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The following is a guest post by Sara Soueidan. I know Sara through all her excellent work on CodePen. She was working on some custom HTML5 video controls and noticed that the customizations were lost when the video went into full screen mode (example of that happening). Digging into the shadow DOM, Sara finds a solution…

If you’ve ever worked with HTML5 video then you have probably wondered how you get a bunch of control buttons, sliders, and slider thumbs on your page, when you’ve only added a single <video> tag to the DOM.

Browsers add these controls as a “sub-tree” of the video tag into the rendering of the document. These elements (buttons, sliders, etc.) are part of the DOM, but you can’t actually see them in the main DOM tree, you only see them rendered onto the page. More on this shortly.

The problem of HTML5 video controls in full-screen mode

While working on a custom HTML5 video framework lately, I stumbled upon an issue which a lot of designers and developers stumble upon in this area. Instead of displaying the custom controls I was working on, native browser controls appeared on the video when it entered the full-screen mode. Like so many others, I searched around for answers to this problem but had no luck finding any. (Update: this bug is filed in the Chrome bug tracker).

After some inspection in the dev tools, I found that:

  1. The native controls were still there. By setting the controls attribute of the video element to false, we are able to hide the controls but for some reason, when entering full-screen mode they reappear, despite being hidden in normal screen mode. (Why?)
  2. The custom controls were hidden below the video in the full-screen mode. Inspecting the controls with the dev tools showed that the reason the controls were hidden below is because the user agent’s style sheet (in this case Chrome’s style sheet) was overriding the styles applied to the controls, with a very weird z-index value, I must say!

How do we make this work? How do we prevent the native controls from appearing in full-screen mode and show our own custom-styled controls instead?

The second point is easy: just override the user agent stylesheet. We do that all the time in our stylesheets. We’ll get to this shortly. But what about the first point? How can we hide elements that the browser adds but we can’t see in the DOM tree we’re working with?

Note that the technique explained in this article to hide the native controls works only in browsers that support the Shadow DOM.

Quick Introduction to Shadow DOM

The subtree of DOM elements generated by the browser is what we call the “Shadow DOM”. Plainly speaking, it’s a bunch of DOM elements, the same as the ones you’re already familiar with, like <div>s and <span>s, which are added by the browser as a document fragment, and are rendered on the page just like the main DOM tree.


James Edwards summarizes the function of the shadow DOM perfectly in his article for SitePoint:

The Shadow DOM encapsulates content by creating document fragments. Effectively, the content of a Shadow DOM is a different document, which is merged with the main document to create the overall rendered output.

In fact some browsers already use this to render some of their native widgets.

The reason why browsers do this is because browser developers decided to encapsulate some DOM elements to hide them from us developers so we’re not concerned with the implementation details of these elements, in an attempt to make things easier for us to work with. Also, as James Edwards also said in his article:

Because it’s isolated, users can’t accidentally break it, there’s no possibility of naming conflicts with any classes or IDs you use, and the CSS on the main page won’t affect it at all.

So we know now that the controls added to the video tag are just part of the shadow DOM sub-tree generated for this tag by the browser.

Hiding the native video controls

We need to be able to style the controls which are part of the shadow DOM, but how do we do that if the regular CSS selectors we know can’t access Shadow DOM elements?

After reading this superb intro article by Dimitri Glazkov I learned that “there’s a handy pseudo attribute capability, which allows shadow DOM subtrees to associate an arbitrary pseudo-element identifier with an element in the subtree.”

Which means that some elements inside the shadow DOM subtree can be styled by targeting them via their associated pseudo-element. This sounds great!

But how do we determine what pseudo-element is associated with the shadow DOM element we need to style? Some elements are more or less known, like the range input, which has a pseudo-element available to style its thumb in webkit browsers

Firefox also provides two pseudo-elements to style range inputs now that it supports them starting from version 23.0:


But what about other less-known pseudo-elements associated with other shadow DOM elements? What pseudo-elements are associated with them? To find out, the Chrome dev tools come to the rescue!

