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Your favourite TV show can become your desktop background, thanks to VLC.

One cool feature of VLC I discovered recently (out of ennui) was to project your favorite video on your desktop. Although I see not much use of this as you would rather watch the video using your player, it would be a nice change from a boring wallpaper to a video wallpaper. You can play your favorite TV show or a concert or a music video on your desktop. Who knows, it may liven your mood or increase your productivity in other work.

So, here’s how.

Step 1: Open your video in VLC player. (I’m choosing F.R.I.E.N.D.S. because that’s my favourite show. 😀 )

Step 2: Choose Tools -> Preferences

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Choose Preferences

Step 3: Choose the Video tab in the pop up secondary window. Set output as DirectX video output.

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Set Output as DirectX video output

Step 4: Click save.

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Step 5: Choose Video -> Set as Wallpaper. Or you can right click on the video screen, choose video and Set as wallpaper.

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Set Video as Wallpaper

And you have yourself your favourite video running in the desktop as your wallpaper!

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You favorite video plays on the desktop as wallpaper!

Closing the VLC player will turn off the background and bring back your previous background. Also, the controls of the video still lie in the player.

Cool isn’t?


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Updated on September 1, 2017

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