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Video hero

UPDATE

This section was updated in v3.0.0 to use Shopify video, which lets you directly upload your video and an alternate mobile video. See our changelog and theme update guide to learn more.

The Video hero section displays a full-width autoplaying background video (without sound) to add some dynamism to your page.

Set up section

Add this section to any template (except Checkout) and re-order its position. You can use this section multiple times on the same page with different content and settings.

Note: New sections will appear on all pages that use the same template. To add sections to specific pages only, learn how to create and assign multiple templates.

Steps

In your theme editor (Customize):

  1. Select a Template to edit from the dropdown menu in the top bar.

  2. Under Template, click (+) Add section and select Video hero.

  3. Change the order of your sections by using the drag and drop handles ⋮⋮

Add background video

Display an autoplay video (without audio) in the section background.

The background video requires .mp4 video file. For the best experience, we strongly recommend using a 5 to 10 second video under 10MB.

UPDATE

For theme versions 3.0.0 and later, you can upload a .mp4 video directly in the section settings. For earlier versions, you must upload your video to Content > Files in your Shopify admin, then copy the file link into the section settings ([follow the steps below](#upload-video-files-v240-or-earlier.

Steps (v3.0.0 or later)

In the theme editor (Customize):

  1. Click the Video hero section.

  2. Under Shopify video, click Select video.

    Select a .mp4 video, or click Add videos to upload a .mp4 video file.

  3. (Optional) Under Mobile Shopify video, click Select video for a background video that appears only on mobile devices.

    You may want to upload a video file that has been cropped to a different shape (aspect ratio) to better fit a vertical screen.

  4. Under Media height, choose to display the video with a Custom or the Original height (without cropping).

  5. If Custom height is selected: adjust the Height and Mobile Height of your video between 50% to 100% of the maximum height.

    The Height is the percentage of the window height on your customer's device.

    When Custom height is set to 50%, the video will always display at half the height of the customer's screen.

  6. Use Media focal points to specify the main focus of your images. The focal point of your image will remain centered and within frame when your site adapts to different screen sizes.

  7. Click Save.

Set up video player

Use the Video player block to show a short video that customers can click to play within a popup modal. The video player block supports .mp4 videos uploaded to Shopify or YouTube and Vimeo videos.

Once you've added your video, you can add a Preview image, adjust the shape (Aspect ratio), and customize the "Watch now" button.

UPDATE

For theme versions 3.0.0 and later, you can upload a .mp4 video directly in the section settings. For earlier versions, you must upload your video to Content > Files in your Shopify admin, then copy the file link into the section settings (follow the steps below.

Steps (v3.0.0 or later)

In the theme editor (Customize):

  1. Click the Video player ("Watch now") block .

  2. To upload a video file, click Select video under Shopify video, .

    Select a .mp4 video, or click Add videos to upload a .mp4 video file.

  3. To use a YouTube or Vimeo video, paste the full URL in the Youtube or Vimeo URL field.

  4. Upload a Video preview image, ideally a screen capture of the video.

  5. To crop the shape of your preview image, set the Image aspect ratio to Square, Landscape, or Portrait.

    The Natural setting will display the original shape of your image.

  6. Change the Button text. The default text is "Watch now."

  7. Change the Button icon style to Dark, Light, or Outline.

  8. Click Save.

Section headings

Add a section title and promotional text to overlay your Video hero. There are 4 types of heading or text blocks:

Heading blocks
Heading
Subheading
Text
Accent

The first 3 blocks include Size settings for the most flexibility. Click on one of the text or heading blocks to find the size settings.

Steps

In your theme editor (Customize):

  1. Click the Heading block to change section title.

    We recommended a short title of just a few words.

  2. Click the Subheading block to add a few words or short sentence below the heading.

  3. Click the Text block for longer content in a more compact size.

  4. Click (+) Add block to add an Accent block, ideal for a one word label or category.

  5. Click Save.

Add buttons

Add multiple Button blocks to link to your collections or products or any other page with a custom label.

Steps

In your theme editor (Customize):

  1. Click on a Button block to open the settings.

    Click (+) Add block and select Button to add more.

    Click Remove block or the eye icon to remove or hide blocks.

  2. Select or paste a URL for the Button link.

  3. Enter text for the Button label.

    The most effective button labels ask customers to do something (e.g. Get started, Join us, Shop now). To learn more, read "What is a Call to Action?"

  4. (Optional.) Use the drag and drop handles ⋮⋮ to change the position of the Button:

    Shopify content blocks nested in a section
    Shopify content blocks nested in a section
  5. Select a Button style: either Solid, Outline, or Text.

    Click on the Video hero section to find the color options for buttons.

  6. Click Save.

Section styles

Fine-tune the colors, alignment, and padding of the section.

You can also add design blocks like the Spacer and Border to refine the look. Click (+) Add block and use the drag handles to move the blocks where you need them.

Steps

In your theme editor (Customize):

  1. Click on the Video hero section to open the settings.

  2. Change the Text position to align all text content to the Left, Center, or Right of the section.

  3. Select a Padding option to add space around the section to either the Top and bottom, Top only, Bottom only, or set it to None.

  4. Select a Button icon style for the play button: either Dark, Light, or Text.

    Click on the Video hero section to find the color options for buttons.

  5. Click Save.

Upload video files (v2.4.0 or earlier)

If you have Stiletto v2.4.0 or earlier, you need to upload your .mp4 file to Shopify files in your admin. After uploading your file, add the file link in your Video hero section settings.

1. Upload video to Shopify files

In your Shopify Admin:

  1. Go to Content > Files.

  2. Click the Upload files button to add your .mp4 file from your computer.

  3. Once your file has been processed, click the Link icon next to the file to copy the URL.

    Note: you may need to refresh the page for your file to appear.

    Shopify files copy link button
    Shopify files copy link button

In your theme editor (Customize):

  1. Click the Video hero section or Video player block, where you want to add your video.

  2. Paste the link into the Video link field. Click on the the link that appears in the results above.

    Direct link in the Video link field
    Direct link in the Video link field

    If you haven't already, go to Content > Files and click the Link icon next to your video file to copy the URL.

  3. Click Save.

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