From static images to animated GIFs, from “best viewed on Netscape 4.0” to being viewed on any and every device imaginable, the Internet has always pushed itself to new limits.
So it's no surprise when we see more and more websites using video. It's not just videos as primary content either—we now see videos being used as backgrounds and in other supporting roles as well.
Here's a roundup of 20 useful video plugins available on Envato Market that you can use to bring more video into your next web project.
Adding a video background to your WordPress website is super easy with the Video & Parallax Backgrounds For Visual Composer.
It has all the basic options you’ll need to adapt it to your current theme—and it’s been tested on many different themes.
This is an easy way to add a video background, and it has some great parallax image background options as well.
You can configure it for full-width, full-height, fullscreen, HD video backgrounds, multi-layered parallax/video/hover backgrounds, and more.
Simply activate this plugin with your WordPress theme and you’ll be ready to implement video, parallax and hover background elements.
Video & Parallax Backgrounds For Visual Composer is a quick and easy way to add stunning video and parallax effects to your WordPress website.
Start playing .MP4 and .WEBM video files in style with the HTML5 Video Player with Playlist & Multiple Skins.
This isn’t just an HTML5 video player—you can set up playlists as well.
This includes two different versions. The first version has the playlist located on the right side while the second version places your playlist below the video.
The HTML5 Video Player with Playlist & Multiple Skins is super light, weighing in at only 38KB, and is easy to implement.
The Modern HTML5 Responsive YouTube Playlist Player is an elegant way to bring YouTube videos to your website.
With two different layouts and “responsive with intelligent resizing,” YouTube videos have never looked so good.
Simply enter a YouTube playlist ID, channel ID, or any array of video IDs as a playlist source, and you’ll be able to present YouTube videos without YouTube’s default interface.
Some features include:
On smaller screens it will toggle the playlist or hide the video controls, maximizing screen space for the video.
Even though it’s been around for many years, now, the CoverFlow view used in OS X is a handsome way to view files.
And now, with the CCGallery - HTML5 Multimedia Gallery, you can present images, audio, and video using the same style on your website.
The UI includes the ability to select CoverFlow or thumbnails, as well as sorting the three different supported media types (image, audio, and video).
Other features include:
Fluid, responsive, and with touch screen support, the CCGallery - HTML5 Multimedia Gallery is ready to display your website media.
Easily “plug and play” your way into a video background WordPress solution.
Easy Video Background WP can be used fullscreen, div, or thumbnail.
The most unique and “eye-popping” (I hate saying that) feature has to be the thumbnail option that autoplays the video on mouseover. A very cool effect.
Easy Video Background WP is not only easy, but includes polished options to implement in your WordPress website.
You can throw local, streaming, and YouTube videos at this video player. Maybe that’s why it’s called the Ultimate Video Player?
This video player is full of options:
For those hosting their own videos, there is an optional “video download” button that can be added or removed globally or on a per-video basis. With unlimited playlists, flexible skin, and multiple fallback options, maybe this is the Ultimate Video Player (WordPress version also available).
This is a simple video plugin that could easily find its way into a web dev’s toolbox of tricks.
Create a YouTube or Vimeo popup after the user clicks on any link embedded in your website—text, image, or whatever you’ve anchored it to.
The FullScreen Background / Gallery – Image and Video jQuery plugin includes several different options for both video and images.
Some of the features include:
The FullScreen Background / Gallery – Image and Video plugin can be used as a full-screen background, full-screen multimedia gallery, or full-width multimedia slider for all your video and image needs. It also comes in a WordPress packaged version.
One does not simply share useful video plugins without including this robust of a solution.
The HelloVideo – Video CMS is a full-featured premium PHP script that displays videos on posts, pages, and can make your videos available free or to subscribers only.
HelloVideo’s impressive features set includes:
HelloVideo is very polished and fits the video-centric website niche very well. The built-in payment gateway system is certainly a nice bonus feature.
Simple and light.
Just like all good jQuery HTML5 video players should be.
