10 Ideas to Use Video Footage in Web Design

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LEEROY Creative Agency
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Video integration is becoming a popular web design trend in 2016. From simply embedding videos to creating alternate realities, here are a few of the techniques used to incorporate motion available to web designers:

Background Videos

Background videos augment the design aesthetic of a website. Vu Sunglass, an online sunglass retailer in Canada, uses a Vimeo account to host the background video on their e-commerce site. The black and white clip captures the essence of the luxurious quality of the collection, and with text overlays, users can immediately tell the purpose of the brand. Movement has also been used to show off the curator’s Exclusivities, with floating close up shots boasting the fine details of the sunglasses.

Parallax

Parallax scrolling enhances the web design experience by creating an impression of depth, catching the audience’s attention. Integrating high quality video content with a parallax effect, A6 Beoplay captures the value of its product in a luxe, tranquil manner. As the visitor scrolls, more videos are revealed. This site has a distinct focus on how it feels to experience the product, and the design is an imperative component in communicating this.

Play, Pause & Mouse-Over

The ability to start and stop video is a key feature when integrating video in web design. The play/pause effect gives users more control over their experience. While some sites using this technique have click activation, Meritek, an IT recruitment website, has seamlessly integrated video using mouse-over activation. The clip shows people arriving to work in the morning, signifying the IT job placement platform’s objective. It begins to play when the mouse is hovering above the area and pauses as the user moves the cursor away. This interactive element uses an MP4 codec hosted on the server to allow for the mouse-over effect to work.

Animated Logo

If motion can be integrated into a logo it gives the designer additional methods of communicating the brand. As you enter Cardiogenix’s site (a private clinic in Montreal) an EKG animation welcomes you as the page loads. This quickly gives visitors an idea of what this page is about. On their about page, a heart-shaped logo is not only beating, but also follows users down the page as they scroll, highlighting links to the site’s links as it goes. Another benefit of an animated logo is that it stands out among the hundreds of other static logos people see every day. Of course, as the number of moving logos increases, the stand-out effect could diminish.

Fullscreen Homepage Video

Video embedding is where motion in web design began. With a fullscreen video on your home page – with the possibility to continue to the website – you can display a simple tutorial on how your company work and all the process of your industry. Asteelflash, a leader in electronic manufacturing services, displays a corporate video that explains the way they stand by their customers.

GIFs

A well-utilised technique, GIFs, allows designers to create a short burst of motion. Tumblr is well known for its utilization of GIFs by its users, from movie snippets to memes. On the professional side, its graphic design team also use GIFs for Tumblr’s web design. One of their designers, Skip Hursh, has created several GIF logos for Tumblr. His Tumblr TV logo, inspired by the 90s MTV logo, ties in with Tumblr’s love of hipster pop culture. Another set of Tumblr-related GIFs demonstrate the various ways of publishing on the blog site. These GIFs allow Tumblr’s purpose to be presented in a matter of seconds.

Google Indoor Street-View

By incorporating Google Streetview into the design of a web page, designers allow users to discover a brand’s edifice. Now, with indoor Street-view, businesses can let viewers look inside their establishment — ideal for hotels, restaurants, boutiques, and for those who simply want to show off the interior design of their enterprise. Google provides a happy medium; still images do not provide enough experiential detail, and pre-filmed videos do not allow viewers to decide which areas they explore. Vu, a Montreal optometry store, has a detailed indoor Streetview – viewers can see display cases, consultation desks, the reception area and waiting room, optometry offices, and even a children’s playroom. This pragmatic technique allows potential clients to look around the store’s facilities before they make an appointment.

WebGL

Relatively new to web designers, WebGL has become increasingly popular since its initial release in 2011. It is a Javascript API which can be used for rendering 2D and 3D graphics on web browsers without using a plugin. LEEROY, a web agency, uses a WebGL element on their homepage to create an interactive 2D logo. The logo reacts as the user moves the mouse around the page, allowing the creative agency to display its web design skills, while a more fun and aesthetically pleasing experience is crafted for the visitor.

HTML5 Animation

HTML5 animation allows web designers to create an original environment that cannot be created with live action film. The Museum of the World, a project by the British Museum and Google Cultural Institute, uses HTML5 to create an animated archive of historical artifacts beginning from the year 2000 all the way back to 2,000,000 BC. The interactive design allows the user to easily travel back through history using the arrow keys, and to learn more about specific artifacts by clicking on the relevant nodes. The design of the website allows for a unified animated experience from start to finish.

Cinemagraphs

Cinemagraphs are the middle ground digital artists have been waiting for. Somewhere between a static image and a video, cinemagraphs allow for moving elements within a still image. Using a combination of photo and video equipment, as well as some post-production editing, basic photos can now be brought to life. The picture of the Paris cityscape with moving cars and twinkling lights on the Eiffel Tower found on the site’s homepage allows users to feel like they are experiencing the image. Although still technically a GIF, it avoids the awkward start-stop-restart steps sometimes visible in GIFs. As it can be useful to demonstrate the movement of a particular product element, it has been warmly welcomed in the fashion industry.