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Script To Use Videos As A Wallpaper For Ubuntu 11.10

I always like to have the possibility to set video files as a wallpaper and for some reason a-desk doesn’t work anymore on Ubuntu 11.10. I tried installing several times but it just won’t install the files you need to use a-desk. So i decided to make my own script…



Installing all the needed files is very easy… all you have to do is to download my script and save it in your Downloads folder, make the file executable and then run the script!!

The script will install the following needed packages: mplayer, zenity and xwinwrapcvs. When these packages are installed the downloaded xwinwrapcvs.deb file will be deleted and the script will then move the video-wallpaper-script to the nautilus script folder. After each step the used files will be deleted from your system except the video-wallpaper-script.sh located in your Downloads folder.

To use the script click with your right mouse button on your desktop and select Scripts -> video-wallpaper-script. Then browse to the location of the video file you want to use, select the video and click on the OK button and the video will be used as a wallpaper.

If you have no panels on your desktop just press the SuperKey to start a program or press Alt+Tab to select any open folder or running program. This will only happen when you click on an empty desktop. I am still working on fixing this but this is the first version of the script. When it’s fixed i will let you know how to fix it….

Please note that not all video formats can be used and you kinda have to figure out what formats work or not… Some nice and working videos you can download from dreamscene.org

Download the script for 32 bit systems
To make the file executable copy+paste the following line in a terminal window:

chmod +x Downloads/video-as-wallpaper-32b-v0.1.sh

To run the script copy+paste the following line in a terminal window:

./Downloads/video-as-wallpaper-32b-v0.1.sh


Download the script for 64 bit systems
To make the file executable copy+paste the following line in a terminal window:

chmod +x Downloads/video-as-wallpaper-64b-v0.1.sh

To run the script copy+paste the following line in a terminal window:

./Downloads/video-as-wallpaper-64b-v0.1.sh

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how do i set this app as startup app?
tnx BTW, this mean alot to me ^_^

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Hi, thanx a lot for this usable script, nothing alse seems to work (why ever…) i also modified it with this autostart option, it works perfect. but just two think i need to fix(i think its one issue)= when i close an full screen window the video lays over my screenlet, tint2 bar and cairo-dock untill i click on the area for example where the screenlet is located. also no icons are visible on the desktop, clickable but not visable…. i tried the option “-rootwin” but than the video isnt visible (maybe under the wallpaper ) it whould be cool… Read more »