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Opened 12 months ago

Last modified 10 months ago

#51564 reopened defect (bug)

Unable to autoplay + loop off-screen videos using Chrome

Reported by: kentallenduke Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 5.4.2
Component: Media Keywords: has-screenshots reporter-feedback
Focuses: Cc:


Hi there,

To move away from using heavy GIFs, I am trying to autoplay and loop multiple mp4 video files (without sound) on WordPress. However, even with the autoplay and loop tags, the videos that aren’t in view after clicking refresh are not autoplaying or looping. This unintended behavior is reproducible on Chrome 86.0.4240.75, 87.0.4280.20, and 88.0.4291.2, but not on Firefox 83.

Expected: With the appropriate tags, all videos should show autoplay and loop regardless if they’re off-screen on Chrome (Firefox works as expected). Alternatively, to save resources, videos off-screen should start autoplaying and looping once they are in view.

Actual: Off-screen videos aren’t autoplaying or looping after I hit the refresh key, even when I scroll down to view them.

See attached Google Drive video link below. Being able to autoplay and loop MP4s will solve multiple problems with GIFs:

– Much lower file size (6x less, sometimes 10x smaller) than GIFs, meaning less time uploading and much faster page load.
– File quality will appear much better as an mp4 compared to the pixel-y look from GIFs.
– To add to the second point, 60 FPS mp4 is ~2-3 times smaller than 30 FPS GIF.

Google Drive video link:

Attachments (1)

Multiple auto-play + loop videos test - Google Chrome 2020-10-13 16-49-18.mp4 (7.6 MB) - added by kentallenduke 12 months ago.
Video illustrating the issue

Change History (8)

#1 @kentallenduke
12 months ago

  • Keywords reporter-feedback removed
  • Resolution set to invalid
  • Status changed from new to closed

#2 @kentallenduke
12 months ago

  • Resolution invalid deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core-media by antpb. View the logs.

10 months ago

#4 @antpb
10 months ago

  • Keywords reporter-feedback added

Hello @kentallenduke ! Thanks for this report! Do you by chance have a live link of a page that this is happening on? I suspect this might be a Chrome performance feature that is proving inconsistent but would like to dig in to confirm.

I have some ideas on how to test this on my end, but a link to yours would be very helpful!

Thanks for your first ticket btw!!

#5 @joelyoder
10 months ago

@kentallenduke can you test and see if this issue persists if you add the muted attribute to the video tags? Chrome has a number of different policies limiting when and where a video will autoplay, and marking a video as muted usually is the best solution for videos without audio.

#6 @joelyoder
10 months ago

I've tested this in Chrome using the video block with autoplay and loop enabled. With mute toggled on, all of the videos autoplay as expected. With mute toggled off, any video that is not fully in the viewport on load does not autoplay.

Last edited 10 months ago by joelyoder (previous) (diff)

#7 @kentallenduke
10 months ago

Hi @antpb @joelyoder , thanks for getting back to me.

Here's a live link to the webpage:

@joelyoder I tried adding muted, autoplay, and loop attribute to the embedded videos, but the clips outside of the viewport are still not loading after refreshing the page. Weirdly enough, all videos autoplay as intended on the Android version of Chrome.

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