The Video Control Panel can be used to add a background video to an element (a container, grid, or text box) and edit the settings and behavior of that video. It is also used to edit the settings of the Video Element.

If you aren't sure whether to add video to your page as a background video, or via the Video Element, refer to this article which can help you decide.

To open the Video Control Panel, click the icon in the right toolbar, select it from the "Window" menu, or press <shift>-V on your keyboard.

Add a Video to an Element

To add a video to an element, click the "Add Video" button. This will open the video uploader window. You can then add video by uploading it from your local drive, or streaming it from a 3rd-party source (i.e. YouTube, Vimeo).

Streaming from an External URL

To stream from an external source, select the "External Video URL" tab in the video uploader window.

Then paste the video URL (i.e. the YouTube link) into the "external URL" field and hit return on your keyboard. You should immediately see the video appear within the Video Controls panel, and within the element on the stage.

Uploading a Video from your Local Drive

You can also add video by uploading it from your local drive. If you upload your own video, then you can just drag and drop it from either the Media Library or directly from your desktop into the video element.

For uploaded video, you are limited to a maximum file size of 200 MB. If you want to display video on your site that is larger than this, you should stream it from an external URL.

Add a Cover Image

You can choose a "cover image" or thumbnail to provide a static representation of the video when it is not playing. This may often be a single frame a few seconds into the video. For videos on YouTube or Vimeo, you need to update the cover image there. If you uploaded the video to Brandcast, you can change it in the Video Panel.

  • Add Image will prompt you to open your local drive to add a thumbnail image to your video.

  • 'Open Media Library' allows you to add a thumbnail image to your video from your media library.

  • Remove Image will reset the default thumbnail image.

Adding a Background Video

You may apply a background video to any element on the page. If you want to add a background video, don't drag a Video Element onto the stage — instead, select another element (such as a container or text box) and use the Video Controls Panel to add a video.

Note that background video will not auto-play on mobile. It's often a good idea to add a thumbnail image so that mobile users will have a nice, high-res image load in its place.

Video Settings

Loop Video

This option sets the video to automatically play in a loop. 

Live Preview

Turns the video playback on and off while you are working in the Brandcast Design Studio.

Auto Play

This sets the video to automatically begin playing when the page is loaded.

Mute Audio

This disables the sound of the video.

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