Normal desktop wallpaper is good, but too static. Here’s how to install or set a video wallpaper to spice up your desktop.
Desktop wallpapers are nice to look at, but can be a bit static. It’s time to put an end to all that and set a video wallpaper instead.
Several tools are available for this, each with slightly different results. But whatever your platform, be it Windows 10, macOS, Linux, or Chrome OS, you should find one that works for you.
Choose Video for Your Desktop Background
Before you start setting a video as your desktop background, you need to take a few moments to consider which video clip you want to use.
Different types of videos are suitable for different purposes. For example, if you just want to enjoy your favorite movies while working or surfing the web, just choose a video of the appropriate length.
However, if you really want an attractive desktop background, then opting for a shorter clip would be more appropriate, especially if it’s something that will stand out during playback. Video clips and GIFs can both be used.
Here are four ways to set a video wallpaper for your desktop. This option works on Windows 10, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS.
Set Video Background in Windows With PUSH Video Wallpaper
We consider that the video wallpaper app provides the best results, and is easy to use. On the downside, it’s not free (costs around $10 to buy). However, you do get a free trial.
Start by going to the site and downloading PUSH Video Wallpaper. Run the EXE file to install, then launch the app. Instantly, your desktop background will be changed while the application is running, showing demo video clips in a loop.
To change this:
- Open the PUSH Video Wallpaper item from the taskbar.
- Click symbol + to search for new clips.
- Select this to set the background.
- For short clips, use the loop tool in the controls.
Other controls include a shuffle button, the option to change the video interval, and a volume/mute button. This can prove useful for controlling audio levels when you might prefer to work. Video playlists for video wallpapers can also be created.
The result is a seamless full-screen desktop video wallpaper background, with application windows and icons in the foreground. PUSH Video Wallpaper is a great choice for setting a video as your Windows desktop background.
Set Video As Your Wallpaper With VLC
In theory, this method will work on a variety of Windows, macOS, Linux, even ChromeOS, BSD variants, and Solaris.
How to Make a Desktop Background Video Using VLC
Setting up VLC Media Player to play videos as a desktop is very easy. However, in earlier versions, you must:
- open Tools > Preferences > Videos and set the Show Settings box to All.
- Next, look for settings Output and select DirectX (DirectDraw) video output in the drop-down menu.
- Click Save, then exit VLC and browse to the video clip you want to use as a background
- Right click clip and play in VLC media player.
- While playing, right click on the player window and select Video> Set as Wallpaper. Or, click Video > Set as Wallpaper from the menu.
Once you are done with the video, maximize VLC media player, open Videos, and click DirectX Wallpaper again to uncheck. Then exit the program.
However, for the latest version of the VLC media player, just right-click the video and select Video> Set as wallpaper.
However, the VLC solution may not be for you. Even if the video goes into full-screen mode and you can still access the Windows toolbar and Start button, the desktop icons and shortcuts are gone.
It’s more of a modified full-screen mode than a desktop background.
Set Video Wallpaper Using YouTube
If the output from the VLC media player doesn’t meet your needs, there are alternatives of varying complexity.
Your best bet might be YouTube, which will again work with Windows 10, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS.
To set a YouTube video as your desktop wallpaper:
- open YouTube.com and select your video.
- Play the clip then set it to full screen.
- Alt-Tab through an open application and place it over the video.
The video then becomes the background. Note that again in this scenario, this is not the actual desktop background as there are no desktop icons and shortcuts. Press Esc to exit full screen view.
Set Windows Video Desktop Background With Desktop Live Wallpaper+
The fourth option is for Windows 10 and uses the tools available from the Windows Store. Desktop Live Wallpaper + gives you complete control over the images, GIFs and videos playing in your desktop background.
Install it using the informasi below, or by opening the Windows Store on your computer and searching for “desktop live wallpapers”.
After installing, you will find Desktop Live Wallpaper + in the menu Start, under Recently Added.
With Desktop Live Wallpaper + running, setting a video wallpaper for Windows 10 is simple:
- Click Add Photos/Videos.
- Click Pick from PC to explore where your video background is stored (this app also provides video download resources).
- Select each video, image, or GIF you want to use as a background.
- Click Apply Changes.
All videos in the folder will play alternately. Want to change this? Just click Add Photos/Videos to add more from your PC and click Apply Changes.
Use tools Settings to adjust Photo Duration and Use Transitions, and switch Video Sound and AutoStart.
If you want to stop the video background on your Windows 10 desktop:
- Navigate to the System Tray.
- Right click Desktop Live Wallpaper+.
- Click Exit.
The application will then be closed.
Take Your Desktop Theme to the Next Level
You probably know of various ways to customize your desktop, from simply changing the background image to moving the taskbar. But adding a video as a desktop background is the final stage of customization.
If you haven’t tried it yet, now is the time. You have four options:
- PUSH Video Wallpaper for Windows.
- VLC Media Player for Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS.
- YouTube for Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS.
- Desktop Live Wallpaper for Windows.
VLC is probably the best solution for this, which should come as no surprise considering how versatile it is as a media player.