Problems with video size and plugin

I am a noobie at RW.
Using the Allegro theme i am having trouble with videos in the blog page.

  1. the original video is 854 X 480 but in preview mode, the frame looks almost square.
  2. after publishing the video does not appear, just an almost square placeholder and “Plugin not supported” shows on Chrome.
    and 3) the heading and video are not responsive.


Seeing some source code might help here so just guessing…

Did you specify the width and height of the video or leave them blank?

Is your video in .mp4 format - should be!

I haven’t used that Theme, so perhaps the heading and video won’t be responsive, can’t tell for sure.


I can show code but how can I send it to you by screenshot or copy and paste?
My problem is that the changes I make in the code using Inspect Element do not stay. I don’t know how to save the changes. Bit sad really.

And no I am using .mov files.

.mov files require a quicktime plugin which Apple doesn’t supply anymore I don’t believe, html 5 support is .MP4

As for screenshot you can do that, must be jpg or png format, or copy code and paste it using the </> icon in the message header.

No, inspect element changes are only for visual representation of what changes you make might look like on a live document. All editing must be done inside RW to be permanent.



Just created a sample page from this Theme using the built in Blog Page Type.

Added a Header
Added content to the body (plus drag in a .mp4 video from Dropbox Shared folder)
Clicked on Summary, added a summary with a perm-a-link

Published to MAMP (Local server)

Works as advertised, responsive and all, video in correct size even…


Thanks for the effort Brad. I have changed all movies to mp4 and they work okay but I find only a link not a video that plays. If I click on the link the video plays in a new tab which I don’t want.
My obvious question is how do you code html in RW. I have been able to change some CSS in Inspector and I know some html but how do I access the code?
I will send you the screenshot of the link and the html in Inspect Element.

I cannot find any access to code so I can’t send.

Did you Alias or embed the video?

To code in html, you add an html stack to a site stack page type you want to add html to or you add a html page type to the site you want to have a custom html page for.

So, you have found one of the limitations of using a pre-built RapidWeaver Theme using only the defined Page Types for that Theme.

This is often why people go to Foundations, FreeStacks Responsive, BootSnap or Pure all in combination with Stacks. They reach the limits of a Theme and move on from there.

Wish I had more answers for you


Thanks for you help Brad.
Looks like I will need Stacks.
Do I need to buy Stacks if I buy Impact? In other words, will Impact perform without Stacks?
Are you in the Southern Hemisphere. I am in Melbourne Victoria Australia.


Impact by Joe Workman? You can read all about it here and watch a video too (Does require Stacks 3.x as it is 2 stacks in the package, one for animation, the other for source (video/image in various types). You would still require a Theme of some sort.

Kingston, Ontario Canada is my residence currently.


i think I am getting desperate unfortunately.
I am considering bailing out of RW.
Apparently I cannot place a video inside a blog page. I think I have the code correct but the video says its loading but nothing happens.
Furthermore there is no training available on video. Nothing on the community site. Nothing on Rapidweaverclassroom which I subscribed to.
The original price is doubling if I accept recommendations of purchasing Stacks 3 and another stack for video delivery all to place a video on standard RW blog page.
If I had more hair it would be torn out by now!

What about sharing the URL for that blog page where you put the video on with us, so that we are able to have a look?


What @instacks says… a url would be useful to assist further.

But honestly, if you buy YourHead Stacks and a few stacks you will find that your design capability with or without Themes will be unbounded by restrictions… I definitely recommend Stacks as a must buy add-on for RapidWeaver if you’re wanting any sort of custom control of page content.

I’m not doing sites for money (yet), I have 2 sites and have spent quite a bit on Third party products and have only been disappointed in a few of them.

I’m not trying to dissuade you into staying with RW, but I think, personally, if you give Stacks a try you will fall in love.


Thanks Brad
But Stacks does not provide a video placement Stack AFAICS.
I am only interested in minimal design control: merely to place a video.
RW refuses to publish at the moment so I can’t give you the URL. Here is the blog page code.

<!doctype html>

	<title>Blog | Trying Hard at Golf</title>
	<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="all" href="../rw_common/themes/allegro/consolidated.css" />
	<link href=',400italic' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>
	<link href="" rel="stylesheet">
	<script type="text/javascript" src="../rw_common/themes/allegro/javascript.js"></script>
	<script type="text/javascript" src="../rw_common/themes/allegro/scripts/function.js"></script>
	<script type="text/javascript" src="../rw_common/themes/allegro/scripts/retina.js"></script>
	<script type="text/javascript" src="../rw_common/themes/allegro/scripts/modernizr.min.js"></script>
	<script type="text/javascript" src="../rw_common/themes/allegro/scripts/slideshow/jquery.easing.1.3.js"></script>
	<script type="text/javascript" src="../rw_common/themes/allegro/scripts/sidebar/right.js"></script>
	<style type="text/css" media="all"> </style>
<!--[if lt IE 9]>
<script src=""></script>
<style>.skiptonav, #menu {display:none;}</style>

General theory of TryHardGolf

25Feb/16 14:49 Filed in: Why Golf?


This put can happen to the best of players, even on the last hole of the US Open.

It could have been me there…or you. We don't normally miss three footers so we can blame the surface of the green, the wind, the putter OR we can get really sad and beat ourselves up.
Not a lot of point to that response.
i suppose the obvious response is to give the game up. My friends from the Gold Coast would never dream of it though. The guy holding the flag above has seen that sort of put before. He has no sympathy whatsoever.
People say that you only need 1 good shot per round to encourage you to keep playing golf. Well I have had lots of rounds where nothing goes well and yet I keep playing golf.
Our website is really all about the missed put. How could it happen? We have been playing for years (in my case 35 years)


No, Stacks by itself does not offer this out of the box, you would need an additional stack.

Please export the site locally
find the page that has the video
rename the file to .txt from .html
upload txt file to dropbox or other sharing service
Provide link to that file for us to have a look at.


Here is the link to dropbox.
I hope this works.

This did not work.
Pls try this.
I tested this url and it worked.

@hildaxe Is there a particular reason you want to self-host the videos on your own server? If you uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo then you’d be able to embed the videos quite easily into a blog page (even without stacks).

I mainly wanted to keep viewers on the site rather than have them wander around Youtube.
I also had a problem with the frame at the end of play about various videos not mine.

Got it. I’m not sure about YouTube, but in Vimeo I can control what happens at the end (and, of course, I choose not showing other videos, etc.).

However, even in the worse case scenario they’d still be on your blog post page. Most folks know about YouTube and the “suggested videos” at the end and simply ignore that bit.

I’d first check what controls you really have with YouTube, but my guess is you’re making this a bigger problem than it need be (re: viewers leaving a page).