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How To Add a Background Video To Shopify For Free

Andrew Durot
8 min read

Adding a hero video to your site isn’t terribly easy. With Shopify it can be particularly difficult. In this video, we're going to teach you how to add a background video section to your Shopify store for free - without an app.

 

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Online Store > Themes.
  2. Find the theme you want to edit, and then click Actions > Edit code.
  3. Scroll down to Sections directory and click add a new section
  4. Name your section video-background
  5. Replace the content with the following code

 

{%- if section.blocks.size > 0 -%}

{%- for block in section.blocks -%}

{%- assign img_url = block.settings.image | img_url: '1x1' | replace: '_1x1.', '_{width}x.' -%}

 

{% if block.type == 'video' %}

<div class="videoBox" style="{%- if block.settings.video_link == blank -%}background-image: url('{{ block.settings.video_image  | img_url: 'master' }}');{%- endif -%}">

 

{%- if block.settings.video_link != blank -%}

<div class="fullscreen-video-wrap">

<video class="video-js" loop autoplay preload="none" muted playsinline

poster="https:{{ block.settings.video_image | img_url: 'master' }}">

<source src="{{ block.settings.video_link }}" type="video/mp4">

</video>

</div>

{% endif %}

 

<div class="overlay" style="opacity: 0.{{ block.settings.overlay_opacity }}"></div>

<div class="videoBoxInfo">

{% if block.settings.title != blank %}

<h1 class="videoBoxInfoTitle" style="color: {{ block.settings.color_text }}">

{{ block.settings.title | escape }}

</h1>

{% endif %}

 

{%- style -%}

.videoBackground .imageBoxInfoDescription p {

color: {{ block.settings.color_text }}!important;

}

{%- endstyle -%}

 

{% if block.settings.text != blank %}

<div class="imageBoxInfoDescription" id="{{ block.id }}" style="color: {{ block.settings.color_text }}">

{{ block.settings.text }}

</div>

{% endif %}

 

{% if block.settings.button_link != blank and block.settings.button_label != blank %}

<a href="{{ block.settings.button_link }}" class="videoBoxInfoBtn" style="color: {{ block.settings.color_btn_text }}; background: {{ block.settings.color_btn_bg }}">

{{ block.settings.button_label | escape }}

</a>

{% endif %}

</div>

</div>

{% else %}

<div class="imageBox" style="background-color: {{ block.settings.color_bg }}; {%- if block.settings.image_bg != blank -%}background-image: url('{{ block.settings.image_bg | img_url: 'master' }}');{%- endif -%}">

 

<div class="overlay" style="opacity: 0.{{ block.settings.overlay_opacity }}"></div>

 

<div class="imageBoxInfo">

{% if block.settings.title != blank %}

<h1 class="imageBoxInfoTitle" style="color: {{ block.settings.color_text }}">

{{ block.settings.title | escape }}

</h1>

{% endif %}

 

{%- style -%}

.videoBackground .imageBoxInfoDescription p {

color: {{ block.settings.color_text }}!important;

}

{%- endstyle -%}

 

{% if block.settings.text != blank %}

<div class="imageBoxInfoDescription" id="{{ block.id }}" style="color: {{ block.settings.color_text }}">

{{ block.settings.text }}

</div>

{% endif %}

 

{% if block.settings.button_link != blank and block.settings.button_label != blank %}

<a href="{{ block.settings.button_link }}" class="imageBoxInfoBtn" style="color: {{ block.settings.color_btn_text }}; background: {{ block.settings.color_btn_bg }}">

{{ block.settings.button_label | escape }}

</a>

{% endif %}

</div>

</div>

{% endif %}

{%- endfor -%}

 

{% else %}

<div class="placeholderNoblocks">

This section doesn’t currently include any content. Add content to this section using the sidebar.

    </div>

{%- endif -%}

 

<style>

.main-content .videoBackground {

margin-top: -55px;

}

.videoBackground {

height: 100%;

position: relative;

}

.videoBackground .fullscreen-video-wrap {

position: absolute;

top: 0;

left: 0;

min-width: 100%;

width: 100%;

height: 100%;

overflow: hidden;

}

.videoBackground .fullscreen-video-wrap .video-js {

position: absolute;

top: 0;

left: 0;

min-height: 100%;

min-width: 100%;

width: 100%;

height: 100%;

object-fit: cover;

}

.videoBackground .fullscreen-video-wrap video {

min-height: 100%;

min-width: 100%;

object-fit: cover;

}

.videoBackground .videoBox {

display: flex;

align-items: center;

justify-content: flex-end;

flex-direction: column;

padding: 100px 20px 80px;

background-size: cover;

background-position: center;

background-repeat: no-repeat;

min-height: 500px;

max-height: 800px;

        height: calc(100vh - 165px);

position: relative;

}

.videoBackground .imageBox {

display: flex;

align-items: center;

justify-content: flex-end;

flex-direction: column;

padding: 100px 20px 80px;

background-size: cover;

background-position: center;

background-repeat: no-repeat;

position: relative;

min-height: calc(100vh - 165px);

height: auto;

}

.videoBackground .videoBoxInfo, .videoBackground .imageBoxInfo {

z-index: 2;

text-align: center;

}

.videoBackground .overlay {

content: "";

position: absolute;

top: 0;

right: 0;

bottom: 0;

left: 0;

background: #000;

z-index: 1;

