HTML5 video transparent background

Web design has changed significantly through the years, from static HTML pages to fully animated, interactive sites that respond to users.

Videos play an important role in sharing unique content, they are ubiquitous on the web; and for certain sites videos are a must. If you want to show a video on your site and you want to create an engaging experience, consider incorporating a background video.

In this article, I’ll show you a brief overview of the latest technology for creating a background video; and share a few well-executed examples to inspire you.

To help give you some inspiration, we’ve collected some of the more creative, quirky and interesting examples of sites that make full use of video backgrounds. We hope you find our showcase useful for your next web design project.


Music streaming app Spotify uses background video to help add emotion to their landing page. The core message behind the site is that Spotify is available to provide music for every moment. The background video, a series of clips which demonstrate emotional attachment in different ways, combines well with the accompanying music to generate a sentimental atmosphere around the brand.


HTML5 Video & Youtube background

This plugin makes it easy to add fit-to-fill background video to websites. It can play silent ambient background video (or series of videos). Or use it as a player to show video playlist. BigVideo.js can also show big background images, which is nice to have for showing big background images for devices that don’t have autoplay for ambient video.

jQuery HTML5 video background

Will place a resizable video in to the background of the page or designated element. Browsers that don’t support the HTML5 video element will get an image if a poster image was provided.

OKFocus Video

OKVideo is a jQuery plugin that allows for YouTube or Vimeo videos to be used as full-screen backgrounds on webpages. OKVideo aims to be customizable while making some basic decisions about how the plugin should control video. When using OKVideo, all videos will be served from Vimeo or YouTube based on a number of variables like browser, device, bandwidth, etc.

HTML5 Video Background

While Video Backgrounds are a very desirable technique in web design today, there are several limitations to consider before implementing this. Keep in mind that:

  • Fullscreen videos with clickable HTML elements overlaying will not work on iPad.
  • iPhone and Android browser will break the video out into it’s own player, completely destroying this setup. This is not something you should plan to serve to mobile browsers.
  • Autoplay is also disabled on iOS devices, again solidifying that this type of design is not suited for the current mobile browsing environment.


HTML5 Video & Youtube background

HTML5 video and youtube gallery / background with Flash backup for older browsers and many customization options and special features like skip intro with cookie detection.

Multiple layouts with optional playlist, clean video with no other screen elements, mini gallery and widget posibilities.

HTML5 Video & Youtube background

Example of the jQuery Video Background plugin. Will place a resizable video in to the background of the page or designated element. Browsers that don’t support the HTML5 video element will get an image if a poster image was provided.

If the containing element’s width and height does not match the aspect ration of the video, the video will not stretch to fill the container but will render based on the largest dimension.

jQuery tubular

The title sounds interesting? Isn’t it? Have a Youtube video as your page background using jQuery? Well having a Youtube video as background may be disturbing as if speed is not good then the user experience will not be good. But let’s not discuss the pros and cons of having Youtube video as background. That is left to you. You decide?

Okay. So now lets go to the point on how to set the Youtube video as background. Well, that is possible using a jQuery plugin called “jQuery tubular”. jQuery tubular is a plugin that places a YouTube video of your choice into your page as a background.

HTML5 Video & Youtube background

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HTML5 Video & Youtube background

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Full screen slider / Video + Parallax background + Number counter + etc there’re a lot of features that will make your site look more appealing.

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