Jquery Background Video Plugin For Jquery

If you’re using background video on your site, you’ll know how frustrating it is to find a plugin that works as expected. I’ve tried plenty, but none worked very well. Luckily for you, I had a few hours spare and have built my own plugin for Jquery.

There are a lot of Jquery video background plugins on the market. A lot! Even searching the Internet for most popular plugins lists over 10 different options. How can you choose which one is the best? My name is Chris, and I’ve been building websites for almost a decade. My understanding of everything technical has greatly helped me to generate income online through my websites and by helping others by answering questions on forums.

I’ve been a fan of background video for years now. I was fascinated ever since the first time I saw it, and I thought to myself: “Hey, this is pretty cool!” Background video gives an impression that the video is floating above the website’s content.

Jquery Background Video Plugin For Jquery

Instantly improve your HTML5 background videos with a single line of jQuery.

Built by the folks over at BG Stock – Premium HTML5 Background Videos.

What does the plugin do?

The plugin allows you to enhance your background videos in a few ways

  • Allows you to fade in your video when it starts playing (to avoid a sudden jump)
  • Emulates background-size: cover; / object-fit: cover;
  • Destroys the video and prevents it downloading on iOS devices (because they can’t do background video)
  • Optionally auto-pause video after X seconds (easier on your users’ power consumption)
  • Optionally add and position a pause/play button

Example: http://codepen.io/GusRuss89/pen/bVwNrE


With bower

bower install jquery-background-video

With npm

npm install --save jquery-background-video

With git

git clone https://github.com/BGStock/jquery-background-video

Or just download the zip

How do I use it?

1. Include the latest version of jQuery. E.g.

<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-2.1.4.min.js"></script>

2. Include jquery.background-video.js

<script src="path/to/jquery.background-video.js"></script>

3. Add a <video> as the first child of the element that you want it to be the background for

<div class="element-with-video-bg jquery-background-video-wrapper">
	<video class="my-background-video jquery-background-video" loop autoplay muted playsinline poster="path/to/your/poster.jpg">
		<source src="path/to/video.mp4" type="video/mp4">
		<source src="path/to/video.webm" type="video/webm">
		<source src="path/to/video.ogv" type="video/ogg">

Note: the class names jquery-background-video and jquery-background-video-wrapper are only used in the CSS, just remember to update them there if you want to change them. The class name my-background-video is for demo purposes, this can be whatever you like.

If you’re using the fade-in option you should also set the poster image as a background-image for your wrapper element.

.element-with-video-bg {
	background-image: url(path/to/your/poster.jpg);

It’s important to use background-image instead of the shorthand background because the plugin CSS sets background-positionbackground-repeat and background-size, which would be overwritten by the shorthand background.

iOS Support: Automatic playing of videos is supported as of iOS 10+, but requires the playsinline attribute on the <video> tag.

4. Call the plugin on the video element

In your main JavaScript file



With a data attribute on the video tag

<video data-bgvideo="true" [other video params]>

5. (Recommended) include or copy/paste the CSS into your project

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="path/to/jquery.background-video.css">


Default options

	fullScreen: false, // Sets the video to be fixed to the full window - your <video> and it's container should be direct descendents of the <body> tag
	fadeIn: 500, // Milliseconds to fade video in/out (0 for no fade)
	pauseAfter: 120, // Seconds to play before pausing (0 for forever)
	fadeOnPause: false, // For all (including manual) pauses
	fadeOnEnd: true, // When we've reached the pauseAfter time
	showPausePlay: true, // Show pause/play button
	pausePlayXPos: 'right', // left|right|center
	pausePlayYPos: 'top', // top|bottom|center
	pausePlayXOffset: '15px', // pixels or percent from side - ignored if positioned center
	pausePlayYOffset: '15px' // pixels or percent from top/bottom - ignored if positioned center

All options can alternatively be specified in data attributes on your video tag with a bgvideo prefix. Just change camel casing to hyphens and lower case. E.g. fadeIn becomes data-bgvideo-fade-in.

<video data-bgvideo="true" data-bgvideo-fade-in="2000" [other video params]>

Overriding default options


$.fn.bgVideo.defaults.fadeIn = 5000;
$.fn.bgVideo.defaults.showPausePlay = false;

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