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Notio: Video Carousel Particle

Your Guide to Recreating Elements of the Notio Demo for WordPress


Introduction

The Video Carousel particle enable you quickly and easily add video content to your page so visitors can easily flip through a series of videos to find the one(s) they would like to watch.

Here are the topics covered in this guide:

Configuration

Main Options

These options affect the main area of the particle, and not the individual items within.

Option Description
Particle Name Enter the name you would like to assign to the particle. This only appears in the back end.
CSS Classes Sets any CSS class(es) you want to have apply to the particle's content.
Title Enter a title for the particle.
Description Enter a Description for the particle to appear on the front end.
Out Animation Select an animation for outgoing items.
In Animation Select an animation for incoming items.
Autoplay Enable or Disable autoplay.
Autoplay Speed Set the speed of the autoplay (in milliseconds)
Pause on Hover Enable or Disable pausing on hover.

Item Options

These items make up the individual featured items in the particle.

Option Description
Item Name Designates a name for the item that appears in the back end only.
Caption Enter a caption for the video.
Source Select the source you would like to use. Options are: Vimeo URL, YouTube URL, Local Video, and External URL.
Url Enter the URL for the video (if using either External URL, Vimeo URL or YouTube URL as a source).
Local Video Sources If using local video files, enter the path to the source here.
Poster Image Select a poster image for the local or external video.
Loop Enable or disable video looping.
Autoplay Enable or disable autoplay. Some services may not allow autoplay.
Show Controls Show video controls (YouTube, Local, and External)
Show Info Enable or Disable the top info bar for YouTube videos.
Related Videos Enable or Disable the display of related videos at the end of the embedded video.

File Support

The particle has local support for any video format that can be natively embedded using HTML5. This includes: MP4, WebM, Mov, and Ogg videos.

Variables such as your bit rate will vary depending on the type of content in the video, as well as the frame rate of the video being presented. High action and/or high framerate video will need higher bit rates while low-action video such as screencasts and shots of a plain background with little overall movement can get by with lower bit rates.

To break this down, here are some examples. You do NOT have to abide by these resolutions or video settings. We recommend strongly checking out the HTML5 video support documentation available at W3 for additional perspective.

Resolution Video Codec Audio Codec Container Bitrate
320x240 h.264 AAC MP4 400 kbps
480x270 h.264 AAC MP4 700 kbps
640x360 h.264 AAC MP4 1400 kbps
1280x720 h.264 AAC MP4 2500 kbps
1920x1080 h.264 AAC MP4 4000 kbps

To save time and resources on page loads, you will want to encode your video at a relatively low bit rate. Keep in mind that as a general rule: the lower your bit rate, the lower the quality of the video. It's almost impossible to state a one-size-fits-all bit rate that lets all videos look great while being as small in file size as possible. The best practice is to do some trial and error.

Alternatively, YouTube compresses videos for you, and it is supported by this particle. This would be the easiest method available to you, and you save on bandwidth as you won't be serving the actual video file yourself.


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