}

.videoBackground .videoBoxInfoBtn, .videoBackground .imageBoxInfoBtn {

-moz-user-select: none;

-ms-user-select: none;

-webkit-user-select: none;

user-select: none;

-webkit-appearance: none;

-moz-appearance: none;

appearance: none;

display: inline-block;

width: auto;

text-decoration: none;

text-align: center;

vertical-align: middle;

cursor: pointer;

border: 1px solid transparent;

border-radius: 2px;

padding: 8px 15px;

font-style: normal;

font-weight: 800;

text-transform: uppercase;

letter-spacing: 0.06em;

white-space: normal;

font-size: 14px;

margin-top: 20px;

}

.videoBackground .videoBoxInfoTitle, .videoBackground .imageBoxInfoTitle {

color: #FFF;

font-size: 30px;

line-height: 40px;

}

.videoBackground .videoBoxInfoDescription, .videoBackground .imageBoxInfoDescription {

max-width: 500px;

margin: 0 auto;

}

.videoBackground .videoBoxInfoDescription p, .videoBackground .imageBoxInfoDescription p {

font-size: 18px;

line-height: 28px;

}

.videoBackground .placeholderNoblocks {

text-align: center;

max-width: 500px;

margin: 0 auto;

}

    @media screen and (max-width: 767px) {

.main-content .videoBackground {

margin-top: -35px;

}

.videoBackground .fullscreen-video-wrap {

z-index: 3;

}

.videoBackground .videoBox {

min-height: 500px;

height: 100%;

position: relative;

padding: 0;

}

.videoBackground .fullscreen-video-wrap {

position: relative;

min-height: 300px;

}

.videoBackground .videoBoxInfo {

padding: 40px 20px;

background: #000;

width: 100%;

}

    }

</style>

 

{% schema %}

{

"name": {

"en": "Video Background"

},

"class": "videoBackground",

"max_blocks": 1,

"blocks": [

{

"type": "video",

"name": "Video",

"settings": [

{

"type": "url",

"id": "video_link",

"label": {

"en": "Video link"

}

},

{

"type": "image_picker",

"id": "video_image",

"label": {

"en": "Cover image"

}

},

{

"type": "range",

"id": "overlay_opacity",

"label": {

"en": "Overlay opacity"

},

"min": 0,

"max": 99,

"step": 1,

"unit": {

"en": "%"

},

"default": 0

},

{

"type": "header",

"content": {

"en": "Text"

}

},

{

"type": "text",

"id": "title",

"label": {

"en": "Heading"

},

"default": "Video slide"

},

{

"type": "richtext",

"id": "text",

"label": {

"en": "Description"

},

"default": {

"en": "<p>Use this text to share information about your brand with your customers. Describe a product, share announcements, or welcome customers to your store.</p>"

}

},

{

"type": "color",

"id": "color_text",

"label": {

"en": "Text color"

},

"default": "#ffffff"

},

{

"type": "text",

"id": "button_label",

"label": {

"en": "Button label"

}

},

{

"type": "url",

"id": "button_link",

"label": {

"en": "Button link"

}

},

{

"type": "color",

"id": "color_btn_bg",

"label": {

"en": "Background button color"

},

"default": "#ffffff"

},

{

"type": "color",

"id": "color_btn_text",

"label": {

"en": "Button text color"

},

"default": "#ffffff"

}

]

},

{

"type": "image",

"name": "Image",

"settings": [

{

"type": "color",

"id": "color_bg",

"label": {

"en": "Background color (optional)"

},

"default": "#16165b"

},

{

"type": "image_picker",

"id": "image_bg",

"label": {

"en": "or use an image (required)"

}

},

{

"type": "range",

"id": "overlay_opacity",

"label": {

"en": "Overlay opacity"

},

"min": 0,

"max": 99,

"step": 1,

"unit": {

"en": "%"

},

"default": 0

},

{

"type": "header",

"content": {

"en": "Text"

}

},

{

"type": "text",

"id": "title",

"default": "Image slide",

"label": {

"en": "Heading"

}

},

{

"type": "richtext",

"id": "text",

"label": {

"en": "Description"

},

"default": {

"en": "<p>Use this text to share information about your brand with your customers. Describe a product, share announcements, or welcome customers to your store.</p>"

}

},

{

"type": "color",

"id": "color_text",

"label": {

"en": "Text color"

},

"default": "#ffffff"

},

{

"type": "text",

"id": "button_label",

"label": {

"en": "Button label"

}

},

{

"type": "url",

"id": "button_link",

"label": {

"en": "Button link"

}

},

{

"type": "color",

"id": "color_btn_bg",

"label": {

"en": "Background button color"

},

"default": "#ffffff"

},

{

"type": "color",

"id": "color_btn_text",

"label": {

"en": "Button text color"

},

"default": "#ffffff"

}

]

}

],

"presets": [

{

"name": {

"en": "Video Background"

},

"category": {

"en": "Main"

},

"blocks": [

{

"type": "video"

}

]

}

]

}

{% endschema %}

 

 

6. Click on Save

7. Go to settings and click on files

8. Upload the video you want as background

9. Copy video url

10. Go to Online Store and next to the theme you just edited click on customize

11. On the left click on Add section and choose video-background

12. Paste the link and fill in the details

13. Click on save

 

 

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