We need some real movie trailer IA that just works.

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Personally, I love watching trailers for upcoming movies to see if they are something for me. : )

But, I'm kinda tired of having to go to all different kinds of sites to find the trailer each time.
Sometimes, I'm going to IMDb, other times it's YouTube or maybe even a third site. Or a fourth or a... I'm sure you get the point. : P

I would love to be able to just search for "RoboCop 2014 trailer" and DDG would display a trailer for that movie. (That one's for you @getty ; P)
I don't know any source right now. Maybe IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes could be used. But I'm open for suggestions! : D
• posted 5 years and 3 months ago Needs Source Suggestions

I'm in big favor of this! Would love some source suggestions.
posted by zac Staff5 years and 3 months ago Link
Hey, guys. TheMovieDB seems to have links to trailers included in their API: https://github.com/duckduckgo/zeroclicki.... It looks pretty interesting. :)
posted by Jag Staff5 years and 2 months ago Link
I might have a go at this - what would the preferred layout be? Should it show a carousel with all the trailers, just show the main trailer or something else?
posted by TopHattedCoder Community Leader5 years and 2 months ago Link
@Tophattedcoder, --ya, I'd imagine it working well w/ the Spice carousel and the best available trailers. Not sure if they delineate an, "official" trailer but would still be good to see more than 1.
posted by zac Staff5 years and 20 days ago Link
I don't see why this is necessary. If you search for something like "The wolf of wall street trailer video" DDG returns trailer videos from youtube. Are there any movies that are not turned up from youtube?
posted by chaitanyanettem 5 years and 18 days ago Link
If you search for "harry potter and the deathly hallows part 1 trailer" it shows an extract from wikipedia about Part 2's release. Similarly, if you search "hobbit desolation of smaug trailer" nothing shows up! These are just some examples I tried out of interest.
posted by TopHattedCoder Community Leader5 years and 18 days ago Link
You must end the search with the word video. That invokes the video instant answer and if the search query is a movie then the first two or 3 results are always trailers.
posted by chaitanyanettem 5 years and 17 days ago Link
They're not always relevant - especially when obscure / slightly older movies are buried. E.g. when searching for 'hobbit trailer video' the original is buried by trailers of the sequels. Similarly, if you search for 'indiana jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull trailer video', the movie itself and various fan / spin-off trailers show up - the first trailer I found was a page into the results. With an IA the relevant trailers (mostly hosted on Youtube anyway) could be shown to end-users instantly without them having to filter through youtube results or explicitly type 'videos'. They could even use the release year to filter the trailers.
posted by TopHattedCoder Community Leader5 years and 17 days ago Link
Apparently, you have to make 2 API calls to obtain the movie trailers from TheMovieDB, with seperate steps for searching and getting the trailers. Both require an API key to be fed to them. Anyone know how this could be worked around? TheMovieDB API
posted by TopHattedCoder Community Leader5 years and 18 days ago Link
@tophattedcoder There are some instant answers that use two (even more!) API calls. Take a look at the Dictionary Spice.

Trailers.pm (first call sends JSON to browser) -> browser (front-end uses $.getJSON or $.getScript to fetch the data from the other endpoint) -> TrailersVideo.pm (return the second JSON result) -> browser (now we call Spice.render(...))

Grep for $.getScript for examples in the repository. Tell me if you need any help with that!
posted by Jag Staff5 years and 10 days ago Link
@Jag Thanks! I'll have a try.
posted by TopHattedCoder Community Leader4 years and 11 months ago Link
posted by Jag Staff4 years and 11 months ago Link
I could really use this Instant Answer now, as there has recently been released a trailer for a movie I'm looking forward to! :D

BTW, we could actually use a way to hide spoilers behind some kind of interaction.
Kind of like they have on reddit. :) On desktop it's simply hover/focus (based on CSS).
I haven't used reddit on mobile, but I suppose it's on long-tap.... that's actually quite interesting!

Also, the above is, purposely, not very descriptive, as I wouldn't want to ruin it for anyone, by telling what movie it is.
I have OCD myself*, so I know that the smallest thing can ruin the day or next hour, or ... for us.

*Yes, seriously. Can't you tell? :P
No, I am serious, I do have OCD.
I'm just trying to be funny.
posted by ScreapDK Community Leader3 years and 1 month ago Link