File Under: JavaScript, Multimedia

Tired of Tiny Movies? Go Large With BigVideo.js

Size matters. Image: Screenshot/Webmonkey

Nothing grabs a user’s attention like a big, full-window video on a landing page. For example, check out Path.com. However, with all the various screens potentially connecting to your site these days, making sure your movie plays full-window on all of them can be tricky.

That’s where BigVideo.js comes in. Developer John Polacek‘s BigVideo is a jQuery plugin for adding big background videos to your site. The plugin makes it easy to drop in a single video URL and get fit-to-fill background video that takes up the whole window. The script will fall back to displaying an image on devices where video doesn’t work.

BigVideo can also handle playlists, serving up a series of videos, as well as a very cool feature to play videos without the sound. And yes, you can (and should) add a button to allow users to turn the video off altogether. That said, I left BigVideo open, running in a background tab for several days and it didn’t have a noticeable impact on performance.

For more info, head over to the GitHub page where you can see BigVideo in action, get a full list of features and grab the code for your own site.