Video screensavers: How to make them on your Mac

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Video screensavers: How to make them on your Mac: Tired of your boring old screensaver? Want something that inspires you and others to try harder and be better? Perhaps you just want a screensaver that reminds you of your priorities and family. Whatever the reason, video screensavers on mac are seriously cool – and they make a statement about you. Macs are also designed to go dark when not in use – and can also look very boring. Creating your own screensaver is fun and inventive – and it’s also better then leaving your screen open with lots of documents on display – especially if they contain sensitive information. So, without further ado, read on for out step by step guide to creating your own video screensaver to personalise your Mac.

#1 Select your Mac video file

This can be in any format that plays in iTunes – a rule of thumb is MP4 format. If you have an MKV format, the video will first have to be converted before it can be uploaded as a screensaver. If you want a slide show, create one in iMovies from your gallery selection. You can use the tools in Mac iMovies to crop, pan, add transitions, effects and more for your finished screensaver. If you want to use a clip from a film you love, you can play it on your drive and use the Mac screen recorder to save the clip as an mp4 file. Your clip will be on a loop and shouldn’t be more then a few minutes in length. It’s a screensaver after all and should not be taking up too much room on your hard drive.

#2 workable Mac video formats

To prevent piracy, Mac won’t allow you to screen record from iTunes or a DVD. You’ll be frustrated to discover a grey screen if you attempt this. Equally, Mojave will distort the images automatically. In theory, VLC and QuickTime can be used to play and then screen-record the video so it can be saved to your Mac.  Another way is to upload a video to YouTube, and you can set the privacy setting to private so no-one sees it (if you like). Then play it on full screen and record it.

#3 don’t use audio for your mac screensaver

It’s unwise to add audio, because as a screensaver that automatically turns on when you leave your desktop, you won’t want volume blaring out. This could cause disruptions among your colleagues if you disappear off for lunch and they have no way of turning it off. Be sensible and go without sound. There is a setting that allows you to turn off the screensaver volume – see the below image.


#4 Save your Mac video screensaver file in an obvious place

Once the video is completed, you need to upload it to the screensaver preferences so you Mac offers it as a choice in your settings. We really love a free Mac app called SaveHollywood. It provides you with a desktop and screensaver pane. Once installed, click on the pane and select the settings and videos you have created for your screen saver. See the below image for details. You can also drag and drop your videos directly into the pane. So very easy! Once selected, you simply use the slider-style settings to adjust the time of your screensaver loop. Eventually, you will want the screen to go black because this saves energy and we all need to do more of that.



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