WooCommerce Plugins tested: Integrate product videos

With the WooCommerce Video Product Tab and YITH Featured Video there are two easy enhancements for integrating product videos in your online shop. We have tested the free extensions for you.

WooCommerce Video Product Tab

The WooCommerce Video Product Tab plugin provides for easy and quick integration of videos in your product page. It works without its own admin area. With its installation, only a new “Video” tab is inserted in the Product options and product data:

The new “Video” area in the product options

This enables you to integrate videos from all providers who make an embedded code available (such as YouTube, Vimeo etc.). The title or the header that appears above the video can be individually determined. It can also be hidden using the “Hide Title” check box. If you want to embed several videos, you can enter two or more codes in sequence in the “Embed Code” field.

The result, using the example of our Hamburg theme, looks like this:

The video below the long product description
The video below the long product description

The presentation may vary depending upon the WordPress or shop theme.

The maximum size of the displayed video also depends upon the theme. In order to display this smaller, you adjust the size in the embedded video code. Alternatively, the plugin author makes the appropriate filter available.

If you want to insert the WooCommerce Video Product Tab in a multi-site environment, then you should read this instruction beforehand.

YITH WooCommerce Featured Video

The makers of YITH Featured Video came up with an exciting alternative form of display: There the video is integrated in place of the main article image. Thus – in case of our Hamburg theme – immediately at the beginning of the product page and next to the product description:

The video as the main element of the product description
The video as the main element of the product description

This is suitable mainly for products for which the full-motion video format should absolutely be the key focus. For example, an excerpt from a film in a video shop. The integration method is even easier here:

The Integration of Featured Videos
The Integration of Featured Videos

The plugin adds a new “Featured Video URL” field to the general product data. There you simply have to paste the YouTube or Vimeo URL, e.g. http://vimeo.com/1234567.

The solution has a slight drawback: Any product image already saved will no longer be displayed after the video is integrated, not even in the product gallery. The additional gallery images remain intact, however. This means it may involve some work if you would like to add videos to products already saved: The main product image must be copied into the gallery beforehand.

Important: Both plugins make changes to your WooCommerce installation. That is why you should try them out via a separate test system before integrating them in your live online shop. Even with your theme or other plugins, there may be incompatibilities.

Do you have any questions about the plugins? Or do you know of a WooCommerce extension that we really ought to introduce to our readers? We look forward to your comments.

Title image: © Salvatore Ciambra License: CC BY-SA 2.0

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  1. #1

    Hi. Thanks for the info. Do you know if the YITH will also replace the images in the main shop page with the video clips if I implement it in the individual product pages? ( using avada with woocommerce… Shop is still in draft)… I would like to get to situation where the main shop page with all the products, are video clips and not images..

  2. #2

    There is one more plugin for embedding videos in product image gallery for WooCommerce. Best thing is this is available free and does not require to edit any core WooCommerce files.

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