Play and Pause Video in JavaScript

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Playing and pausing HTML videos in JavaScript is fairly straightforward.

Consider the following example video element, with an ID of video:

<video id="video" width="300">
    <source src="example.mp4" type="video/mp4">

To play or pause a video programmatically, you’ll first need to select the video you want to manipulate from the DOM. In this example, we’ll grab the video with an ID of video:

const video = document.getElementById(`video`);

Once we have our video selected, we can use the built-in play method to play it:;

Similarly, we can use the built-in pause method to pause it:


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Working with videos in JavaScript can be quite simple - don’t overcomplicate it!