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I've seen an article describing how to use VLC as a live wallpaper for the desktop, however the options mentioned there only refer to Windows.

What would I need to do to achieve the same result?

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sounds interesting - never tried. Are you using KDE or Gnome. If KDE - this link looks interesting. If no, maybe something like it will work? forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=95522 –  fossfreedom Aug 25 '11 at 20:12
    
I'm using Gnome 2 –  Uri Herrera Aug 25 '11 at 20:14

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VLC does support video as background. Simply run the cvlc command:

cvlc --video-wallpaper --no-audio /your/videofile

There are other helpful options to cvlc such as aspect ratio etc. You can find them using

vlc --help

If you still want icons on your desktop you may need to take a look at xwinwrap, but it requires a little digging. There is an option to set movies as background. I dont know how to do it with VLC but it has been done with mplayer.

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Is there a way to keep the name of the video from appearing every time it plays again?. –  Uri Herrera Aug 25 '11 at 21:24
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Simply add --no-video-title-show to your command line. –  Christian Skjødt Aug 25 '11 at 21:41
    
Thanks for your help!. –  Uri Herrera Aug 25 '11 at 22:08

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