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Multimedia, Multimedia Players

Videobox is Joomla! 2.5.x and 3.x plugin that enables you to insert video and audio in your articles. It supports videos from YouTube and Vimeo, as well as music from SoundCloud, and HTML5 supported video and audio formats. Videobox offers many ways to insert a video inside the content to fit the needs of your website. The Direct player enables you to insert videos in the content quickly and easily, by putting the video ID between two {videobox} tags, like this: {videobox}KKWTdo5YW_I{/videobox}

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Another prominent feature of Videobox is the box display, which enables you to insert videos without sacrificing a lot of space for the player. Rather than the full-size video player, box display inserts a video thumbnail (optionally with the title), which behaves just like the photos in your article - by setting it to float to the left or to the right, it gets wrapped by the content. When clicked, video is played inside a lightbox, or using an Inline player.

This approach allows articles to be straight to the point without unnecessary distractions, while keeping the content dynamic, with all the videos still included right where they belong to. However, sometimes the videos are there just as a citation or a note, and the whole video may have nothing to do with the content. In this case, even a thumbnail used by the box display would be irrelevant and distracting. A link to the video seems a good choice in a situation like this, but it does have one unwanted property: when user clicks it, he leaves your website and may not come back. To prevent that, Videobox has an option to insert an "upgraded" link, which plays the video using the lightbox player.

On the other hand, the Gallery display allows you to insert many videos at once, with a built-in pagination to prevent the gallery from taking up too much space. Gallery can also be used with links instead of thumbnails, which is useful for when you have to add a list of referenced videos to the end of the article.

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  • Specify playback end time for YouTube and HTML5 videos
  • SoundCloud integration (since 4.0.0)
  • Modular video source adapters (since 4.0.0)
  • Start playing video when page is opened (since 3.0.0)
  • Works with any Joomla! component, not just with articles (since 3.0.0)
  • Play button on thumbnails (since 2.0.1)
  • Full video URL as video ID (since 1.1.1)
  • HTML5 video and audio support (since 2.0.0)
  • Non-lightbox player for box display and gallery (since 1.1.0)
  • Native Joomla! pagination for galleries
  • Custom class and style (since 2.0.0)
  • Custom plugin call tag (since 1.1.2)
  • Player offset for each video (since 1.1.1)
  • Almost all settings can be overridden and set for each plugin call separately

Note that Videobox uses native HTML5 player for local videos. The support for HTML5 video format varies among the browsers, so it's recommended to provide your videos in multiple formats.

Wasted all of my time

Posted on 26 September 2014

The application description is good and promising. but the documentation is completely dumb. no exact code examples for the inline player that is showing as the demo in the website. Also the inline player galley does not work as expected. I mean no resize happening. also it has jQuery conflict which is not good. when u disable the jQuery from the settings all of the other apps using jQuery will work correctly but the player acts differently (goes to full screen with no back or close bottom). Using the 4.0.1RC the rating would have been 4 If it had not wasted my time so much without any results.

Great Extension for free WOW

Posted on 23 September 2014

Well useful plugin with lots of thoughtful options and documentation.

Thank You hiko

Exellent extension

Posted on 04 September 2014

The best extension for building simple or complex media solutions. Love it after just 24 hours!!

And they have the fastest support ever. After less then a hour I could install an updated version that worked like a charm in my environment.

Keep up that good work!


Posted on 08 July 2014

Great extension!

Simple and lightweight.

Very simple install and usage.

Wow, that was quick and easy. Fully responsive and controls for everything I've wanted to do. Though you may have to hunt for the control you need as there are so many. But the defaults are pretty nice if you don't want to mess with things.


Posted on 01 May 2014

I really like this extension. It is free and has many features and many display versions. Good quiding in creators website how to get codes for displaying. Before choosing it, I went through all video players looking for free. One from them didn't worked at all and I didn't get any help from creators.

Videobox works without problems at once.

One note: if you have installed aditionaly Unito nivo slider, it doesnt work until you make off Load JQuery in Videobox plugin.

Owner's reply: Multiple extensions loading jQuery library may lead to a conflict between those libraries. To solve this problem, Videobox can be set not to load own jQuery library.

I am trialling videobox today and it looks excellent. I checked the FAQ which provided a detailed explanation and solution to the problem of thumbnails not showing. I had a query about bandwidth so I emailed the developer and had a reply within a few hours.


Very useful extension

Posted on 14 June 2013

I'm really impressed, that a non-commercial extension could be so useful!. It works out of the box and does its job perfectly! It takes only few minutes to create a gallery of boxed youtube movies to be displayed in lightbox popup, with customized dimensions etc.

Thank you!!!

Simple, lightweight and does the job as it should in just a few minutes... it's really plug and play!


Posted on 17 April 2013

Video in a lightbox with automatic thumbnail generation. Good parameter menu, easy parameter syntax within plugin tags. Excellent plugin!!!


4.0.1 RC1
Hitko Development
Date added:
Nov 19 2014
GPLv2 or later
Free download
Uses updater:
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