A Video Cover is a great way to create a powerful first impression for your Collection, and introduce your clients to their Galleries. You can now use videos from YouTube or Vimeo as a video background for your Gallery Covers. Video backgrounds play without sound on loop and create a powerful visual experience for your galleries. You can also watch the video with sound in fullscreen playback directly from the Gallery.
- A black background with your Collection Name will display while the video buffers. If the video takes a few seconds to load, the Cover Photo for the Collection (also referred to as the mobile fallback image) may display. The load/buffering time depends on your internet connection.
- Mobile browsers on smartphones and tablets don't support background videos. Your Cover Photo will be displayed by default on all mobile devices, and will be used when Sharing the Collection.
- There is no time limit for the embedded videos, although shorter videos will loop more frequently, which may cause the black background to be displayed more often.
YouTube Video Tips
- Set the video to Public/Unlisted and allow embedding. Private YouTube videos don’t display as background videos.
- Disable Overlay ads. If your video has Overlay ads enabled, the ads will display over the background video.
- Depending on the layout you choose and the device your visitors use, they may briefly see a YouTube logo in the bottom right corner of the video. You can make this more subtle by applying the Blur Filter to your video.
- Video ads that play before the video, also known as pre-roll ads, won't play on background videos.
Vimeo Video Tips
- Set the video to Anyone/Hidden from Vimeo.com/Private Link and allow embedding Anywhere. Private Vimeo videos don’t display as background videos.
- If you have a Vimeo Plus, PRO, or Business account, you can set the video to Hide this video from Vimeo.com and allow embedding Only on sites I choose.
- We recommend uploading videos to a Vimeo Plus or PRO account. Vimeo Basic accounts display the Vimeo player bar for the first few seconds of playback in the background.
- If someone using a Vimeo playback video wants to change the end screen, they’ll need to have a paid account. For Vimeo end screen details, see their article.
Step 1 - Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo
To add a Video Cover, upload your file to YouTube or Vimeo and find the share URL. Pixieset does not host your videos, so you will need to upload the files first.
- Create or log into a YouTube account.
- Upload a video or find one you've already uploaded.
- Ensure the video is set to Unlisted/Public and allows embedding.
- Copy the video's share URL.
- Create or log into a Vimeo account.
- Upload a video or find one you've already uploaded by going to My Videos.
- Ensure the video is set to Anyone and can be embedded anywhere.
- Copy the video's share URL. You can find this by using the Share icon, or by simply copying the URL from the browser bar.
Step 2 - Add the Video to the Collection
To add a Video Cover go to the Collection > Collection Settings > Design and click through the cover templates below the preview until you see Video Covers. You will see a preview of a sample video playing on the screen below.
You are able to embed 2 different videos:
1. A Background Video: this video will automatically play in a loop as your Video Cover in the background
2. A Fullscreen Playback Video: this video will be displayed in full screen when the Play Video option is clicked
By default, when you use the Video Cover option, the video you embed will be used for both the Background Video and the Fullscreen video. If you would like to use a shorter clip for the Background, but provide a longer video for Fullscreen viewing, or if you simply wish to use two different videos, we have that option in place as well. Simply select, Use different video for fullscreen playback and add the second video link for the Fullscreen Playback Video URL.
Note: the Video Cover will not play with sound, as it is designed to play in the background, but the Fullscreen Playback Video will play with sound.
Step 3 - Set your Photo Cover for mobile view
When the Collection is being viewed from a mobile device, the Photo Cover will be displayed as background videos are not supported by mobile devices. You'll definitely want to make sure you pick a beautiful Photo to use for your Photo Cover! Fullscreen playback is still supported on mobile devices.
To add a Photo to your Collection Cover, go to the Collection > Collection Settings > Design and use the Change photo option to upload your new Cover Photo. The Cover Photo will be used for the mobile view and as the preview image when you Share the Collection with clients via email or social media.
Videos take too long to load
If a video takes a while to load, it probably needs that extra time to buffer. Many longer videos or videos in HD require additional time to load, especially if you factor in your internet connection. Clicking "Play" on a video starts the buffering process. If you pause the video and wait for content to load in the background, you should be able to build up the buffer and play the video with fewer issues.
Related YouTube videos are playing after mine
YouTube displays related videos after a video finishes playing. This is a YouTube feature and isn't controlled by Pixieset. You cannot currently disable this option.
Buttons and controls aren’t showing on Vimeo videos
Vimeo enables "Tiny Mode" when a Video Block is less than 300 pixels wide or 170 pixels tall. Tiny Mode hides buttons and additional information, such as the title, control bar, and the Watch Later/Share buttons. To prevent this, visitors can view the Video Block on a larger display.
Do plays on my website count?
Every video service controls when video plays count; this is not controlled by Pixieset. Plays of embedded videos might add to your view count, depending on where the video is hosted:
- YouTube - Doesn't count views of embedded videos. However, YouTube provides a breakdown of where viewers are finding your videos. Learn more in YouTube Analytics documentation.
- Vimeo - Vimeo counts views from embedded videos. Learn more in Vimeo's documentation.