vidbacking is a jQuery plugin to create HTML5 / Youtube video as background on webpage with fallback image support. It supports mp4 and webm files as well as Youtube video.
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Video Background Plugin with Support for Youtube Video

vidbacking is an attempt to make HTML5 video-background easy. Support video files and Youtube video

GitHub license

This is a small jQuery plugin to simplify the process of showing HTML5 video as background. You can use this for showing a video file or Youtube video on whole page background or to show the video as the background of a <div>, <section>, like elements.

Features:

  • Cross Browser Video Background Plugin.
  • Support mp4, webm video files.
  • Support Youtube video.
  • Very small file size (4kb total).
  • Easy to use.
  • Can be used for both page background or for an element background.
  • Image fallback when video not supported.
  • Pause video when out of viewport.
  • Multiple instances on same page possible.
  • Device friendly, responsive.
  • Tested on all modern browsers.

Demo

Check few demos in action.

Full page background example with mp4, webm video files

Video as a <div> background with mp4, webm video files

Full page background example with Youtube video

Video as a <div> background with Youtube video

Dependency

The vidbacking depends on jQuery 2.x or higher. No other files required for it to work properly. Also, it requires HTML5 video tag support in the browser(This is a common feature in all major browsers).

How to Install

You can clone/download it from github.com directly. This plugin is also available through npm. In order to download this from npm use the following command

npm install vidbacking

How to use

You can use this video-background plugin in two different way. Either for video as page background, or for the background of a <div>, <section>, or some other block level elements.

For full page background with mp4, or webm video file:

You need to add the HTML5 video tag next to your HTML body tag. Don't forget to add the class="vidbacking" in your video tag.

<video poster="screenshot1.jpg" autoplay muted loop class="vidbacking">
	<source src="video1.mp4" type="video/mp4">
	<source src="video1.webm" type="video/webm">
</video>

Link the css file jquery.vidbacking.min.css provided under the dist folder under your <head /> tag.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="dist/jquery.vidbacking.css" type="text/css">

Then import the script after importing jQuery file, and write a little script as described in following section.

<script type="text/javascript" src="dist/jquery.vidbacking.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
	$(function(){
    		$('body').vidbacking();
	});
</script>

For <div> or other block level elements' background with mp4, or webm video file:

You need to add the HTML5 video tag under the <div> or block level element for which you want to set a video-background. Don't forget to add the class="vidbacking" in your video tag.

<div id="video-back">
	<video poster="screenshot1.jpg" autoplay muted loop class="vidbacking">
		<source src="video1.mp4" type="video/mp4">
		<source src="video1.webm" type="video/webm">
	</video>
    <!-- html content of the div -->
    <h1>Vidbacking Demo of &lt;div&gt; Background</h1>
</div>

Link the css file jquery.vidbacking.min.css provided under the dist folder under your <head /> tag.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="dist/jquery.vidbacking.css" type="text/css">

Then import the script after importing jQuery file, and write a little script as described in following section.

<script type="text/javascript" src="dist/jquery.vidbacking.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
	$(function(){
    		$('#video-back').vidbacking();
	});
</script>

Note: don't forget to import jQuery before adding the above script.

For full page background with Youtube Video:

You need to add the <iframe> tag next to your HTML body tag. You can get that iframe code under Youtube video's share -> Embed section. Copy the entire iframe tag provided there. Paste it in your HTML and add the class="vidbacking" in that iframe tag.

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2NYwewKYHB4" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen  class="vidbacking"></iframe>

Link the css file jquery.vidbacking.min.css provided under the dist folder under your <head /> tag.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="dist/jquery.vidbacking.css" type="text/css">

Then import the script after importing jQuery file, and write a little script as described in following section.

<script type="text/javascript" src="dist/jquery.vidbacking.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
	$(function(){
    		$('body').vidbacking();
	});
</script>

For <div> or other block level elements' background with Youtube video:

You need to add the <iframe> tag under the <div> or block level element for which you want to set a video-background. You can get that iframe code under Youtube video's share -> Embed section. Copy the entire iframe tag provided there. Paste it in your HTML and add the class="vidbacking" in that iframe tag.

<div id="video-back">
	<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2NYwewKYHB4" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen  class="vidbacking"></iframe>
    <!-- html content of the div -->
    <h1>Vidbacking Demo of &lt;div&gt; Background</h1>
</div>

Link the css file jquery.vidbacking.min.css provided under the dist folder under your <head /> tag.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="dist/jquery.vidbacking.css" type="text/css">

Then import the script after importing jQuery file, and write a little script as described in following section.

<script type="text/javascript" src="dist/jquery.vidbacking.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
	$(function(){
    		$('#video-back').vidbacking({
	    		'masked': true
    		});
	});
</script>

Note: don't forget to import jQuery before adding the above script.

Plugin parameters

This plugin support following parameters. You can change the output of vidbacking by setting these parameters.

masked: This parameter can have two possible values true or false. If set to true will masked the video with a png image overlay. Default Value false.

mask-opacity: If masked is true then by setting this parameter you can change the opacity of the mask image. Possible value ranged between 1 to 0, for example mask-opacity: 0.25. Default value 1

video-opacity: You can set the video opacity using this parameter. Possible value ranged between 1 to 0, for example video-opacity: 0.5. This option doesn't work on Youtube videos. Default value 1

youtube-mute-video: Setting this parameter to true makes the Youtube video muted. Default value is true.

youtube-loop: Set this parameter "true" to loop the YouTube video. Possible values are true and false. Default value is true.

I have plans for upgrading this plugin with more functionalities. If you found any issues please report in this repo, I will try to fix them in next release.