Playing video (w. sound) as screensaver

Questions about codecs, DVD playback, web plugins...
Forum rules
Before you post please read how to get help

Playing video (w. sound) as screensaver

Postby MatsL on Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:08 am

I've been banging my head for while looking for a way to play a video file as a screensaver, preferably through mplayer or through some other accelerated media player.
I've set up xscreensaver to start mplayer but I get a black screen with some text in yellow with the last row stating:
Terminal type 'unknown' is not defined.

I've also tried xwinwrap but it doesn't work either.

I did some googling and found something about vroot.h and patching the source but I was not able to find a patch matching the current version of mplayer. If it's not possible to fix easily in mplayer other suggestions of ways of playing videos with sound as a screensaver would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
Level 1
Level 1
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:00 am

Linux Mint is funded by ads and donations.

Re: Playing video (w. sound) as screensaver

Postby optimize me on Tue Sep 22, 2009 3:43 pm

I don't see any reason you couldn't rename the file for xscreensaver located in /usr/bin and replace it with a bash script that calls up VLC (or your media player of choice) in fullscreen mode and plays a selection of videos.

Keep in mind you'd probably have to use CTRL-Q to exit it, as moving the mouse or hitting keys wouldn't have the same effect on a media player as a screensaver.
AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.8GHz 8GB DDR3 RAM ATI Radeon HD6970
User avatar
optimize me
Level 5
Level 5
Posts: 639
Joined: Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:25 pm

Return to Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests