Embedding a Video in Compatible Themes

Want to use OptinMonster to show your visitors a video? Some of OptinMonster’s templates are specially designed to display an embedded video from services such as YouTube and Vimeo. Follow this guide on embedding a video in compatible templates to get started.

  1. Select a Video-Capable Template
  2. Copy the Video Embed URL
  3. Paste the Video Embed URL

Step 1 – Select a Video-Capable Template

In this walk-through, we’ll create a new Lightbox campaign and choose the Theater template which supports video.


NOTE: You can also change to a video-capable template at any time within the Optin panel of the Builder.

Step 2 – Copy Your Video Embed URL

Copy the embed url for your video. This is typically different than what you see in your address bar.

Get the embed URL

Step 3 – Paste Video Embed URL

Select the Optin tab in the campaign Builder.

Select the optin tab in the campaign builder to configure your campaign's template settings.

Scroll down in the Optin panel to the Video Embed URL field and paste the video embed url. Your video will appear in the live preview.

Paste your video's embed URL in the provided field.

Be sure to save your campaign and you’ve successfully added a video to your campaign!

Ready to show the video to your visitors? Check out our guide on how to target specific visitors.


Q: My video isn’t loading in the campaign preview, why?

A: The most common reason for this issue is using an incorrect video embed URL. Most video-hosting services will use a specific URL for video embedding which is different from the URL displayed in your browser.

The following formats for video embed URLs should be used (replacing VIDEO_ID with the ID of your video) when embedding video from these common video-hosting services:

YouTube — //www.youtube.com/embed/VIDEO_ID

Vimeo — //player.vimeo.com/video/VIDEO_ID

Wistia — //fast.wistia.net/embed/iframe/VIDEO_ID

Q: How do I hide the controls, autoplay or loop my video?

A: If your video hosting service supports it, this can be done by adding the appropriate query string to the end of your video embed URL.

The most up-to-date information can be found at the links below:

Common Query Parameters
Query Parameters each have a Key and a Value. Therefore they always appear as something like: ?key=value

When it comes to the query parameters used for these video parameters, the number 1 is used to represent “true” or “enabled” whereas the number 0 is used to represent “false” or “disabled”.

You can add the follow query parameters to the end of your video link to achieve additional functionality with your video.

  • Autoplay a Video → ?autoplay=1
  • Hide Video Information → ?showinfo=0
  • Hide Video Player Controls → ?controls=0

Examples of a YouTube Video URL to be used in OptinMonster:

  1. www.youtube.com/embed/VIDEO_ID/?autoplay=1
  2. www.youtube.com/embed/VIDEO_ID?autoplay=1&showinfo=0&controls=0
  • Autoplay a Video → ?autoplay=1
  • Loop the Video → ?loop=1
  • Set Default Video Quality → ?quality=1080p

Examples of a Vimeo Video URL to be used in OptinMonster:

  1. //player.vimeo.com/video/VIDEO_ID?autoplay=1
  2. //player.vimeo.com/video/VIDEO_ID?autoplay=1&loop=1&quality=1080p
  • Start at 30 seconds → ?time=30
  • “Slide” Transition between videos → ?transition=slide

Examples of a Vimeo Video URL to be used in OptinMonster:

  1. //fast.wistia.net/embed/iframe/VIDEO_ID?time=30
  2. //fast.wistia.net/embed/iframe/VIDEO_ID?transition=slide