The fundamentals of using Slider Revolution.

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Changing Videos and Dealing with Cross-Site Origin

In this entry we’ll learn how to handle video layers and backgrounds.

Three Video Types

Videos in a Slider Revolution [?] Slider Revolution is a website content creation tool with a focus on captivating animation and stunning visual effects.

It began its life as a plugin for creating slideshows, but has evolved into a fully fledged piece of design software.
video layer [?] Layers are containers for visual, audio or layout items and are added to slides. For example, text, button, image, audio, video, group and row are all types of layers.

Layers are added to slides via the module editor.
can come from one of three sources: YouTube, Vimeo, and HTML5.

HTML5 refers to your own video that you have uploaded to your site, or videos included with Slider Revolution.

Select a video layer:

Go into its Layer Options tab, Content subsection and Media Content panel. Here you will see the Type option where are you can choose from the three sources mentioned above:

Adding HTML5 Videos

After selecting HTML5 in the video Type option, locate the MPEG field below it:

Click Media Library to upload your own video using WordPress. Alternatively, click Object Library to choose from one of the videos included with Slider Revolution:

Choosing a video from Slider Revolution’s Object Library will upload that video to your WordPress site. Whether you upload your own video or choose one from the Object Library, the web address of your uploaded video will then be displayed in the MPEG field:

Adding YouTube or Vimeo Videos

Video ID

To make either a YouTube or Vimeo video appear in a video layer select either YouTube Video or Vimeo Video in the video Type option. You’ll need to find the ID of the video in question, then copy and paste that ID into the layer’s Video ID field.

The Video ID field can be located in the video layer’s Layer Options tab, Content sub-section, under the Media Content panel:

Finding YouTube IDs

Look in the URL of the video for the string of letters and numbers after: watch?v=

This is the YouTube ID and it should look something like: mn5hC07aGvE

Finding Vimeo IDs

Go to the webpage of the video you want to use and copy the numbers on the end of the video URL after the trailing /

These numbers are the Vimeo ID, and should look something like: 4446067

Media Poster

A media poster is an image, with the same dimensions as the video, that will act as a placeholder until the video is played.

In the following example image, you can see that we have a added a YouTube video to our video layer, however where the video is placed there is only a standard blue placeholder image:

In the Layer Options tab, Content subsection and Media Poster panel, click the YouTube Thumb button:

Slider Revolution will retrieve the YouTube video’s thumbnail image and set it as the media poster:

Note: If the video you have chosen is a Vimeo video, the above process remains the same, however in this case the YouTube Thumb button will be replaced with a Vimeo Thumb button:

Alternatively you can use your own image from the Media Library, or select one of Slider Revolution’s Object Library images:

If you have selected an image you don’t want, go to the Layer Options tab, Content subsection and Media Poster panel, and then click the Remove Poster button.

Blank YouTube Videos: Dealing with Cross-Site Origin

After adding a YouTube video and saving & previewing your module you may notice your video does not play. This may be because of a security setting used by YouTube called “cross-site origin”.

There’s no need to get into technical detail, but basically it’s a way of ensuring safety when using content from one site on another site.

To solve this issue you just need to communicate the URL of your site to YouTube. This can be done through the Arguments field, which is in the Layer Options tab, Content sub-section, Arguments panel:

In the Arguments field add:


Note: If after clicking in the Arguments field you notice it already has a string of text in it, then just add an ampersand (&) on the end, with no spaces, followed by your new text at the end:


For example, if you click in the Arguments field and see a string of text like this:


then modify that string by adding your text to the end like this:


Video Backgrounds

The guide above shows processes that apply to video layers. Those same process steps also apply to video backgrounds [?] A "background" in Slider Revolution is a type of layer that is always present in every module, and is always visually behind all other layers.

A background can be transparent, a flat color, a gradient, an image, or a video. It can be animated in the same way as other layers can be, however it cannot be deleted.
, however for a video background the video type and media poster image must be set from within a slightly different area of Slider Revolution.

If your video is a part of your background layer, selecting your video type and media poster image is instead performed via the Slide Options tab, Background sub-section, Source panel:

The Type field will be populated with the type of content you have in your background. The example image above shows that the background is a “HTML5 Video”. If you have not yet added any type of content to your background, this field will be set to “Transparent” by default:

The Arguments field is also located in the same Background sub-section, all the way at the bottom in the YouTube Settings or Vimeo Settings panel:

Note: The Arguments field will not be visible for certain types of background content. It is only required for solving cross-site origin issues with playing your YouTube and Vimeo videos, and so the field will only display if you are using a YouTube or Vimeo video in your background.

Up Next: Color Selection

Slider Revolution’s color selection dialogue box is a feature rich powerful tool that we have so far only touched on lightly.

Coming up next we’ll take a deep dive into this tool and show you how to take full advantage of it when creating color schemes for your modules.

Changing Videos and Dealing with Cross-Site Origin