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If you want to add a video inside a Pod component, you need to use the Video component.

If you want to add a video to a page without using pods, you can do so using the Gallery component or Windows component.

Upload a video

Before you can add a video to a pod, you need to upload the video to the 'Media' area in the Govstack back office.

Add a video to a pod

To add a Video component to a Pod component in Govstack, you need to:

  1. Navigate to the page you'd like to add a Video component to
  2. Add a Pod component
  3. This will open the 'Pods' slide-out panel
  4. To add a Video component to the pod, select the 'Add content' button next to the 'Pod items' field
  5. This will open the 'Add content' slide-out panel
  6. From here, select the 'Video' component

You can continue to add other content components to the Pod and configure the Pod settings so you're happy with the look and layout of the content.

Complete the video details

From the 'Video' slide-out panel you can add the following details.

You can add a heading and subheading for the video. Add your main heading to the 'Heading' field and your subheading to the 'subheading' field. Choose the size of your heading(s), from small (S), medium (M) or large (L). When you preview your page, you can see how the size you chose looks.

Next to 'Video source', select the source for the video you want to add.

If you are using a video from YouTube or Vimeo, copy and paste the URL website address to the video in the 'Video' field.

You can also upload your own MP4 video file from your Media library by selecting the '+' icon next to the 'Video' field. From here, choose the folder that contains the video you'd like to add and select the video.

In the 'Image' section, upload an image from your Media library to use as a thumbnail for the video. Do this by selecting the '+' icon next to the 'Image' field. From here, choose the folder that contains the image you'd like to add and select the image.

the thumbnail image will appear on the page where the video is placed and users will select the thumbnail to play the video.

With the Video component, you have the option to add a caption and a light window title or footer.

A 'Video caption' will appear overlaid on the video thumbnail on the web page. If you'd like to add an overlaid thumbnail caption, add it in the 'Video caption' field.

A 'Light window title' will appear above the video when a user views it. If you'd like to give your video a title that users can only view when they open and play the video, add it in the 'Light window title' field.

A 'Light window footer' will appear below the video when a user plays it. If you'd like to provide information or context for the video that users will have to open and play the video to view, add it in the 'Light window footer' field.

The light window allows users to click on the video to open a larger window to view it on the web page. If you would like to disable the light window for your video, turn on the 'Disable light window' toggle. When the light window is disabled, users can only view the video directly on the web page as it appears there.

Video settings

Adjust the Video component settings to change the look and layout of your video pod. To access the settings, select the 'Settings' tab located at the top of the 'Video' slide-out panel.

Review each of the video settings to learn more.

In the 'Name' field you can give a unique name to the Video component. This will make it easier to differentiate between videos if you have multiple in the same pod. 

When working in the back office you'll see a list of all components on a page and the names will help differentiate between similar components.

In the 'Image style' setting, you can choose which shape you want the video thumbnail image to be.

If you select 'Original', then your thumbnail image will appear with its original ratios on the page.

You can also select one of the ratio options. The first number in each ratio represents the width while the second number represents the height. For example, a 2:1 image would be twice as wide as it is high.

If your image is cropped oddly or doesn't look the way you want it to after adjusting the image style, you may need to change its focal point so that it crops properly when changing the image ratio. Learn how to change the focal point of an image in the 'Media' tab in the Govstack main menu.

After you select an image style in the 'Image style' settings, your thumbnail image will automatically be cropped to match your selection. However, you may prefer to have your image retain its original ratios while still having a different ratio display. To do this, turn on the 'Box pad' toggle to add padding around the image to match the image style you have selected.

You can add animation to the Video component by selecting the 'Animate' toggle. Once the 'Animate' toggle is selected, you'll have the option to customize the:

  • Animation style
  • Animation delay (seconds)
  • Animation duration (seconds)

Animation style

From the 'Animation style' dropdown menu, select the type of animation you'd like to add to the Video component. There are a variety of different animation options in the following categories:

  • Attention Seekers
  • Bouncing Entrances
  • Fading Entrances
  • Flippers
  • Light Speed
  • Rotating Entrances
  • Sliding Entrances
  • Zoom Entrances
  • Specials

We recommend testing out a variety of animation styles to select the one you like the most. 

Please note

Animation styles can cause accessibility issues for some users visiting your website. For example, some users may experience motion sickness when viewing animated elements on your website.

Animation delay

Using the 'Animation delay' slider select the time in seconds that you'd like to delay the animation. 

Animation duration

You can select how long you'd like the animation to last on the Video component by using the 'Animation duration' slider. Select the number of seconds you'd like the animation to continue on the public website. 

In the 'Custom classes' field, you can add any custom CSS classes you may have. Custom CSS classes can be found in the Design node under the 'CSS' tab in the Govstack back office. 

If you'd like to add more than one custom class, you'll need to leave a space between each class. 

Please note

Depending on your Govstack plan, you may not be able to access the Design node in the back office. If you'd like to be able to add custom CSS and get access to the website design, contact your GHD Digital Account Executive. 

Turn on the 'Hide from website' toggle if you'd like to hide this component from the web page.

Preview and publish changes

Once you've added a Video component to your pod, make sure to preview and publish the page to complete the process.