Web Design

Top Plugins for Adding Video Backgrounds to Your Website

We share some of the best tools, resources, addons and plugins that will allow you to quickly and easily add video backgrounds to your site.

Portrait for Envato By Envato
Posted 11 May 2016
Web design

Today, we take a look at some of the best tools, resources, and plugins that will allow you to quickly add video backgrounds to your site in no time.

As well as some fantastic resources from Codecanyon we have also included a selection of free and open-source plugins (for theme and template developers) that will help you get the job done much quicker.

1. Ultimate Addons for Visual Composer (WordPress)

The Ultimate Addons for Visual Composer plugin adds several premium elements to Visual Composer on top of the built-in ones. As well as fixed-image and parallax scrolling backgrounds, it also comes with support for both hosted and Youtube video backgrounds.

Ultimate Addons for Visual Composer WordPress

2. Video Player & FullScreen Video Background (HTML5)

This HTML5 Video Player is ideal if you need to add a video player to your site. It does support video backgrounds and you can use either YouTube, Vimeo or self-hosted videos.

Video Player & FullScreen Video Background HTML5

3. Simple BG – Easy Video Background (HTML5)

The Simple BG addon makes it very easy to create video backgrounds on your site. This script will the pick the best quality of video (either Youtube or native) to display in the background and also comes with a selection of control functions, such as pause, play, mute, and many more.

Simple BG – Easy Video Background HTML5

4. Full Width Background Gallery with Youtube Video (HTML5)

The Full Width Background Gallery plugin is an extended version of the Full Width Background Slider plugin, and offers the added option of using unlimited slides and also full-width Youtube video backgrounds.

Full Width Background Gallery with Youtube Video HTML5

5. BigVideo.js (HTML5)

BigVideo.js has been built on top of Video.js which is a popular HTML5 video library. You can add different video types as a fallback, which is perfect for large browser support.

BigVideo.js HTML5

If you’re looking for a quick way of getting started with this plugin, you could follow along with this Codrops tutorial.

6. Vide (jQuery)

Vide behaves in a similar manner as BigVideo.js above. The background video is appended onto the page through a div with code written in jQuery. This plugin also offers an optional poster image which can be used as a preloader while the video buffers.

Vide video background plugin for jQuery

7. jQuery Tubular (jQuery)

Tubular is another jQuery video background plugin that pulls video data straight from YouTube. This is perfect if you don’t want to host the video yourself in order to save bandwidth. If you’re curious to see how this works check out the Tubular live demo.

Tubular a jQuery video background plugin

We hope you found what you needed to add a video background to your website on this list. For more plugins, visit Envato's CodeCanyon.