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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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
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.