Video Background

Use JW Player to display a video as a background.

License: All
Player Version:
Author: John Kreitlow | GitHub
This demo includes:
  • on('complete')
  • on('firstFrame')
  • on('time')

Check out our JW Player Blog post for more details about this demo.

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<script type="text/javascript">

var videoContainer = $('#js-background-video-container'),

function setupPlayer() {
  // This flag is used to prevent unnecessary cycles with the time event
  var isReady = false;

  var backgroundVideo = jwplayer('js-background-video').setup({
    autostart: true,
    controls: false,
    playlist: fullPlaylist,
    mute: true,
    repeat: true,
    stretching: 'fill',
    height: '100%',
    width: '100%'

   * When the next playlist item is triggered, we can remove the video's opacity
  backgroundVideo.on('firstFrame', function(e) {

   * We use the video container's CSS transition-end event to queue up the next
   * video's poster image.
  videoContainer.on('transitionend', function(e) {
    if (!videoContainer.hasClass('is-fading')) {

   * Two seconds before the video ends, we take the poster image of the next-up
   * video and set it as the background of the container.
  backgroundVideo.on('time', function(e) {
    if (e.position >= (e.duration - 2) && !isReady) {
      isReady = true;

   * When the video is done, we reset the isReady flag to make sure we can check
   * the time event properly for the next video.
  backgroundVideo.on('complete', function() {
    isReady = false;

   * setPosterImage just makes sure the poster image is loaded and ready to go
   * before setting the video container background and fading the video out.
  function setPosterImage() {
    var posterImage;
    // Get the next video's playlist index, so we can set the poster image for
    // the fadeout animation
    var nextIndex = backgroundVideo.getPlaylistIndex() + 1;
    nextIndex = nextIndex >= fullPlaylist.length ? 0 : nextIndex;
    posterImage = fullPlaylist[nextIndex]['image'];

    $('<img>').attr('src', posterImage).load(function() {
      videoContainer.css('background-image', 'url(' + posterImage + ')');

 * If we grab the playlist feed before setting up the player, we can manipulate
 * the playlist object and set up any specific adjustments. For instance, you
 * could shuffle the order of the playlist items.
   * Fun fact: You can use a single video's media ID with the Feeds API and it
   * will return a playlist with one video. Pretty nifty!
  url: '//',
  dataType: 'JSON'
}).done(function(data) {
   * We store the playlist so we can set the background image of the next video
   * for a smooth transition between videos.
  fullPlaylist = data.playlist;

Please Note: This player implementation is a Proof of Concept only provided to show the possibilities of the JW Player and Platform and should not be taken as an offer to create, edit or maintain custom integration or development.