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Set a Video as your Desktop background Wallpaper

Wanna impress your buddies? Well, I personally don't find running videos in the background as a wallpaper of any good use. Anyway its rather 'cool' stuff.

There are some good options available to do exactly this. Lets check them out.

VLC media player

VLC media player is a highly portable cross platform media player that plays almost any type of media format including DVDs, VCDs etc.
And its extremely easy to set a video as wallpaper using VLC media player.

Play the video in VLC player. Right click on VLC player and select Wallpaper.
That's it! The video will now play in your desktop background as a wallpaper.

VLC is available for Windows, Mac OS X and various other distributions of Linux.
Download VLC media player from this page

Windows DreamScene

Microsoft has released Windows DreamScene which, offcourse, enables you to set a video file as your wallpaper.
As far as I know, Windows DreamScene is a Vista feature and hence available for Windows Vista only. Windows Vista Ultimate users can download it for free.
My Digital Life has more information of this Windows feature.

Obviously, VLC media player is a much better choice as it can handle a wide range of video formats, plus you don't have to get Windows Vista to use this nice feature.

Do you use any other tools for this? Feel free to share your views..and Leave a Comment...

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, February 23, 2007


Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on March 5, 2007 at 3:34 PM  
but its not coming properly..
can u put a screenshot of the same?
Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on November 11, 2007 at 3:26 PM  
VLC option is kewl but the effect is gone when refreshed...
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Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on February 5, 2008 at 12:14 AM  
sorry but it doesn't work, my version of vlc is 0.8.6c, when i make a right-click (on the video window) i don't have the option "wallpaper"... where is it ??? or what's the version of vlc used to do that ??
@Anon - I had tried it with VLC 0.8.2
Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on July 30, 2008 at 10:47 AM  
You need to open vlc go to Preferences/video/ouput modules
check the advanced options box in the lower right corner so you can change things. Change your video output to DirectX. Then under ouput modules on the menu click directx and check enable wallpaper mode. Save the changes and you should be able to get the desktop wallpaper.
just click video then wallpaper
Comment by Anonymous sam on December 13, 2008 at 9:30 AM  
does any one know how to make it a endless loop
Comment by Anonymous McKensy on January 14, 2009 at 4:10 PM  
Have a look here:
great explanation
Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on May 6, 2009 at 3:03 PM  
i have set enable wallpaper in directx but it is grayed out and i cant select it wats wrong?
Nice Blog i like it ... Thanks for sharing... keep it up..

Desktop Wallpapers
Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on October 6, 2010 at 2:30 PM  
hi, now it become more easy with video wallpaper by vivsoft.
just have to install k-lite mega codec pack and video wallpaper 1.0.
you can get it from
you could convert ir to gif

it does work but as son as you exit the media player the wallpaper goes back to normal now i dont want that anyone know another way
Agreed. This approach works one single time only - not like persistent wallpapers at all, the next time you restart it aint there.

Worse. When you try to script it in the start menu - using a command line approach - the window shows up despite explicitly specifying 'system tray' (which one would think you'd not need a task bar AND a system tray icon AND a window. Poor programming here.