How to Set a Video as Your Computer's Wallpaper Using VLC Media Player

Have you ever wanted to use a video as your computer wallpaper? With VLC Media Player you can easily do just that. In my last blog post, How to Use VLC Media Player and Make Playing Your Media a Lot Easier, I promised to walk you through how to do it. This is a feature that I find to be pretty cool but haven't needed to personally use. If you would like to check it out just follow these steps.

Set a Video as Your Desktop Wallpaper Using VLC Media Player

  1. Open VLC.
  2. Click "Tools".
  3. Click "Preferences".
  4. Click the "Video" tab.
  5. Next to "Output" choose "Direct3D9 video output" in the dropdown menu.
  6. Click "Save".
  7. From the "Media" menu play the video that you want to use as your wallpaper.
  8. Click "Video".
  9. Click "Set as Wallpaper".
  10. Minimize VLC.

If it doesn't work right try choosing "DirectX (DirectDraw) video output" in step 2 instead of "Direct3D9 video output". The video will play out till its end and then your wallpaper should go back to normal. If not or if you want to end the video before its conclusion just take the following steps.

How to Stop the Video and Change Everything Back to Normal

  1. Click "Tools".
  2. Click "Preferences".
  3. Click the "Video" tab.
  4. Next to "Output" choose "Automatic" in the dropdown menu.
  5. Click "Save".
  6. Click the "Stop" button to stop the video.

There you have it. Did you try it out? If so, let me know how it worked for you.