I’ll be the first to admit that video wallpapers are pretty extreme. I much prefer static high-definition wallpapers and I love to download them in bulk.
But there’s a compromise: using animated GIFs as wallpapers. It’s easy on smartphones, but Windows doesn’t natively support this, so we must rely on workarounds. We’ve actually covered how Rainmeter can help you set up an animated wallpaper, but it’s a tangled process and too much of a bother for average users.
Instead, use Plastuer.
Plastuer can help you set up GIFs, videos, and HTML5 webpages as your wallpaper. To use Plastuer, you just pay what you want and download the 82 MB file. There is no free trial, so purchase it with any amount you feel like and try it out. The software uses WebGL and the Open Source Chromium browser to render animation on the desktop.
Set Up Plastuer for a Wallpaper Show
Plastuer is a no-installation standalone program. Unzip the downloaded Plastuer package and click the program icon. The software supports multiple monitors. On launch, it detects the number of monitors and gives you a choice to select which monitor.
You can pick an animated GIF in many ways. Use the URL field to point it to a source for a GIF. You can also add several URLs with the Create Playlist field box. Click on the Select File option to choose a GIF file from your PC. Alternatively, choose Browse Gallery to select a GIF from the official gallery.
Select the monitor to set the wallpaper and click Save to complete the setup.
You can disable the active wallpaper anytime by clicking the Disable Wallpaper button. You might also want to get into the settings and set the behavior of the wallpaper when a full screen or a maximized application like a movie or a game is on.
By default, Plastuer automatically detects full screen and maximized applications to pause animations and conserves your RAM.
Do You Like GIF Wallpapers?
But if have a capable graphics card and adequate system memory (at least 4 GB), then GIF and video wallpapers are a nice enhancement for your desktop.
Do you like GIF wallpapers? What are your first impressions about Plastuer?