Using HTML5, jQuery and jPlayer with a Flash fallback, the MediaBox - jQuery Plugin for Audio & Video includes some nice bells and whistles.
There are plenty of options and API. Some features include:
You can mix up your own functionality with the developer-friendly API and use the widgets independently or all together for more robust solutions.
Create multimedia applications quickly and easily with MediaBox - jQuery Plugin for Audio & Video.
The Vimuse - HTML5 Media Player feels more like a multimedia app than something you would embed in a website. This robust and dynamic media plugin is an excellent video and audio player.
Play back your self-hosted audio and video files or pull videos from YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion or audio from the Shoutcast and Icecast streams.
It comes packaged with two color schemes and has a huge list of configurable options.
This WordPress video plugin transforms your website into the perfect YouTube video portal.
The YouTube Channel WordPress Plugin – Yottie is a must-have for YouTubers trying to establish their own web presence.
Some of the powerful features include:
This WordPress video plugin packs in so many features that it feels more like a theme than a plugin. YouTube Channel WordPress Plugin – Yottie is an impressive offering in the video plugin world and should seriously be considered by YouTubers.
If your WordPress website serves up a lot of videos, getting some good SEO juice on it can be difficult. With the Ultimate Video SEO Plugin, however, it doesn’t have to be.
This video plugin has everything you’d want in a video SEO plugin:
With a well-styled XML video sitemap and being so easy to configure, this is one of the most impressive WordPress video SEO plugins you’ll find.
The Ultimate Video SEO Plugin is the “Yoast” of video SEO.
Here’s another nice option to consider for incorporating your YouTube videos or channel into your WordPress powered website.
WP Playlist Video Gallery is perfect for building out video playlists and galleries.
Create as many playlists as you want with this beautifully styled plugin.
WP Playlist Video Gallery is a nice WordPress video plugin to integrate YouTube videos and playlists into your website.
Easily add YouTube, Vimeo, and self-hosted video fullscreen video backgrounds with the HTML5 Video Player & FullScreen Video Background video plugin.
Display a fullscreen video with no black bars, or configure it with:
Images are great, but videos are better.
Add some video previews to your products with the WooCommerce Video Links - Product Embedded Videos WordPress plugin.
Replacing your WooCommerce Featured Product Image on product pages with video doesn’t get much easier than this.
The WooCommerce Video Links - Product Embedded Videos is an awesome addition to your e-commerce storefront.
Easily integrate the PHP Video Plugin into CodeIgniter or standard PHP. This video plugin is a nice addition to any web dev’s toolbox.
“This video plugin can take a YouTube or Vimeo URL and return an array of info such as a thumbnail image, title, length, tags, views, etc. It can even automatically embed the video into the page.”
Furthermore, it uses the new iframe embed which adds HTML5 support, making videos play on iOS and Android devices.
I imagine the PHP Video Plugin will be a standard go-to for many.
Much like some of the aforementioned WordPress plugin options, StarTube - YouTube Video Gallery Powered by jQuery will provide an easy and powerful way to bring YouTube videos to your website (WordPress not required).
If you need a video gallery, StarTube - YouTube Video Gallery Powered by jQuery is worth a view.
YouTubeR - Unique YouTube Videos Plugin really is a unique WordPress video plugin for YouTubers.
It’s fully responsive, includes four templates, and is WPML compatible, but that’s not what will catch your eye.
YouTubeR allows you to upload your videos to YouTube through WordPress.
Afterwards, you can easily embed videos, playlists, and channels. But upload them? That’s a new trick. It also includes widgets, is AJAX powered, uses Google API, and much more.
Finally, YouTubeR - Unique YouTube Videos Plugin does a wonderful job integrating YouTube functions like “thumbsup,” “thumbsdown,” and other YouTube features.
From YouTube clones to well-designed solutions to embed videos, video plugins come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, making it easy to implement video into web projects.
You can find these plugins as well anything else you need for your next creative project on Envato Market. And if you can't find exactly what you're looking for, consider one of the many code tutorials, courses, or eBooks.
Have you used video in any of your recent web projects?