Sharing a video content is one popular way to gain regular readers. The science behind this logic is that human beings find video content more interesting than the text ones. Now, every WordPress website supports video content, by default. But, it lacks tons of additional functionalities which can further boost the performance and other aspects. To help you be aware of those functionalities and load them up on your website, I’m sharing this compilation of best WordPress video player plugins.
- Easy Video Player
Easy Video Player is a simple plugin for videos that lets you embed both self-hosted videos or videos from external sources that link directly to the video file. As such, it may not work for streaming video sites like YouTube.
For embedding your own videos, they need to be in mp4 format. It’s HTML5 compatible and videos are responsive. You can also set the video to play in a loop. All embedding options are done via shortcodes that are listed in the plugin’s download page.
2. YouTube Embed
This WordPress video plugin not only lets you embed a video but an entire playlist from any YouTube user or channel.
By clicking on the YouTube button on the top right corner of the blog post editor, you get a pop-up window with several options. To embed videos, select “Search for a video or channel to insert“. Here you can search for videos or paste a link to a video or playlist.
The plugin then generates a shortcode that you can insert into your blog post. In the example above, the video player has a slide-in view of the videos within the playlist.
3. WP Video Lightbox
This video plugin for WordPress goes beyond the usual display of videos on a site. Using a lightbox overlay pop-up, you can embed videos from YouTube, Vimeo and other flash and iFrame content. The video is first presented as a link within your post, which opens the pop-up video when clicked.
You can customize the way your videos appear by going to Settings -> Video Lightbox -> prettyPhoto. Here, you can change the animation speed, enable autoplay, adjust opacity, show/hide title and many other options.
Instructions for embedding Vimeo and YouTube video are done using different shortcodes, which is discussed in the plugin’s support page.
4. FV WordPress Flowplayer
This WordPress video upload plugin is a feature-rich video player for FLV and MP4 files. This means it can embed streaming videos from YouTube or Vimeo as well as user uploaded files in MP4 format.
To be able to embed YouTube or other streaming videos, you’ll need to go to the plugin’s Settings page first and check the box for Embed. There are many other settings that are not enabled by default, but most of them can be enabled without upgrading to the Pro version.
The embed icon is again located on the top right corner of the blog post editor. When clicked, a pop-up box appears and you can enter video files or links to embed. Note that you can add more than one video at a time, even in different formats. As an added feature, this plugin allows you to customize the video player with your own logo and splash image that appears at the end of the video.
5. Video Player – Playwire
Playwire comes with all the bells and whistles you will need for publishing online videos. The plugin can help you encode, host, syndicate, stream and even monetize your video content. The plugin works by integrating your Playwire account (which you must already have) to your WordPress page and then gives you the liberty to control your video inventory and video posting right from your WordPress dashboard.
Some of the notable features of the theme include its support for HD video playback with the help of HTML5 bolt playback. You will also get social share features and also control your content on different publishing platforms with the Playwire’s Sandbox. Other features include its very own advertising system to help you earn revenues. You can even control your commercial breaks as well as track your results as well as the audience with detailed analytical data.
Though it can be considered a drawback that you don’t get the liberty to stream videos from platforms like YouTube or Vimeo to your site and have to have a Playwire account, the ad revenue feature completely makes up for the limitation.
I hope that this article helped you a lot in order to find the perfect WordPress video player plugins for your website. So, which one is your’s favorite? For any query feel free to comment below. Thanks for reading.