Determining pseudo-elements associated with Shadow DOM elements

One of the great features of the Chrome dev tools is that you can inspect the shadow DOM subtrees in the Elements panel just like you would inspect the “regular” DOM tree. All you have to do is enable this feature:

  1. Go to dev tools settings (by clicking the little gear icon at the bottom right of the dev tools)
  2. In the General tab, check the “Show Shadow DOM” option
  3. Restart the dev tools (close and reopen)

Now, when u inspect the <video> element, you get something similar to the screenshot below:

Then, just like you can get the style rules for any HTML element if you click on it in the Elements panel, you can see the pseudo-elements associated with the subtree of the shadow DOM too. Pretty neat, huh? :)

So for the video controls we can see from the screenshot that there’s a pseudo-element called ::-webkit-media-controls, which as the name clearly indicates, is associated with tags containing media controls.

Setting a display:none !important; on this pseudo-element hides the element completely in normal and full-screen mode.

But bear in mind that this pseudo-element is associated with the outermost <div> in the subtree, which will contain media controls, all kinds of media controls, which means that if you have an <audio> tag somewhere on the page, you’ll be hiding the controls for that media element as well.

So, unless you want to hide all browser native media controls, you’ll need to specify which type of media controls to hide, which are those associated with the video element, and you’d target them by specifying the “scope” for this pseudo-element:

This will hide the native controls completely.

Another options is that you could go deeper in the sub-tree to find the pseudo-element associated with the inner and more specific div containing the actual controls: buttons, sliders, etc., and hide that.

So going one level deeper we get the pseudo-element associated with the inner div:

Setting the display property of this pseudo-element to none will hide the native controls completely, in both normal and full-screen mode. You can also see that this pseudo-element is more specific in terms of scope (the video element) and the div it’s associated with: the div “enclosing” the actual control elements.

And that’s pretty much all you need to do to hide the native controls in full-screen mode. Simple, right?

Showing the custom video controls

As for the custom controls, they still didn’t appear in my demo after hiding the native ones, because, as you’ve seen in the screenshot above, the user agent style sheet had a value for z-index set to the full-screen mode:

I have no idea why the developers chose this value in particular, but it could be because, as Nate Volker pointed out in his comment below that this number is the maximum value for a 32-bit signed integer, which could be the datatype the browser developers use to represent values for z-index. So in order to make sure the custom controls are visible you need to set the z-index for the custom controls to be equal to or higher than this value.

Setting it to 2147483646 made the controls disappear in full-screen mode on Firefox and, sometimes (a bug?), in Chrome, so the z-index for the controls container should be >= 2147483647.


In order to hide the native controls in full-screen mode in browsers supporting the Shadow DOM you need to:

  1. target the pseudo-element associated with them: video::-webkit-media-controls-enclosure, which you can find by using Chrome’s dev tools and inspecting the shadow DOM, and set it’s display to none, and then to show your custom-styled controls
  2. set the z-index of your custom controls to a value higher than the z-index supplied by the user agent style sheet.

And that’s pretty much it!


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See the Pen Custom HTML5 Video Controls in Full Screen by Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) on CodePen.

What about other browsers that don’t support the shadow DOM?

While working I also tested the results in Firefox. Setting the z-index to the value mentioned above makes the custom controls also appear in Firefox’s full-screen mode, so showing the controls is easy, but the shadow DOM solution doesn’t work because Firefox does not yet support it, so the native controls also still appear in full-screen mode.

Surely enough, you can expect similar behavior in other browsers that don’t support the shadow DOM.

The only way that I found to hide the native controls in these browsers is to cover the native controls with the custom ones, by simply positioning the custom controls on top of them using simple and basic CSS styles targeting the full-screen mode.
This hides the native controls, but also has a limitation: the custom controls can’t have a transparent background, otherwise the native controls will show through.

