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How to Create Local Video Slideshows

In this guide, I’ll show you how to create a slideshow using videos hosted in your site’s Media Library.

Before you start, it’s worth checking to make sure your video uses the correct file type. WordPress officially allows you to upload nine types of video files. All of these file types can be embedded and played inside your posts and pages.

  • .avi
  • .mpg
  • .mov
  • .mp4, .m4v
  • .ogv
  • .wmv
  • .3gp
  • .3g2

You may be able to upload other file types, but these are the only ones that officially supported. Click here to see what video file types you can upload in WordPress.

How to create local video slides

  • Install both MetaSlider Free and MetaSlider Pro. This guide shows how to install both plugins.
  • Go to “MetaSlider” in your WordPress admin menu.
  • Click “New” in the top toolbar and create a new slider.
  • Click “Add Slide” and choose “Layer Slider”.
  • In the screenshot below, check step 1. This helps you verify that WordPress accepts your video file.
  • In Step 2, copy the URL of your video by clicking “Copy URL to clipboard”.
  • Click “Add to Slideshow”.
Adding locally hosted video to your slider
  • You will now see the “Layer Slide” in the main part of your MetaSlider admin area.
  • Click the “Video Background” tab.
  • Enter the URL for your video that you copied from the previous screenshot.
Adding locally hosted video to your video background

You have now completed the whole process and you can publish this slideshow on your site.