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Video Wallpaper

Desktop wallpaper is a Windows element enjoyed by any computer user and there are many types of wallpapers available. However, video wallpaper may be a new experience for you, which makes it a pretty cool thing to try.

VLC Media Player is one of the most used free media players that allow you to play nearly any kind of media file types. We are going to need this free application to get video wallpaper on our desktop.

If you do not have this tool already installed on your PC, download it here [1]. Once the download is complete, double-click the downloaded file to start installation.

Now that we have VLC installed on our PC, let us get video wallpaper on our desktop.

Open VLC Media Player. You can use the desktop shortcut (if there is one) or you can click on Start and type VLC. Select VLC from the search results. Click VLC Media Player to open it (refer to screenshot below).


In the VLC Media Player window, go to Tools, then Preferences. You can also open it by using the key combination Ctrl + P with the VLC Media Player window in focus.


3. When the Preferences window opens, choose Video from the left side (refer to screenshot below). This will help us configure our video preferences of the VLC Media Player.


Now choose “DirectX Video Output” from the Output dropdown under Display section (refer to screenshot above). Save the changes using the Save button and close the VLC Media Player.

Open VLC Media player again and go to Media then Open File… to open a file (keyboard shortcut Ctrl + O). You can also locate the video file (the one you wish to set as wallpaper) on your hard drive, right-click on it and choose VLC Media Player under Open With… menu.


Note: If you are using Aero themes, Windows will automatically switch to basic theme as the video starts. You will get a notification as shown below.


Right click within the playback window, go to Video and choose DirectX wallpaper. Or you can choose Video from the menu bar and then select DirectX wallpaper (refer to screenshot below).


You will now see the wallpaper in action.

If you wish to revert back to the normal wallpaper, just deselect the DirectX Wallpaper from the Menu by going to Video then DirectX Wallpaper. If the previous wallpaper does not revert back, change it from the Personalization menu.
Note: Refreshing the desktop removes the video wallpaper.

On a final note, I must mention that video wallpapers are definitely not something that will make your desktop more productive. However, as I said earlier, sometimes it isn’t bad to experience weird things in action.

~Soumen Halder