Video Block

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The Video Block allows you to upload and embed video into your post or page.

You can type “/video” in a new paragraph block to add one quickly.

How to add a video block to a post of page
add a video block to a post of page

Detailed instructions on adding blocks

Adding a Video

When you add a Video Block you will be prompted with three options to add your content, UploadMedia Library, and Insert from URL.

The Upload will allow you to upload a new video file from your computer. Media Library lets you select a file that’s already uploaded to your site’s media library.

If you insert a URL from a supported block type, such as YouTube, the Video Block will automatically transform into a YouTube Block.

How to add a video to the block
How to add a video to the block

Once the video is embedded in the page, you can add an optional caption if desired.

Block Toolbar

Every block comes with unique toolbar icons and block-specific user controls that allow you to manipulate the block right in the editor.

The Video Block shows standard six buttons:

  • Change block type or style
  • Moving handles
  • Change alignment
  • Text tracks
  • Replace
  • More options

Change block type or style

Tool to change the block style

You can transform the video block into a Columns Block, Cover Block, File Block, Media & Text Block, or Group. The Group would give you the ability to change the background color around the video.

Editor view of Video Block transformed into a Group with Color settings controls

Moving handles

Tools to move the block around
Tools to move the block around

The up and down arrow icons can be used to shift a block up and down in your document.

Get more information about moving a block within the editor.

Change alignment

Change alignment for the video block
Change alignment for the video block
  • None – Default alignment option.
  • Wide width – Increase the width of the post beyond the content size.
  • Full width – Extend the block to cover the full width of the screen.
  • Align left – Make the block left-aligned.
  • Align center – Make the block alignment centered.
  • Align right – Make the block right aligned.

Text tracks

Text tracks for the video block to make content more accessible
Text track for the block

The Text tracks option will allow you to display timed text tracks (such as subtitles or captions) when the media is playing.

The tracks are formatted in WebVTT format (.vtt files) — Web Video Text Tracks.

Once you upload the track, you will find the edit track option.

Label

A user-readable title of the text track which is used by the browser when listing available text tracks.

Source language

Language of the track text data. It must be a valid BCP 47 language tag. If the Kind attribute is set to Subtitles, then the Source language must be defined.

Kind

How the text track is meant to be used. If omitted, the default kind is Subtitles. If the attribute contains an invalid value, it will use Metadata.

  • Subtitles: Translations of the dialogue in the video for when audio is available but not understood. Subtitles are shown over the video.
  • Captions: Transcription of the dialogue, sound effects, musical cues, and other audio information for when the viewer is deaf/hard of hearing or the video is muted. Captions are also shown in the video.
  • Descriptions: Text descriptions of what’s happening in the video for when the video portion isn’t available because the viewer is using assistive technology. Descriptions are read by a screen reader or turned into a separate audio track.
  • Chapters: Chapter titles that are used to create navigation within the video. Typically they’re in the form of a list of chapters that the viewer can click on to go to a specific chapter.
  • Metadata: Tracks that have data meant for javascript to parse and do something with. These aren’t shown to the user.

Replace

Replacing the video on the block
Replacing the video on the block

The Replace option will allow you to select a new video file for your block. Use this if you need to replace the video file in your Video Block. You’ll have the option to select Open Media Library, Upload, or Current media URL.

More option

These controls give you the option to copy, duplicate, and edit your block as HTML.

Read about these and other settings.

Block Settings

Every block has specific options in the editor sidebar in addition to the options found in the block toolbar. If you do not see the sidebar, simply click the ‘cog’ icon next to the Publish button.

Video settings

Video settings for the video block

Autoplay, Loop, & Muted

These options let you set your video file to autoplay when someone visits the page or post. Looping lets you choose if the video file repeats after it is finished. You can also choose to mute the video if your circumstance requires it.

Playback controls

Toggle this option to show or hide the playback control overlay on the video.

  • With Playback controls:
Video with the playback controls
Video with the playback controls
  • Without Playback controls:
Video without the playback controls
Video without the playback controls

Play inline

This option lets you set your video is to be played inline, that is within the element’s playback area.

Note: Turning this option off does not imply that the video will always be played in fullscreen.

Preload

This option allows you to select how much of the video file is downloaded when the page or post is loaded. While it may be tempting to go ahead and have the whole file download automatically, keep in mind that this can slow your page’s load speed down.

There are three settings:

  • Auto – The entire video file is downloaded, regardless of whether the visitor clicks the Play button or not. This makes the biggest impact on your page or post’s load speed, especially with larger video files.
  • Metadata – Only basic info about the file will be downloaded automatically. Like the None option, the download of the video file only begins when someone clicks Play. This setting is also very fast, as the only thing downloaded is text. On a fundamental level, there’s not a big difference between None and Metadata.
  • None – Nothing about the video file is downloaded automatically. The download of the video file only begins when your visitor clicks the Play button. This is the fastest setting.

Poster image

You can choose a poster image that will be displayed before a video is set to play, this can be useful if the first frame of the video isn’t necessarily appealing or indicative of the video content. An eye-catching poster image can really draw attention to your video.

Advanced

The Advanced tab lets you add HTML anchor and CSS class(es) to your block.

Advanced  settings for the video block
Advanced settings for the video block

HTML anchor allows you to make a unique web address for a particular Video Block. Then, you’ll be able to link directly to a Video Block of your page.

The Additional CSS class(es) lets you add CSS class(es) to your block, allowing you to write custom CSS and style the block as you see fit.

Changelog

  • Updated 2022-11-25
    • Change screenshot alignment for mobile view
    • Remove redundant text
    • Added caption to images
  • Updated 2022-02-04
    • Changed screenshots
  • Updated 2020-12-07
    • Added Text tracks in Block Toolbar
    • Changed screenshots in Block Toolbar
  • Updated 2020-08-25
    • Screenshots as per WordPress 5.5
    • Added feature changes in Block Toolbar
    • Added feature changes in Block Settings
  • Updated 2020-06-18
    • Added “Go back to the list of Blocks” to the top of the page
    • Added the Changelog
  • Created 2019-03-07

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