Software recommendation: video files into a screen saver

Windows 10’s built-in screensavers do not support the presentation of video files by default. If we need to use a video file as the original material for the screensaver, we can create a screensaver through third-party software, and then either install the screensaver with the video call function through the Install program, or run the generated EXE file directly to install the screensaver with the video.

1. Create a video call screensaver

First of all, we can use a small program called Video Screensaver Maker to create a screensaver and have the created screensaver directly call the video to demonstrate.

Start Video Screen Saver Maker and first give a file name to the screensaver you want to make, this name will be one of the screensaver files we can see and select through the Windows screensaver list. Click the Next Step button to go to the next step (Figure 1).

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In the next window, click the Add Video File button to add the video files used to create the screensaver. The supported video file types include AVI, MPEG, WMV and other common formats, and you can add multiple files, which can be either the same type or a mix of several files as a group, and the screensaver program will play these video files randomly (Figure 2).

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After clicking on the Create Screensaver button, you can enter a text message and an automatic link to a web address that will be generated and attached to the screen saver page for product or other promotional purposes. If you do not need this step, simply leave the two input boxes blank. Finally, click the Create Screensaver button to complete the screensaver (Figure 3).

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After the screensaver is created, the software gives the path to the generated screensaver file and a list of all the files. To install the screensaver, simply go to the given directory and run the Install.exe file (Figure 4). After that, open the Windows Control Panel and go to the screen saver settings page and you will see the MyScreensaver.scr screensaver program mentioned above. Note: The video file should also be copied together, MyScreensaver.scr has to call the video file and cannot work independently from the video file.

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Tip: If you want to backup the screensaver to a mobile device or package it for another storage, just copy the default output directory Temp_Inv folder above, or zip the folder for backup.

2. EXE screensavers that can be installed and run independently

SCR screensaver needs to be installed and run by Install.exe installer, and it cannot run separately from the video file. To create a video screensaver that can be installed and run independently, we can use InstantStorm software, which can convert the video file into an EXE installer that can run independently. This way, to use it on a different computer, you only need to share the generated EXE file.

The raw video material needs to be prepared first. In this method, the video file format is required to be FLV or SWF video format. Therefore, if the video file format at hand is not FLV or SWF format, you need to use a video conversion tool like Format Factory or SuperVideo to convert the video file to such format first (Figure 5).

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Afterwards, install and run InstantStorm’s software. After launching the InstantStorm software, the welcome screen offers three options: click the first button to create a blank project, click the middle button to create a project via wizard mode, and click the third button to open the project file. Here we click the first button to open a blank file and create a video screensaver manually (Figure 6).

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First, under the General tab, enter the title name of the screensaver. Then click the Advanced tab, click the two Open buttons to set the dialog box component and event response parameters of the screensaver respectively, and specify the icon of the screensaver in the Screensaver icon box (Figure 7).

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Next, switch to the Installer tab and click on the Open button to specify the specific parameters and options for the screen saver installer. If you want to create a shortcut to the program in the Start menu or on the desktop, also check the two checkboxes in the figure (Figure 8).

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Finally, click the Files tab to add the video files needed to create the screensaver. Then click and switch to the Publish tab and select Create screensaver installer to create the EXE screensaver installer (Figure 9).

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Tip: If you choose the Create standalone SCR file option, you will generate a standalone SCR screen saver file, which needs to be copied manually to the directory where the system screen saver is located in order to function.

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