Although billed as a ‘no-frills’ audio and video player, MixingDeck is actually much more powerful than that and in use we’ve found it to be one of the most versatile media stacks around.

Styled with Twitter Bootstrap, MixingDeck is a clean, sleek player with the ability to add music tracks or video clips to create a playlist which sits underneath a cover image – you can set this image individually for each item in the playlist or simply use the same one if, for example, it’s to promote an entire album or a sequence of related videos.

Setting up the stack requires a bit of HTML but don’t let that put you off. The markup is extremely simple and you’ll be able to copy and paste the example entries and then replace the details with your own quickly enough. You can’t drag and drop media items into MixingDeck – they need to be stored on your webserver – so you will need to understand how paths work so that you can ‘point’ to each music or video file correctly, but a quick Google search for ‘file paths’ will sort you out.

MixingDeck allows you to play back MP3 and Ogg audio files as well as MP4 and WebM video, which means it plays well with all modern web browsers. There’s some control over colours for the player itself and you can set the aspect ratio of the cover image to accomodate different formats – for example widescreen. MixingDeck is also responsive and works very well in small spaces like the sidebar. Finally, if you only have single track or video clip, you can turn the playlist feature off and the stack will only display the cover image and play controls.

MixingDeck is a brilliant little stack, more powerful than it looks and completely free. As with other free Stacks4Stacks stacks, you’re invited to contribute if you find it particularly useful.

It is, and you should.

Rob Beattie

Rob Beattie is a freelance copywriter who designs sites using Rapidweaver. He's been reviewing computer hardware, software and web services since 1981. Yes...that long. And he's also the author of 101 Things to Do in a Shed , Fishing: A Very Peculiar History , and The Bluffer's Guide to Fishing

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