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Adding a background video

You can embed background videos on Cover Pages and some templates' page banners. Background videos play on loop without sound and add a dynamic visual effect to your site.

Background videos pull from Vimeo or YouTube video share URLs. For a custom look and feel, you can apply stylized filters and overlay colors.

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Before you begin

General tips

  • The page or banner background color will display while the video buffers. If the video takes a few seconds to load, the mobile fallback image may display. Load time depends on your internet connection.
  • Mobile browsers don't support background videos. You can display a mobile fallback image in place of the background video on mobile devices.
  • There's no time limit for videos, although shorter videos may display the background color more frequently when looping.

YouTube

  • 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

  • Set the video to Anyone 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.

Step 1 - Find your video URL

To add a background video, upload it to Youtube or Vimeo and find its share URL. It isn't possible to upload a video directly to Squarespace or embed videos hosted by a different service.

YouTube

  1. Create or log into a YouTube account.
  2. Upload a video or find one you've already uploaded.
  3. Ensure the video is set to Unlisted/Public and allows embedding.
  4. Copy the video's share URL.

Vimeo

  1. Create or log into a Vimeo account.
  2. Upload a video or find one you've already uploaded.
  3. Ensure the video is set to Anyone and allows embedding.
  4. Copy the video's share URL.

Step 2 - Add the video

The steps to add the video are different for Cover Pages and website page banners. Follow the steps below depending on where you're adding the video.

Note: Until you add your URL, you'll see a short video of the ocean as a demo placeholder.

Cover Page background

To add the video to a Cover Page:

  1. Open an existing Cover Page, or add a new one:
    • For one-page Cover Page sites: In the Home Menu, click Media.
    • For Cover Pages added to websites or stores: In the Home Menu, click Pages.
  2. Click Media.
  3. In the Media panel, click the Video tab. 
  4. Paste your video's share URL into the Video URL field.

Supported layouts

In most Cover Page layouts, videos play in a full-bleed background behind the Cover Page's content, extending to the edges of the browser.

There are a few exceptions. These layouts display videos differently:

  • Flash - Displays in side panel
  • Spotlight - Displays in side panel
  • Vignette - Displays in side panel
  • Backstory - Displays in side panel
  • Session - Displays in side panel
  • Focus - Displays in the circular portrait area
  • Monocle - Displays in the circular portrait area
  • Flagship - Doesn't support video
  • Harbor - Doesn't support video

Page banner

In some templates, you can add a video background to a website page banner in place of a static banner image. This creates a great visual effect when you combine it with text overlays.

To add the video to a page banner:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Pages.
  2. Hover over the page title in the left panel and then click the .
  3. Click the Media tab. 
  4. In the Media tab, click the Video tab. 
  5. Paste your video's URL into the Video URL field.

Supported templates

The following templates support banner videos on the listed page types. Templates are grouped by family.

Adirondack Regular Page, Product, Album, Events, Blog
Bedford, Anya, Bryant, Hayden Regular Page, Product, Album, Events, Blog
Brine, Aria, Basil, Burke, Cacao, Clay, Ethan, Fairfield, Feed, Foster, Greenwich, Hatch, Heights, Hunter, Hyde, Jaunt, Juke, Keene, Lincoln, Maple, Margot, Marta, Mentor, Mercer, Miller, Mojave, Moksha, Motto, Nueva, Polaris, Rally, Rover, Sofia, Sonny, Sonora, Thorne, Wav, West Regular Page, Album, Events, Blog
Five Regular Page, Album, Events, Blog

Marquee, Adversary, Alex, Eamon, Ginger, Mint, Shift

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Regular Page, Product, Events, Blog
Montauk, Julia, Kent, Om Regular Page, Events, Blog, Index (creates a banner on the Index Page itself; Index grid thumbnails don't display videos)
Pacific, Charlotte, Fulton, Horizon, Naomi Regular Page, Product, Album, Events, Blog
Tremont, Camino, Carson, Henson Regular Page, Product, Album, Events, Blog
York, Artesia, Flores, Harris, Jasper, Jones, Lange, Shibori Regular Page, Product, Album, Events, Blog, Project

Lock screen

You can add a background video to your lock screen in place of an image or a slideshow. All templates support lock screens.

