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Topic: «Video as Screensaver » on forum: Technical Support   Views: 143
 
Kustom
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Posted: 07.10.2022 20:57:57
 
 
Hi,

So I'm attempting to have a screensaver play a video on a second monitor anytime the monitor isn't in use, ie whenever a regular screensaver would kick in. I've found a couple different methods to do this in Windows, but neither of them work when I bring Actual Multiple Monitors (I'm using v8.14.17).

Is this something anyone that has successfully managed? I've currently been trying with mp4, but if it can be made to work then I'm super flexible on file type.

Thanks.
 
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Alex Fadeyev
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Posted: 12.10.2022 21:02:16
 
 
Hi,

Thank you for your request.

Currently, our products do not have a native screen saver that could play a video, try to find a 3rd party screen saver (old Microsoft Screen Saver worked good but it may be incompatible with the latest updates of Win10/11).
 
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Alex Fadeyev
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Posted: 14.10.2022 04:05:28
 
 
We checked Microsoft Screen Saver with the latest updates of Win10/11, and it worked as expected.

However, it's quite an old application so there are two disadvantages:
  • its official support had been discontinued long ago so that you can download its installation package only from free file archives (like this)

  • it may not support modern file formats (like MP4 or MKV)
Despite that, it's still reliable and neat utility that definitely worths trying.
 
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Kustom
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Posted: 14.10.2022 18:49:50
 
 
Hi Alex,

This is wonderful, thanks so much! I've no idea how this solution passed me by, I thought I was already all over every solution out there.

I'll get on this and give it a go, thanks again!
 
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Kustom
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Posted: 20.10.2022 22:04:23
 
 
Just to follow this up.

I've tried Microsoft Screensaver Video via powertoys, absolutely no joy. It won't run without WMP9 installed. WM9 will not install on Win 10.

I've attempted a more convoluted way of doing it, by using AHK to call VLC to play a video after a certain time has passed, I hit exactly the same issue in AMM

Screensaver failed to start Try another Screensaver.

It's kind of feeling like AMM just isn't going to play ball.
 
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Bogdan Polishchuk
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Posted: 13.11.2022 07:22:25
 
 
Hello, Kustom

Could you please contact me via support@actualtools.com so that we send you the working version of Microsoft Screen Saver?
 
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Kustom
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Posted: 15.11.2022 19:57:08
 
 
Done. Thank you!
 
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