How to make video screensavers

How to make video screensavers

Last updated on June 27, 2013 by

I would like to know how to use a video as a wallpaper or screensaver? It will be more fun to look at a video than an image when I open my computer and when it goes to screensaver mode. Anyone know how to allow my desktop wallpaper to be dynamic. Thanks in advance.

How to make video wallpaper

Before, you can only use a single image for your screensaver or wallpaper. Then, slideshows were also used giving users another option if they are getting bored of looking at a static image on their desktop or when it goes to screensaver mode. With the advancement of technology, you can now make video screensavers and wallpapers on your computer to make it more enjoyable and pleasing to the eyes. Below are some of the methods that you can use to make this happen.

a. VLC

VLC is an open source and portable media player that you can use on any operating system and devices. It supports several audio and video formats making it a good application to play your videos, as well as audio files. You can use this to set video as a wallpaper on your computer.

The steps on how to make video wallpaper using VLC are simple and easy to follow. Open VLC and click the preferences tab. Click Video, choose DirectX video output next to output and click save. Open VLC and play the video that you wish to make as a wallpaper. Click the video tab and choose DirectX wallpaper. Minimize VLC and you should see the video playing as your wallpaper. However, this will disappear when you close the VLC media player.

b. DreamScene Video Wallpaper

DreamScene was only released for Windows Vista Ultimate Edition. However, DreamScene Activator can also be downloaded by users running other Windows operating system in order to use DreamScene on their computers. After downloading the program, run the .exe file and a small window should appear. Click enable Dreamscene and you can start using this small and simple but efficient tool. Right click on the video that you wish to use as a wallpaper and click set as desktop background. Almost all video formats supported by Windows Media Player are supported by DreamScene like WMV, MPEG and AVI.

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c. iScreensaver Designer

The two methods provided above can be used to make videos as wallpaper on your computer. However, those will disappear when you close the software programs. If you want to make your videos as screensaver, you can use iScreensaver Designer. This is compatible with both Windows and Mac.

When you first use the program, the wizard will guide you on how to make screensaver from video. Once you completed the tutorial, you can start using the video you created as your screensaver. Change the screensaver on your computer as you normally do and choose the file name of your created file. There are several advantages that you can get from using this program. First, it is a cross platform tool so the screensavers you create are compatible on both Windows and Mac. You don’t have to make video screensaver Mac separately as you can use the one that you created for Windows. It also allows creation of installer for the screensaver so you can share it to your friends. It supports drag and drop so you can conveniently add the videos, as well as images and audio files that you would like to use on your screensaver.


Using videos as wallpapers and screensavers on computers improves your computer experience. If you want to temporarily use a video as a wallpaper, you can use VLC for this as it will be removed the moment you close the player. If you want to set a video as your wallpaper until you decide to change so, DreamScene is a good option. However, if you are looking for a powerful tool to create videos as screensavers, then go for the third option.

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