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Video on Desktop

Postby timetrick on Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:02 am

Hello everybody,

Im currently using Linux Mint 11 with fluxbox.

As im designing my desktop, i had a nice idea.

Not only show a background image, some transparent and undecorated terminals but also a video.

I currently use conky & idesk to get some information and style to my desktop.

When trying to have some video displayed, i came up with mplayer inside a terminal that is set to high transparency and use no borders,
but the problem is that the framebuffer wont work in a virtual tty.
Is there a program that could be used to display the video sequence?
If necessary it would be acceptable to instead use an animated gif (even tough i would dislike this "workaround").

FYI:
I just try to get a desktop screen comparable to some of those sci-fi movies screens...
With system stats, some small videos running in a loop etc..

Thank you for your time
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Re: Video on Desktop

Postby wyrdoak on Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:35 am

Might be one Idea. Just speed up the transition and duration times.

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Re: Video on Desktop

Postby timetrick on Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:01 am

I got it working myself...

For those interested, you need to modify the apps file and have vlc installed.

Execute this (eg in .fluxbox/startup):
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cvlc --no-audio --loop --no-overlay --video-title _YOURUNIQUETITLE_ --no-video-deco /path/to/video


And add to your .fluxbox/apps
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[app] (name=vlc) (class=Vlc) (role=vlc-video) (title=_YOURUNIQUETITLE_)
  [Head]        {1}
  [Dimensions]  {246 185}
  [Position]    (UPPERLEFT)     {296 144}
  [Deco]        {NONE}
  [Layer]       {12}
  [Hidden]      {yes}
  [Sticky]      {yes}
  [Alpha]       {255}
[end]

(modify the settings in the apps file as you desire...)

This methods even supports multiple videos, you could easily (with some math ;)) make a "video" wall.


Thank you for your time
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Re: Video on Desktop

Postby remoulder on Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:14 am

timetrick wrote:make a "video" wal

Everyone to their own, personally I couldn't think of anything more annoying than the desktop moving all the time.
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