> How to quick attach a background video in Drupal

  • Posted on: 4 November 2015
  • By: tihomiry

Having a video background gives you a lot of expression and dynamics to your site.
There a few ways to put your video as a background of your page layout.
1. Use Drupal video background module or similar. The thing is that it uses html 5 player and support only local video files. Also there is a limitation of 5Mb with make this quite useless.
2. Use a ready theme with a background video. This is the easiest way, but I did not find a good free one. There are some paid one that could be good choice.
3. Do some changes in your theme code to attach the video background without touching the Drupal core and engine. All happened in the HTML front-end content.

For the last approach you need to use external JS library or attach the video with embedded iframe.
Best choice is MP4 video uploaded to YouTube. This will allow you play large videos with good performance without affecting the performance of the rest of the site.
For this blog I did use tubular js. I did include it in the first parent of the page layout: html.tpl.php. Also did modify style.css to make font colors readable.
The video had been shot by me with Pentax k-5 and SMC Pentax M 50mm 1:1,7.

$().ready(function() {
                    $('#vi').tubular({videoId: 'X_KrIme7Cd4'}); // where idOfYourVideo is the YouTube ID.
                    });

URL: https://www.seanmccambridge.com/tubula/

Nowadays we are so into the globalization and technologies, that I can submit observation plan to a remote, professional observatory at the other part of the word!

This is a comparison of my not modified Pentax k5 DSLR and the same, but modified one without IR-cut filter.

Astrotracer is a great way to take advantage of the Pentax DSLR camera in-body shake reduction mechanism. It is available since Pentax k5 and track celestial bodies by moving the sensor. Here is what is it ablout:

Staying at my home inspires me to make some documentation of my experience. I got a dedicated drive for my astrophotos and start reorganize them by objects. Here is an article of the most recent process I use on my photos. Enjoy: )

For a few months from now Betelgeuse (Alpha Orion) dim so much, that it looks as bright as the stars in the Orion belt. This is not so disturbing and does not mean that cataclysmic events are happening with it.

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