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Video Block

Jetpack’s Video block enhances the existing WordPress Video block and allows you to upload videos from your computer to be hosted on WordPress.com, rather than on your host’s servers. You can then insert these videos into posts and pages on your Jetpack site.

The instructions here are for the Block Editor. This document explains how to upload a video in the Classic Editor. For general features and FAQs, please see our marketing page.

Requirements

To use the Video block, your site should have an active Jetpack Security or Complete plan.

To enable the block, go to Jetpack → Settings → Performance and activate “Enable high-speed, ad-free video player”.

Video Block will be disabled if video sharing setting is turned off. Shortcode block can be used in this case.

Adding the Video block

You can add the Video block by searching and/or selecting it from the Jetpack section of the block selector:

Be sure to select the Video block rather than the VideoPress block as these are different.

See Jetpack Blocks for detailed instructions on adding blocks.

Adding a Video

You can add a video directly within the block itself by dragging the file to the block or using one of the three buttons: Upload, Media Library, and Insert from URL.

Upload will allow you to upload a new video file from your computer.

Media Library allows to you select any video file that’s already been uploaded to your library, including those that have been uploaded to our servers.

Insert from URL allows you to insert any video URL, both from Jetpack’s video hosting and third-party services. If you insert a URL from another supported block type, such as YouTube, the Video block will automatically transform into a YouTube block.

Links added to the video block from external services will transform into their respective block.
Links added to the video block from external services will transform into their respective block.

Once the video is embedded in the page, you can add an optional caption if desired.

Block Toolbar

The video block toolbar supports all alignment options.

As with the image block, the Video block can be inline-aligned with the paragraph below it by clicking the left-align or right-align icons.

Edit Video

The edit option in the Video block’s toolbar will allow you to select a new video file for your block. Use this if you need to replace the video file in your block.

Block Settings

Every block has specific options in the editor sidebar in addition to the options found in the block toolbar. If you do not see the sidebar, simply click the ‘cog’ icon next to the Publish button.

The block settings can be found in the sidebar.
The block settings can be found in the sidebar.

Autoplay, Loop, & Muted

These options let you set your video file to autoplay when someone visits the page or post. Looping lets you choose if the video file repeats after it’s finished. You can also choose to mute the video if your circumstance requires it.

Note: some browsers do not respect the autoplay settings, so that setting may not work in all browsers. You may need to enable mute for autoplay to work in those instances.

The block settings include Autoplay, Loop, Muted, Playback Controls, Preload, and a Poster Image.
The block settings include Autoplay, Loop, Muted, Playback Controls, Preload, and a Poster Image.

Playback Controls

Toggle this option to show or hide the playback control overlay on the video.

Preload

This option allows you to select how much of the video file is downloaded when the page or post is loaded. While it may be tempting to go ahead and have the whole file download automatically, keep in mind that this can slow your page’s load speed down.

There are three settings:

None – Nothing about the video file is downloaded automatically. The download of the video file only begins when your visitor clicks the Play button. This is the fastest setting.

Metadata – Only basic info about the file will be downloaded automatically. Like the None option, the download of the video file only begins when someone clicks Play. This setting is also very fast, as the only thing downloaded is text. On a fundamental level, there’s not a big difference between None and Metadata.

Auto – The entire video file is downloaded, regardless of whether the visitor clicks the Play button or not. This makes the biggest impact on your page or post’s load speed, especially with larger video files.

Poster Image

Optionally, you can choose a poster image that will be displayed before a video is set to Play, this can be useful if the first frame of the video isn’t necessarily appealing or indicative of the video content.

Advanced

The advanced tab lets you add a CSS class to your block, allowing you to write custom CSS and style the block as you see fit.

The advanced section lets you add a CSS class to your block.
The advanced section lets you add a CSS class to your block.

Troubleshooting

For best results, we recommend uploading 720p video in H.264 format. While it’s possible to upload 1080p or 4K video, Jetpack only serves video in 720p resolution. The larger file size of those higher resolutions can impact upload and processing times on your videos.

If you’re having any trouble with the Video block, please contact support for help.

Privacy Information

This feature is deactivated by default. It can be activated/deactivated at any time by toggling the Enable high-speed, ad-free video player” setting in the Video section at Jetpack → SettingsPerformance in your dashboard.

Data Used
Site Owners / Users

In order to track video plays for your stats, we will send the site ID, post ID (on which the video is played), and domain name of your site with these events.

If Google Analytics tracking is enabled, some video information (size, quality, format, file name, ID, etc.) will be sent there, as well.

Please refer to the privacy documentation for WordPress.com Stats and Google Analytics for more information on the data used to record video play tracking.

Site Visitors

Please refer to the privacy documentation for WordPress.com Stats and Google Analytics for more information on the data used to record video play tracking.

Activity Tracked
Site Owners / Users

Video plays.

We track when, and by which user, the feature is activated and deactivated.

Site Visitors

Video plays.

Data Synced (Read More)
Site Owners / Users

We sync options that identify whether or not the feature is activated and how its available settings are configured.

Site Visitors

None.

 
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