How To: Use Videos as Screensavers using Microsoft Video Screensaver
Screensavers are a great way of protecting your screen whilst at the same time expressing your creativity and personal interests. The built in Windows screensavers are pretty limited, however: everyone knows the standard pipe and bubble effects. How about if you could use your favourite video clips as screensavers?
With Microsoft Video Screensaver, you can. Simply download and install this official Windows plug in and you can select your favourite video clips stored on your computer to start playing automatically when the screensaver kicks in.
If you are using Windows XP, access the download page for Microsoft Video Screensaver. Windows Vista and Windows 7 owners, skip to the Tips section.
Select the language for the installer and click Continue to download the file VideoScreensaver.msi. Run the file. Windows will then check the authenticity of your XP installation.
Once the Genuine Windows test is over (and passed, naturally) the installation proceeds and completes without any further interaction on your part. Right-click the desktop once the installation is completed, and choose Display Properties.
Select the Screen Saver tab. In the Screen Saver dropdown list, choose Video Screen Saver, then click Settings.
Click Browser and select the folder containing the video clips you would like to use in your video screensaver. If you have a dedicated video clip folder, the screensaver will play all of the videos in the folder sequentially. If you don't have a dedicated video clip folder, why not create one?
Click OK to close the settings window. You can now click Preview to see how your video screensaver looks.
Tips & Advice
- Remember to remove any videos of a personal nature from the folder that you specify as your video screensaver source folder, if you have any. Otherwise these will start playing when you are away from your desk, which could be embarrassing in an office environment.
- Windows Vista owners can easily create video screensavers using the built in Dreamscene feature. Simply access the Screensaver functionality in the Control Panel.
- Dreamscene is disabled in Windows 7, but this article explains one possible method of re-activating it.