There is another possible solution here. Mr. James Edwards noted in his comment below that the native controls can be hidden in full-screen mode in another way too, without having to use the shadow DOM, by applying the full-screen mode to an element, for example, a

, containing the video element. I tested his technique and it worked in Chrome, and it also worked in latest version of Firefox on Windows 7, and according to Mr. Edwards it should also work in other browsers supporting the full-screen mode

Further Reading

  • W3C’s Shadow DOM Working Draft
  • Shadow DOM 101 on HTML5Rocks
  • The Dark Shadow Of The DOM on SitePoint
  • What The Heck Is Shadow DOM by Dimitri Glazkov

And if you’re interested you can also see how you can use the shadow DOM API and HTML <template>s to create your own “encapsulated” code and HTML templates by watching this presentation by Peter Gasston about Web Components that he gave at this year’s CSSConfEU.

Firefox handles many types of audio and video content on web pages. This article explains which media formats you can play and how to control, save, and open them.

Table of Contents

  • 1Supported formats
  • 2Audio and video controls

Since the use of certain audio and video file types is restricted by patents, a third-party application is required to use them. Firefox, however, is able to play natively open media and some types of patented media.

Open media

Firefox can play the WAVcontainer format (.wav, .wave file types) containing uncompressed audio in PCM at 8 or 16 bits per sample.

Vorbis audio, Opus audio, Theora video, and VP8 video are free audio/video compression formats for use without patent restrictions. They can be viewed in Firefox if they are embedded in the following container formats: Ogg (.ogg, .oga, .ogv, .ogx, .spx, .opus file types) or WebM (.webm file type).

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Firefox also supports FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) playback (.flac file type) and MP3 playback (.mp3 file type).

Patented media

AAC and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC are patented audio/video compression formats. They can be viewed in Firefox using built-in OS libraries (so neither Mozilla nor you need to pay a fee) if embedded in the MP4container format (.mp4, .m4a, .m4p, .m4b, .m4r, .m4v file types).

Firefox supports WebM/VP9 video on systems that don't support MP4/H.264.

Tip: In order to test your system, some sample video files are available in the “Video For Everybody” Test Page at

Control bar

When you visit a website that includes supported media, you will see controls for managing playback when you hold the mouse pointer over the media on the page.

  • Play button: Starts playback.
  • Pause button: Stops playback once it has started.
  • Position slider: Indicates how much time has elapsed since the beginning of the file. Drag the slider left or right to go back or forward.
  • Volume control: Click to mute or unmute. Hover and drag the slider up or down to adjust the volume.
  • Fullscreen button: Toggles fullscreen when in default size.
  • Default size button: Restores the default size when in fullscreen.

Context menu controls

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The context menu (accessible via right-clickCtrl-click) includes the above controls except the sliders, and also let you:

  • Accelerate or reduce the playback rate: Select Play Speed and then one of the available speeds.
  • Play video over and over: Select Loop so that the video will play over and over automatically.
  • Hide controls: Select Hide Controls so that the bottom control bar never show up. To show them, select Show Controls.

Keyboard controls

After you click on the media on a web page, to give it focus, you can control the playback with your keyboard.

Toggle Play / PauseSpace bar
Decrease volume
Increase volume
Mute audioCtrl + command +
Unmute audioCtrl + command +
Seek back 15 seconds
Seek back 10 %Ctrl + command +
Seek forward 15 seconds
Seek forward 10 %Ctrl + command +
Seek to the beginningHome
Seek to the endEnd

To save an audio file from a web page to your computer:

  1. Right-clickHold down the control key while you click on the audio controls and select Save Audio As….
  2. Select a location on your computer to save the file.

To save a video file from a web page to your computer:

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  1. Right-clickHold down the control key while you click on the video controls and select Save Video As….
    • Select Save Snapshot As… if you only want to save the video snapshot.
  2. Select a location on your computer to save the file.

The media files you save from web pages may not play in your normal media player. To open these types of files:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Click Ctrl + Ocommand + O.
  3. Navigate to the folder that contains the file you want to play and click .

If you are having problems with audio or video files, see: