Windows 10 and earlier versions ship with a couple of good screen savers. Many users even download cool third-party screensavers to make their desktops look cool.
While the built-in screen saver feature in Windows allows you to set photos as a screensaver, it does not allow you to set a video file as a screensaver. If you are looking for a way to set a video file as a screensaver or want to create a screen saver out of a video file, then this guide is for you.
Yes, you can either directly set a video file as a screensaver or create a screensaver from a video file of any format and then set it as the screensaver.
Following are the two ways to set a video as a screensaver in Windows 10:
1. Using Videos directly without creating a screensaver file.
2. Using a Video file as a screensaver after converting it to an exe file.
Method 1 of 2
Set video file as screensaver
This is the simplest method, as you need not convert your video file into an executable file to use it as a screensaver. In this method, we use a small application named” Video Screensaver Maker” that allows us to use a Video file as a screensaver.
To start with this method, we need to download Video Screen Saver Maker software from here. Video Screen Saver Maker plays AVI, MPEG, and WMV video files as a screensaver with random video support. That is, you can select a set of Video files to play as a screensaver.
Advantages of Video Screensaver Maker:
– Create screensavers that have your own screensaver name.
– Ability to add a link button that opens directly to your website, driving more traffic to your site.
– Created screensavers run on all Windows systems.
– Add WMV, AVI, or even MPEG video types. You can even mix all 3 types.
– Add custom audio files that play while the videos play.
Method 2 of 2
Create a screen saver from a video file
This is a long method compared to the previous method, as we create an actual screensaver. Here, the advantage is you can even distribute the video screensaver file among your friends, and the new screensaver can be used on any Windows machine without using a third-party application.
In this guide, we have to use two free utilities if you don’t have video files in FLV format. You can use a free converter, like SuperVideo, that allows you to convert any video files into FLV format. Once you have an FLV format video, download and install another application called “InstantStorm.” InstantStorm utility creates Flash-based screensavers with many advanced features. You can download it from here.
Install the downloaded InstantStorm installer file and start it up. Just input the file you want to use as Screensaver by clicking the browse button and navigating to your FLV file. It will give you an executable file, which, when opened, becomes the video screensaver of your Windows machine.