To add a video to a lock screen:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Design.
  2. Click Lock Screen.
  3. Click Media.
  4. Click the Video tab.
  5. Paste your video's URL into the Video URL field.

Step 3 - Add a filter

Filters alter the video's appearance and give it a stylized look. A filter's effect depends on the color and imagery of the video, so we recommend experimenting to find the right effect.

To add a filter:

Click the Filter drop-down menu in the Video tab and choose from:

  • Blur
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Invert
  • Opacity
  • Saturate
  • Sepia

For all filters except Invert, you can adjust the strength using the slider.

Note: Filter effects may render differently across browsers.

Step 4 - Change the playback speed (YouTube only)

If you’re using a YouTube video URL, you can select a Playback Speed to change your video's speed. The default speed is 1x, meaning the video will play at its normal pace. Choose from four different speeds:

  • 0.5x (slow)
  • 1x (normal)
  • 1.5x (faster)
  • 2x (fastest)

Step 5 - Add a mobile fallback image

Mobile browsers don't support background videos. You can set a mobile fallback image to replace the background video on mobile devices. For the best results, format your image for web display before uploading it.

To set a mobile fallback image:

  1. In the Media panel, click the Video tab.
  2. Scroll down and drag your image into the image uploader. You can also use a licensed Getty Image.
  3. Click Save.

If you don't add a mobile fallback image, a background color will display on mobile instead. You can choose this color with the following Style Editor tweaks. Templates are grouped by family.

Cover Pages Background: Color
Adirondack Content Background Color
Bedford, Anya, Bryant, Hayden Banner Overlay Color
Brine, Aria, Basil, Burke, Cacao, Clay, Ethan, Fairfield, Feed, Foster, Greenwich, Hatch, Heights, Hunter, Hyde, Jaunt, Juke, Keene, Lincoln, Maple, Margot, Marta, Mentor, Mercer, Miller, Mojave, Moksha, Motto, Nueva, Polaris, Rally, Rover, Sofia, Sonny, Sonora, Thorne, Wav, West Overlay Color
Five Banner Overlay Color / Header Background

Marquee, Adversary, Alex, Eamon, Ginger, Mint, Shift

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Image Overlay Color / Content Background Color
Montauk, Julia, Kent, Om Canvas Background
Pacific, Charlotte, Fulton, Horizon, Naomi Overlay Color
Tremont, Camino, Carson, Henson Site Background Color
York, Artesia, Flores, Harris, Jasper, Jones, Lange, Shibori Background Color

Step 6 - Add an overlay color (Cover Pages only)

Overlays add a tint to background videos in Cover Pages. By default, the color is a shade of gray complementing your video. Since the visual effect of these settings depends on your video and whether you've set a filter, we recommend exploring different colors and blend modes to find a combination that best suits your video.

To change the overlay color:

  1. In the Cover Page panel or Home Menu, click Style.
  2. Scroll down to Video Background.
  3. Click Custom Overlay Color.
  4. Choose a new color from the wheel.
  5. You can also select an Overlay Color Blend Mode from the drop-down menu to change how the color appears.
For website page banners: If your template supports banner text overlays or a banner overlay color, this will appear over the banner video. Website banner overlays don't offer an Overlay Color Blend Mode.

Disable the background video

To disable the background video, switch to a background image.

In the Media tab or panel, click Image, then click Save. The set image will replace the background video.

If you're using a Cover Page, you can also choose None to replace the video with a background color. 

Video banners in an Index

You can add video banners to the Index in certain templates. Templates are grouped by family.

  • Bedford, Anya, Bryant, Hayden
  • Brine, Aria, Basil, Burke, Cacao, Clay, Ethan, Fairfield, Feed, Foster, Greenwich, Hatch, Heights, Hunter, Hyde, Jaunt, Juke, Keene, Lincoln, Maple, Margot, Marta, Mentor, Mercer, Miller, Mojave, Moksha, Motto, Nueva, Polaris, Rally, Rover, Sofia, Sonny, Sonora, Thorne, Wav, West
  • Marquee, Adversary, Alex, Eamon, Ginger, Mint, Shift (discontinued)
  • Montauk, Julia, Kent, Om
  • Pacific, Charlotte, Fulton, Horizon, Naomi
  • York, Artesia, Flores, Harris, Jasper, Jones, Lange, Shibori
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