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Video clips on home page instead of images - how best to fit and upload?

Hi Air,
As I'm a videographer, I really need videos on my home page instead of photos!

I need to be able to get this kind of effect:

This is my home page:
I'd like to replace all of the photos with very short video clips.

At the moment when I try and upload videos, they show for a second and then go black. If I try to link to Vimeo, it shows vimeo branding and a border which I don't want. I don't mind losing some of the video edges as long as I can achieve this.

I can't find anything in the theme documentation to help me with this.
Please can you help?


  • AirAir
    Posts: 10,569
    Hey :-)

    Please create not linked page where you could show me what you are experiencing.
    Are you trying to use them in a slider, or in the background in Elementor widget, or somewhere else?

    With kind regards.
  • Hi Air - thanks for the reply! I've created an unlinked page here. I've managed to get the video into WP, it's currently in Slider mode. However, I really want it to play in a never ending loop, I think I may have to upload the individual clips in the video separately, is that right? Also, I want the video to cover the whole screen and there's still a bit of black top and bottom. I don't mind scaling up a little bit to enable, but it needs to be in proportion, not stretched to fit. If you can recommend best settings that would be great.
  • AirAir
    Posts: 10,569
    Hey :-)

    Sorry, but I can not view your preview of page. I need a link to existing page, not the preview.

    Anyway, you will not be able to do what you want with the slider.

    You should rather use a video background feature from the Elementor like explained here

    With kind regards.
  • Sorry, wrong link, it was:
    But yes, it's not right, doesn't autoplay, doesn't fill the space...
    I'll read about the video background feature, it just felt like I should have been able to do what I wanted with the slider!
  • I don't appear to have the option to edit with Elementor on that page. How do I do that? I need a page or a framework to work with...
  • Hi Air,
    Okay.... I've used the video background feature and I've got it to work, I used another type of page to do it, but it won't accept a vimeo link, only a YouTube link. Please could you update the theme so I'm not forced to use YouTube please?
  • Hi Air - really hoping you can help, I've created the page, no problem, but I can't get it to show up at all. I need help with getting it to show as my new home page - even with changing the theme and appearance settings it's defaulting to the Album home page still...
  • My page was showing fine until I tried to set it as my home page and now it looks like this: I have no idea where to start with this, but I know it has to be something simple, I've named something wrong. Please please help! I've spent hours on this already...
    Screenshot 2019-07-06 at 11.22.57.png
    1920 x 1200 - 810K
  • What I see if I go into safe mode (text isn't showing though)
    Screenshot 2019-07-06 at 11.25.41.png
    1920 x 1200 - 2M
  • I've been in touch with my site hosting provider (Siteground) and they have analysed the issues and said that the theme I'm using appears to have corrupted. They changed the theme temporarily and there were no issues running Elementor.

    They got these fatal errors when running any command with WP-CLI (also registered in PHP's error log):
    Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Call to a member function get_option() on null in /home/heath881/public_html/

    This was the first indication to them that there was a problem with the Rife theme, which they felt was causing the issue.

    They told me to reach out to you and provide you with this information:
    Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Call to a member function get_option() on null in /home/heath881/public_html/
    Stack trace:
    #0 /home/heath881/public_html/ apollo13framework_add_sidebars('')
    #1 /home/heath881/public_html/ WP_Hook->apply_filters(NULL, Array)
    #2 /home/heath881/public_html/ WP_Hook->do_action(Array)
    #3 /home/heath881/public_html/ do_action('widgets_init')
    #4 /home/heath881/public_html/ wp_widgets_init('')
    #5 /home/heath881/public_html/ WP_Hook->apply_filters(NULL, Array)
    #6 /home/heath881/public_html/ WP_Hook->do_action(Array)
    #7 /home/heath881/public_html/ in /home/heath881/public_html/ on line 54

    Please could you troubleshoot this issue and give me step by steps on how to fix it? I'm happy to give you temporary access to my WP site if that's easier - please could email outside of the forum if you need this.



  • Just to add the problems occurred when I published the page, it seemed to be fine in draft.
  • Hi Air/Daniel, Sorry to chase, as I appreciate you have 101 things to do, but please could you help?
  • AirAir
    Posts: 10,569
    Hello :-)

    Wow, how many posts over the weekend from you. Let's go with them:
    hoodledoodles said: Please could you update the theme so I'm not forced to use YouTube please?
    This is Elementor feature, so the theme has nothing to do with this.
    I see there is a feature request for this
    You don't have to use YouTube, you can also upload a video on your server, and add in Elementor a link to this video.
    hoodledoodles said: appreciate you have 101 things to do
    More like there was weekend when no one was available. But we should be able to sort it out :-)

    Albums are not editable in Elementor, so you will not get an option to edit it with Elementor.
    If you want to use part of an album, like a slider or bricks, then create a normal page and embed album with our theme widgets

    Your current homepage is an album, so you should rather make it a normal page, and then tweak everything to your needs.

    We will sort it out together :-)

    With kind regards.
  • Hi
    I copied the About page to make a new home page but I couldn't get it to display properly so I had to revert back to the Album so that clients weren't presented with a 404 page for my home page!
    The normal page isn't displaying correctly, it feels like something is not set correctly but I can't find any guidelines on your site for all the settings I need to change, perhaps something is missed?
  • AirAir
    Posts: 10,569
    OK, but I need more details about what you felt was wrong.

    1. Here are instructions on how to set a page as the homepage:
    2. Instruction on how to prepare page for Elementor:

    For now, you can set this new page as some not linked page, so we could make it look proper before you will set it as your new homepage.

    Let me know what other details I can provide to you.

    With kind regards.
  • Hi Air.
    Thanks so much for this, I was positive there was a missing step. I'd set up the Read settings and already followed your instructions on the Elementor page set up correctly, but didn't know I had to customise the theme Front page to complete it.
    That was the missing instruction I couldn't find!

    It appears (fingers crossed to be fine now).
    You can see the page here, it's now live:


  • AirAir
    Posts: 10,569
    Looks nice to me. Great job!

    With kind regards.
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