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10.3: Play a movie on the desktop using ExposÚ Apps
If you have Quicktime Pro, it is easy to play a movie as your desktop. Play a movie using Quicktime as fullscreen, then press F11, which shows the desktop. The fullscreen movie slides up to reveal the desktop, and than you can select the Finder. After selecting the Finder, just press F11 again, and the movie slides down and plays as the desktop, and you are free to use any application.

[robg adds: Wow. Matrix Revolutions trailer running full-screen behind a couple windows as I type this. Very impressive! Not sure it's practical, but it makes a great demo!]
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10.3: Play a movie on the desktop using ExposÚ
Authored by: reiggin on Oct 28, '03 11:53:57AM

Kudos! This is an *awesome* hint! Just made me grin and I needed to right now!



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10.3: Play a movie on the desktop using ExposÚ
Authored by: szumlins on Oct 28, '03 11:55:11AM

There is an easier way to do this...grab a copy of DeskSaver and the SaveHollywood screensaver, then you can playlist your desktop as movies.

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10.3: Play a movie on the desktop using ExposÚ
Authored by: cougar718 on Oct 28, '03 12:05:02PM

Mike,

How can you say something is easier than this hint? Seriously, this hint is great. It does not get simpler than this. Downloading is harder than performing this trick.

Rick


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10.3: Play a movie on the desktop using ExposÚ
Authored by: szumlins on Oct 28, '03 04:42:12PM

Well, in the short run I can see this being easy, but I was just informing everyone of the ability to actually playlist movies as their desktop background. All I do right now to start mine up is click DeskSaver in my dock and *boom*, random full screen movie desktop. The initial setup is longer, but the extensibility of the Save Hollywood/Desksaver method is greater.

So maybe I shouldn't have used "easier"

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10.3: Play a movie on the desktop using ExposÚ
Authored by: szumlins on Oct 28, '03 04:45:05PM

Oh, and you don't have to own QT Pro to do it my way...and you can still use your finder (open windows, see icons, etc) while the movie is running.

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10.3: Play a movie on the desktop using ExposÚ
Authored by: nvdingo on Oct 28, '03 12:59:52PM

Um, why does my F11 not work?

F11 does nothing for me.
i don't see it in the Quicktime Player help files .
Nor do i see it in any of the Quicktime Player menus.

and yes, i have Quicktime Pro.



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10.3: Play a movie on the desktop using ExposÚ
Authored by: Graff on Oct 28, '03 01:07:43PM
F11 does nothing for me.
i don't see it in the Quicktime Player help files .
Nor do i see it in any of the Quicktime Player menus.

F11 is the default ExposÚ hotkey to show you the desktop, moving everything else off to the side. I don't have 10.3 yet so I don't know where the setting can be found, but I'm sure it is in the System Preferences somewhere. Maybe you changed the default hotkey away from F11?

- Graff



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10.3: Play a movie on the desktop using ExposÚ
Authored by: nvdingo on Oct 28, '03 01:32:10PM

oddly enough, i did not change any of the Expose hotkeys, but looking at them, they are all modified.

odd.
anyway, thanks!



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10.3: Play a movie on the desktop using ExposÚ
Authored by: gilgalad on Oct 28, '03 02:32:38PM

I say: WOW!

with quictime player full screen a quick command-tab also switches from Quicktime player full screen mode to the Finder or whatever app you have running WITHOUT the F11 Expose switch

EVEN EASIER and FASTER!

amazing functionality built into Panther.



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10.3: Play a movie on the desktop using ExposÚ
Authored by: russgr1 on Oct 28, '03 02:59:14PM

Kill Bill Vol. I makes a very nice backgound as well. If I could just quit staring at Uma and get back to work...



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10.3: Play a movie on the desktop using ExposÚ
Authored by: aranor on Oct 28, '03 04:05:38PM

Erm, what's the use of this hint? In my test, cmd-tab switched applications just fine with QuickTime running fullscreen. I could switch to the Finder without using ExposÚ.



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10.2: Play a movie on the desktop using ExposÚ
Authored by: Codewarriorus on Oct 28, '03 04:55:38PM

This is not new in 10.3
It works just fine in Jaguar (10.2) too!

(I guess we just needed expose to find out about it :-)



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10.3: Play a movie on the desktop using ExposÚ
Authored by: unforeseen:X11 on Oct 28, '03 06:23:11PM

that was possible with 10.2 Jaguar, too. QT Pro playing fullscreen and pressing APPLE - TAB. ;-)



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10.3: Play a movie on the desktop using ExposÚ
Authored by: chabig on Oct 29, '03 08:48:20AM

The title is a bit misleading. You're not really playing the movie on the desktop. You're just placing a large, full-screen window behind the window in which you're working.



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10.3: Play a movie on the desktop using ExposÚ
Authored by: Chess613 on Oct 20, '04 12:43:36PM

I know I'm a year late on this, but I wanted to comment on this tip. Using Quicktime and Expose as a desktop movie player is excellent, but not as good as Monkeybreadsoftware's Desktop Movie Player (www.monkeybreadsoftware.de). Not only is it free, and drag-and-dropable, but you have access to your icons as well! It is a CPU hog, but as long as I can access my desktop folders and function just as I would wiht a regular desktop, I'm using Desktop Movie Player.

If anyone can find a solution to still accessing desktop folders while watching the movie on the desktop - and have the movie play automatically on the deskop when you start up your computer - then I'd be a very happy camper.

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