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Thread: Need help using Video LightBox to create video gallery in a CMS

  1. #1
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    Jan 2012

    Question Need help using Video LightBox to create video gallery in a CMS

    First off, I'm not a web developer. I do online marketing for a very small company, but this project has fallen to me. We are having a series of web videos created next week, and once they're done I need to be able to display them on the company's homepage in a nice looking lightbox gallery.
    Our website is a template site created and hosted by a company that provides that service to businesses in our industry. The CMS provides the option to create and edit html within a certain div section of the body of any of the site's pages, but only within the body.

    I found a program online called Video LightBox (I downloaded the free version to try it out, if we end up using it we will purchase the business edition) where you can input the URL of any video and it will create a customizable gallery based on different template options it has. Once you've created the template, there are a couple ways to publish it. One involves publishing directly to the FTP server. I don't fully understand FTP servers, and I don't know if the various login info I would need for that is something I could get. The other two options are basically different ways for it to generate the html code. I was hoping to be able to just generate the html code and then copy and paste it into the CMS.

    However, that's not working. When I generate the code as an html file and open it locally, it looks how I want it to (these are just random YouTube videos for testing purposes). But when I try pasting that code into the CMS and pushing it live to the site, it ends up extremely broken . I think the issue might be that the code Video LightBox gives me includes information that needs to be in the head of the html document, but in the CMS I only have access to the body. Here's a screenshot of the code that Video Lightbox ended up generating.

    If that's the case, is there any way I can "cheat" the code so that browsers can read the head info even though it appears in the body? Or will I need to have the site vendor put that into the head? Or is there something else I'm missing entirely?

    Any help or advice would be extremely appreciated. Thanks!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    NW Washington State
    There is almost always more than one way to skin a cat!
    Most Video/Light boxes need to use a bunch of CSS and .js to make things work... so yes, you most likely need access to the <head>
    Can't get it??? oh well... go around them.
    But you will need to be able to create AND host a separate Web page that you can ... sort of ... embed ... directly into your main Web page.
    The best method for this is the iframe:
    So you have already created a working HTML page... you just need to find a host for that page and then include an iframe of those videos directly into the body of your CMS.
    I have a client whose host would absolutely not allow video... but we wanted a video... and not JUST a video.. but a Live Broadcast video! They absolutely refused to host it... so I just created an iframe... hosted on one of my other servers and "embedded" that Live Broadcast on their page via an iframe... worked like a charm!
    Also just helped out this fellow over at the Adobe Forums... scroll down toward the bottom for final resolution:
    iframe worked well for him also.
    Best wishes,
    Eye for Video

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Great suggestion! I just tested it out and it worked beautifully for what we want to do. I was really wary about getting the site vendor involved because of the deadline I'm working with, and your suggestion just saved me a massive headache.

    Thanks so much!

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