How to Use Video Backgrounds for Incredible Visual Impact, Part 2

Sam Piggott By Sam Piggott  |  Nov. 12, 2013

In the previous part of this tutorial, using a mixture of HTML5, jQuery and CSS, we constructed the barebones functionality of our HTML5-driven full-screen video background. This time, we’re going to be styling it, preparing fallbacks for it, and understanding how it can be used as part of your own working designs. In today’s guide, we’ll be adding to our fullscreen video in a number of ways, including:

  • creating our own pattern overlays to sit over the top of our video; such as old-television-style scan lines, styling your video to suit your own design;
  • converting our video to multiple formats to enable universal cross-browser support for your video background.

Along with all of this, I’ll also show an example of how the video can be used creatively by layering other elements over the top of it, showing you how this powerful technique can fuel your own new designs; or even provide a new, exciting background for that design you’re currently working on!


Have you used fullscreen video as a background in one of your designs? Do you have a preferred method of implementation? Let us know in the comments.