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How to use SmartVideo in a lightbox

The basics for using SmartVideo in a lightbox, pop-up, or fancybox on WordPress
Written by James Christensen
Updated 1 month ago

There are two suggested ways to get SmartVideo working inside a lightbox.

1. Use a WordPress Media Library video and let SmartVideo auto-convert it (easiest method)

2. Do a little magic with HTML and use a SmartVideo tag (advanced method)


Option 1: Auto-convert a WordPress Media Library video

Most lightbox/fancybox plugins for WordPress allow you to use a video from YouTube, Vimeo, or a publicly hosted URL ending with a video file format (e.g. “.mp4”).

Some video popup plugins will allow SmartVideo to auto-convert a YouTube video, but most will not allow SmartVideo to convert a Vimeo video.

Because of this, we recommend using a video that is stored in your WordPress Media Library 

SmartVideo will see your YouTube or Vimeo video within the lightbox and auto-convert it.

If you want to use a video stored in your WordPress Media Library, make sure this setting is toggled on in the SmartVideo plugin:


Option 2: Use a SmartVideo tag by messing with HTML

If you’re comfortable editing some HTML, you can get a SmartVideo tag working in a lightbox. You’ll need Fancybox on your site (here’s a WordPress plugin that makes it easy).

<a href="#video" data-fancybox="images">
<img width="360px" src="https://www.mywebsite/my-video-source.png">
<div style="display:none;">
   <smartvideo src="https://www.mywebsite/my-video-source.mp4" width="640" height="360" controls autoplay id="video"></smartvideo>

This should result in a lightbox that looks like this:

If you have any questions or need some assistance, let us know!









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