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Videobox Popular Plugin

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}

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.

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Reviews: 2
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!
Reviews: 1
Great extension!
Simple and lightweight.
Very simple install and usage.
Reviews: 8
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.
Reviews: 4
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.

Reviews: 3
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.

Reviews: 7
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!!!
Reviews: 34
Simple, lightweight and does the job as it should in just a few minutes... it's really plug and play!
Reviews: 2
Video in a lightbox with automatic thumbnail generation. Good parameter menu, easy parameter syntax within plugin tags. Excellent plugin!!!
Reviews: 20
This is very advanced extension with many powerful option, that easy outperform AllVideos. Just give it a try. Standard player, inline and light box, plus gallery function!

Support is excellent too.

Some CSS overlay mouse over effect for play button at thumbnails would be nice.
Reviews: 2
I installed this plugin on a site for one of clients as they had asked for a video player the pop's out onto the screen. This plugin worked perfectly. I did run into an issue with it not playing on mobile devices. I contacted them and got a reply within a few hours. The issues was on the code I was using from YouTube was not correct and that was causing the issue. The developer we above and beyond by not only telling me what the problem was he explained it and also send me the updated and proper code. I would recommend this product to anyone.
Reviews: 2
Very simple install and usage yet very powerful in display options. I had one issue generating thumbnails that had nothing to do with the plugin but the video source. Developer responded in less than 10 hours with complete evaluation of problem and a solution!!!
Reviews: 2
This is a great plugin but mp4 video is not playing ie8 or firefox. Chrome latest version in not a problem. Developers need to test the plugin with all joomla frameworks and browsers.
Owner's reply

This is not the problem at all. It's all explained under HTML5 (local) videos section in Videobox FAQ here: THe thing is that IE8 is too old to play videos using HTML5 player (Videobox is meant to be pure HTML5 player, no flash player for legacy support). Also, Firefox doesn't support mp4 videos because it's not an open-source format, not because of Videobox. Videos need to be converted to webm or ogv format to work in Firefox, if you prefer to support older browsers and to have your videos in a single format, there are plenty of flash players in this category.

Reviews: 4
Simple and very convenient plugin, but it is system (not content!). Plugin scripts are on all (!) pages of site (not only on pages with video). This is unnecessary code for pages without video.
Owner's reply

Well, Videobox 3.x is a system plugin, while Videobox 1.x and 2.x are content plugins. You're free to use one that suits you.

Reviews: 7
very simple to install and works very well.

Thank you.
Reviews: 1
This is a very nice little plugin. It works well, is easy to use, and is well supported.
Reviews: 3
I selected this plugin over some others not because it looked like it has a lot of extra features, but because the reviews indicated that the developer gave good support. This was a good choice.

I found an error in the J3.0 version, and sent a message about it. A fix was available in just a few hours.

My only suggestion is that the version should have been bumped to reflect the change, just so I can be sure I have the right one installed. I'll be using this as my default video plugin.

Excellent work, and thanks!
Reviews: 1
As a beginner Joomla user, I had an previous error code on my site that was not caused by the extension, but was blocking my use of Videobox. The developer got back to my inquiry quickly (within the same day) and helped me work through the issue. I was very impressed with the helpful attitude! After working through a couple sets of instructions, Videobox works just as promised. Great job on the extension and thanks for the fanatic support. Clearly explained, even for a beginner!
Reviews: 36
This is a beautifully designed application. Simple to install and configure. I had a small technical issue related to my configuration, and the developer responded within an hour - so support is great too. Not enough stars available.
Reviews: 98
After the first try of this plugin (v2.0.2), I found something need to be improved, so I contacted the author via email, then he replied soon and added these new features (youku support, auto-play option, etc) . Now this plugin is nearly perfect!
Reviews: 1
I've installed this plugin and had some troubles to get it on as I want, maybe
due a misunderstanding of the tag.

So I put an email to developer whom goes beyond to reply my question, he gave me further assistance to fine tuning my video-gallery.

So it means a nice works and even more nice support.

I recommend both, videbox and its developer.
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