How can I change the visualizations in Windows Media Player?

Jonathan Mould December 30, 2010

I have a number of vj loop videos which I would like to use as visualizations in Windows Media Player. Is there a way to add visualizations? I’m using Windows 7.

  1. derrend
    January 17, 2012 at 6:19 pm


  2. derrend
    January 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    *BUMP* I would like to play avi files as visualizations too lease :)

  3. Anonymous
    January 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Visualizations are COM DLLs and follow all the normal rules of installation and removal. You can use regsvr32.exe or other installation tools to register your visualization.

    It is recommended that you install all visualizations in the Visualizations subfolder of the folder where Windows Media Player is installed.

    go to this folder "C:Program FilesWindows Media Player" and select the folder named Visualizations.

    Open the folder named Visualizations in Explorer; there you will see the dll files corresponding to the visualizations you want to remove among others you may want to conserve. Note that the visualizations built-into the player do not have dll files in this folder.

    You will need some OpenGL Knowledge and to install the Windows SDK,

    Windows Media Player 11 SDK Building a Visualization

    Plane9 is a free software that will offer the chance to take a stab at creating some visualizations on your own. The app its pretty complicated because it addresses to the real music effects addicts.
    The visualizer, including any scenes you create yourself, can be used either as a screensaver, winamp plugin or a Windows Media Player plugin
    Once you know which dll correspond to the visualization you want to remove, return to the command window and unregister the dll file with this command:

    regsvr32 /u "name of the file.dll"

    Note that the quotes are only necessary of the dll file name contains spaces.

    Now you can delete the dll file you unregistered.

    Finally, open Windows Media Player and check the if the Visualization list is now as you like it. But now... the .dll file still remains on your system, so you want to delete it.

    • Jonathan Mould
      January 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      thanks for the info, i don't want to make a visualization, i already have the videos. Effectively I want to be able to "play" a video in the background while my music playlist plays as normal. Is there a way to do this?

  4. Prakash180
    December 31, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Click this link and follow it. you will be able to change it

    • Jonathan Mould
      January 1, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      That just shows you how to change to another visualization already installed in media player. I want to add my own videos to it...

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