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Windows 7: My latest Desktop

09 Jan 2012   #1
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 
My latest Desktop

I have created this desktop. It is a loop. If anybody is interested, I will write down the instructions tomorrow. Can be done with any video.


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09 Jan 2012   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Sure, I'd like to learn how to apply a video as a background.
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09 Jan 2012   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Sure Gary, but it has to wait until tomorrow. It is way past my bedtime.
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09 Jan 2012   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

LOL, not a problem.
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09 Jan 2012   #5
netbox

Win7 Pro SP1 x64
 
 

As what i saw from the screenshot u are using VLC on this right?

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Open any Video files via VLC Media Player and from the window right-click > Video > Direct3D Desktop Mode?

I would like to see how u did it, because that's what I do to play around my peepz here at home


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09 Jan 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

@netbox, you ere right, it is done via VLC

@Gary, I had completely forgotten that I had made this little tutorial in April last year for the basic setup. But there are a few more things you have to do:

1. set your normal desktop background to a single picture - any pic from your picture files. If you have a folder with several pictures that change e.g. every 15 minutes, the picture change will knock out the video on the sceen.

2. In VLC, you have to click on this Icon (e.g. in Playlist) in order to get the loop.



3. Make a playlist of your setup and put a shortcut at a place where you can access it easily - e.g. your dock or in a toolbar. That way you can easily start the video from the shortcut when you reboot or when it gets knocked out - which happens sometimes for some reason that I have not yet determined.

I have set that shortcut to open in Admin mode (in Priorities > advanced) hoping that the VLC process gets a higher priority and that lower priority processes cannot knock it out. But I am not 100% sure whether that has the dsesired effect. Seems to do the trick by me, but that may be accidental

4. If you want to get out of it, right click on the VLC icon in the taskbar and Close VLC. In case you later want to use VLC for "normal" operation, you have to reset the Output to Default and Save it.

5. What also amazed me in the process was that a scrrenshot pasted into Paint would be animated like. It is .png format picture with 241KB. I did not know that .png could be animated like .gif .

6. You should also know that your screen will then operate in basic mode and any settings you may have made (e.g. increase the DPI) will not work. I have also noticed that the Magnifier works only in Dock mode, but that is probably not a big problem for most people.
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09 Jan 2012   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Thank you Wolfgang. I'll have to DL VLC and give this a try.
The .png you posted is a balck screen for me, no animation.
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09 Jan 2012   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Thank you Wolfgang. I'll have to DL VLC and give this a try.
The .png you posted is a balck screen for me, no animation.
Yeah, that was funny. I think I fixed it. Have a look again in my first post.

Update, it got knocked out again. I wonder what does that.
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09 Jan 2012   #9
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I don't know, maybe MS gremlins or a Vbulletin malfunction. Arc, Pooman, or John may have an answer.
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09 Jan 2012   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think the gremlins are in my system. Every time the animation gets knocked out in the ,png that is in my folder here. it also gets knocked out on the forum and in Photobucket where I have uploaded it too. You would think that the .png is self contained once it is uploaded, but that is apparently not so.

And I do not have the faintest idea why it gets knocked out on my system and what the relationship to the uploaded files is.
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