Rick G. Rick G. - 1 year ago 78
jQuery Question

How did youtube create a fluid video player?

If you see on on anyone of YouTube's videos, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8yznE7rkiM, as you re-size the dimensions of the page, the video player will change according to the aspect ratio rather than just simply re-sizing it. This is useful because it doesn't show black bars. My attempt at it was not as successful.

<style type="text/css">
#actualvid {
width: 100% !important;
height: auto !important;
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/swfobject/2.2/swfobject.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.5/jquery.min.js"></script>
<div id="actualvid">
<div id="ytapiplayer" style="width: 620px; height: 480px;" >
You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video.
<script type="text/javascript">

var params = { allowScriptAccess: "always", allowfullscreen: "true" };
var atts = { id: "myytplayer" };

swfobject.embedSWF("http://www.youtube.com/e/s8yznE7rkiM?enablejsapi=1&playerapiid=ytplayer?rel=0&autoplay=1&rel=0","ytapiplayer", "640", "390", "8", null, null, params, atts);

function onYouTubePlayerReady(playerId) {
ytplayer = document.getElementById("myytplayer");
function play(el, videoid) {
if (ytplayer) {

// reset background-color for all divs which has class video
$('.video').css('background-color', '#222222');
$(el).css('background-color', '#3A3A3A');


One way I attempted to do this was to throw the video in a div and go about it this way: http://css-tricks.com/NetMag/FluidWidthVideo/Article-FluidWidthVideo.php however, I was not able to get that to work. Can anyone help? I like the way YouTube did it but it seems as if it re-sizes accordingly to the window size.

Answer Source

Here is a solution with only CSS:

.embed-container {
  position: relative;
  padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16x9 */
  height: 0;
  overflow: hidden;
  max-width: 100%;
  height: auto;
.embed-container iframe {
  position: absolute;
  top: 0;
  left: 0;
  width: 100%;
  height: 100%;
<div class='embed-container'>
  <iframe src='http://www.youtube.com/embed/s8yznE7rkiM' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen></iframe>

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