Aside from images and text, videos are a great way to showcase content on your website. With Avada’s premium sliders such as the Fusion Slider, Revolution Slider, and Layer Slider, you have the option to upload videos from Youtube, Vimeo and even Self-Hosted videos. Self hosted videos require a few steps to create and a few file formats per video.This step by step article below will cover the various file formats of self hosted videos, how to make the two required file formats, areas of Avada that can use the videos, and how to use the videos in those areas.
A Self Hosted Video Consists of 4 File Formats
- .MP4 – A required file format for uploading Self-Hosted videos. This file works for all browsers excerpt for Firefox.
- .WEBM – A required file format for uploading Self-Hosted videos. This file is specifically for Firefox browser
- .OGV – An optional file format for uploading Self-Hosted videos.
- Video Preview Image – The image that will be seen in place of your video on older browsers or mobile devices.
The Only Required Formats Are MP4 and WEBM
Self hosted videos require two file formats to display correctly in all browsers. MP4 is used for all major browsers except for Firefox, which uses the WEBM format. With these two formats, your video will display correctly in all major browsers. These steps below assume that you already have a video to use. Videos come in many different formats, so the idea is that you need to convert your current video format to MP4 and WEBM files, which can then be uploaded and used on your website.
How To Create A MP4 File
Step 1 – After creating your video, make sure to save it in .MP4 format. The video must also be in 16:9 Aspect Ratio.
Step 2 – If you are unable to save your video in .MP4 format, you must convert it to .MP4 format via a 3rd party software, like Handbrake or Miro Video Converter. Please see the links below for information on how to do this.
How To Create A WEBM File
Step 1 – Once you have a video in .MP4 format, you can now convert it to .WEBM format. You can do this with Firefogg or Miro Video Converter. Firefogg only works in Firefox. If you’re using a different browser, we recommend downloading Miro Video Converter instead
Step 2 – If you choose to use Firefogg, you can simply upload your .MP4 video and it will automatically convert it to .WEBM format. If you choose to use Miro Video Converter, you must first download the software before you can convert a .MP4 video to .WEBM format.
Areas You Can Use Self-Hosted Videos
- Fusion Slider – Using the Fusion Slider, you can insert Self-Hosted videos into your slides.
- Full Width Container – Using the Full Width Container, you can set a Self-Hosted video as the background.
- Layer Slider – Using the Layer Slider, you can insert Self-Hosted videos into your slides.
- Revolution Slider – Using the Revolution Slider, you can insert Self-Hosted videos into your slides.
How To Use The MP4 And WEBM Files
Once you have your video in .MP4 and .WEBM formats, you’re now ready to upload them.
Step 1 – Choose the area of the site you want to use Self-Hosted videos. Each area described above has slightly different upload methods, but all require the same files.
Step 2 – In your chosen area, simply upload the correct file format to the correct field. For example, upload the .MP4 file format to the .MP4 Upload field. There will be a field for each required file format.
Step 3 – If there is just a simple text field with no video uploader button, like in Full Width Containers, you will need to upload the files to the Media Section then copy the URL.
Step 4 – If your media files are too big to upload through the Media Manager, you will need to upload them to your server via FTP.