Video Block

The Video Block lets you upload and embed a video on your site from your media library or external URL …

WordPress Gutenberg Blocks – Video

WordPress Gutenberg - Video Block

This tutorial is part of our WordPress Gutenberg: The Ultimate Guide For Non-Technical WordPress Users series.

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Video Block Description

The Video Block lets you upload and embed a video on your site from your media library or external URL.

Add Videos to WordPress using the Video Block

(Add Videos to WordPress using the Video Block)

How To Use The Video Block

To add a Video Block:

  • Either:
    • Click on the ‘Add Block’ tool in the Editing Toolbar section and select a ‘Video’ block (in Most Used or Common Blocks section), or
    • Add the ‘Video’ block in the Content Area.
  • Add, paste in, or upload your content.
  • Use the tools in the Video Block Editor or Block Settings section to resize, edit, format, or customize your Video.

Let’s go through the above steps:

First, create a new post or page or open an existing post or page and either:

Click on the ‘Add Block’ tool and select a ‘Video’ block …

'Add Block' Tool - Add Video Block

(‘Add Block’ Tool – Add Video Block)

Or, select a Video Block in the Content Area

Add a Video Block from the Content Area

(Add a Video Block from the Content Area)

After adding a Video Block, you can add a video:

  • Using drag and drop.
  • Using the web browser uploader.
  • From your media library.
  • From an external URL.
  • Using a supported video embedding format.

Add A Video Using Drag & Drop

To add a video using drag and drop:

  • Make sure you have your ‘videos’ or media files folder open (you may have to resize your browser to view your post and your media folder).
  • Select a video from your media folder and drag it onto the active (shaded) gallery upload tool.
  • The video will be automatically uploaded to your media library and inserted into your Video Block.

Add a video to WordPress using drag and drop

(Add a video to WordPress using drag and drop)

Add A Video Using Your Web Browser Uploader

To add a video using your web browser uploader:

  • Make sure you know where your media files folder is located.
  • Hover your cursor over the Video Block and click the ‘Upload’ button to open your web browser’s video uploader window.
  • Select a video from your media folder and click the ‘Open’ button to import the video into your site.
  • The video will be automatically uploaded to your media library, inserted into your Video Block, and added to your post or page.

Let’s go through the above steps:

First, click on the ‘Upload’ button in the Video Block …

Upload Video button

(Upload Video button)

This will bring up the ‘Upload Media’ window on your browser. Select a video from your media folder and click on ‘Open’ to import the video into the Video Block and add it to your post/page …

Upload a video

(Upload a video)

Add A Video From Your Media Library

To add a video from your media library:

  • Make sure that you have uploaded your video to your media library (if you need help with this step, see our How To Use The WordPress Media Library tutorial).
  • Hover your cursor over the Video Block and click on the ‘Media Library’ button.
  • Click on a video from the Media Library to select it.
  • Click on the ‘Select’ button.
  • Your video will be imported to the Video Block and added to your post or page.
  • Update or publish your post or page to save your changes and update your content.

Let’s go through the above steps:

Hover your cursor over the Video Block and click on the ‘Media Library’ button …

Media Library upload button

(Media Library upload button)

Select a video from your media library (or upload one from your media files folder) and click on the ‘Select’ button …

Upload a video from the Media Library

(Upload an video from the Media Library)

The video will be imported to your Video Block and added to your post or page …

Video added

(Video added)

Add A Video From An External URL

You can add a video to your post or page from an external URL.

To add a video from an external URL:

  • Make sure you have uploaded your videos to your server or external cloud storage location (e.g. Amazon S3, Dropbox, etc.)
  • Copy the video URL
  • Hover your cursor over your Video Block and click on ‘Insert from URL’
  • Paste your video URL into the URL field
  • Click ‘Apply’ to insert the video into your content.

Let’s go through the above process.

After uploading your video to your storage location and copying its URL, hover your cursor over the Video Block and click on ‘Insert from URL’ …

Insert video from URL

(Insert video from URL)

Paste the video URL into the URL field and click ‘Apply’ to add the video into your post or page …

Insert video from URL

(Insert video from URL)

Add A Video From A Supported Embedding Format

You can add a video from a supported embedding format (e.g. a YouTube video).

To add a video from a supported embedding format:

  • Add a Paragraph Block or Embed Block
  • Paste in the video URL
  • If your video source is supported, the Paragraph Block will be automatically converted into an Embed Block and display the video …

Paste in a video URL

(Paste in a video URL)

After adding videos:

  • Edit and configure block settings,
  • Save, publish, or update your post or page.

How To Edit A Video Block

To edit a Video Block:

  • Click inside the Video Block to select it.
  • Use the Block Editor tools to:
    • Change the alignment of the video (left, center, right).
    • Change the width of the video (wide, full).
    • Add and format a video caption (bold, italics, strikethrough).
    • Add a hyperlink in the video caption.
  • Use the Block Settings to:
    • Configure video settings (autoplay, loop, muted).
    • Configure playback controls (auto, metadata, none)
    • Add a video thumbnail image.

Edit a Video Block

(Edit a Video Block)

Remember to update and publish your post or page to save your settings.

How To Remove A Video Block

To remove or delete a video block:

  • Click inside the Video Block to select it.
  • Select the ‘More Options’ tool in the Block Editor.
  • Click on ‘Remove Block’.
  • The block will be removed from your post or page.

Remove a Video Block

(Remove a Video Block)

Additionally …

  • You can reposition your block using the ‘Move Up’ and ‘Move Down’ arrows or the Drag and Drop handle tool (see our ‘How To Use Blocks‘ tutorial if you need help with this step).
  • You can also convert Video Blocks into Reusable Blocks.

Video Block Tools, Options & Settings

The Video Block includes tools, options, and settings for:

  • Video Block Editor
  • Video Block Settings

Video Block Editor

Video Block Editor

(Video Block Editor)

The Video Block Editor includes tools that let you perform the following operations:

  • Change Block Type (See ‘Video Block – Additional Info’ section below.)
  • Align Video
    • Align video left
    • Align video center
    • Align video right
  • Video Player Width
    • Wide width
    • Fullwidth
  • Caption 
    • Bold
    • Italics
    • Strikethrough
  • Add Caption Hyperlink
    • Paste link URL
    • Type to search and link to existing content
    • Hit ‘Enter’ or click ‘Apply’ button to create link
    • Option to open link in new tab
  • More Options

Video Block Editor

(Video Block Editor)

Video Block Settings

Video Block Settings

(Video Block Settings)

Video Block settings include:

  • Block description area
  • Video Settings
    • Autoplay (on/off) – Begin playing video automatically when page is loaded in visitor’s browser.
    • Loop (on/off) – Keep video looping after initial playback.
    • Muted (on/off) – Mute video soundtrack.
    • Playback Controls (on/off) – Display or hide video playback controls.
    • Preload
      • Auto – The audio should start loading as soon as the page loads.
      • Metadata – Only the metadata is preloaded: dimensions, first frame, track list, duration, etc.
      • None – No preload is done.
    • Poster Image – Select an image thumbnail for your video from your media gallery.
  • Advanced Settings
    • Additional CSS Class

Video Block Settings

(Video Block Settings)

Video Block – Additional Info

The Video Block can be converted into the following block types:

Change Block Type - Video Block

(Change Block Type – Video Block)

Additionally:

Installing plugins or themes on your site may add new functionality, options, or settings to Video Blocks.

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Congratulations! Now you know how to use the WordPress Gutenberg content editor Video Block.

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