A system and method are provided for supporting video browsing over a communication network such as the Internet/World Wide Web. A graphical user interface is provided through a client software tool such as a Web browser. A client/user selects a video data object stored at a remote server. A set of points within the object are displayed at the client's graphical user interface display, as representations, preferably thumbnail images, of the points within the object. The user selects an interval defined by the representations, preferably by using the graphical user interface to select two of the representations. The two selected representations delimit the beginning and end of a portion of the video object. Responsive to this selection, that portion of the video object is downloaded and displayed.