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Windows Vista Free Video to Screen Saver Converter, Convert WMV, AVI, MP4 to Vista Screensavers

I had some of the Microsoft Vista Dream Scenes that I wanted to convert to screen savers but I couldn’t figure out a good way to do this in Windows Vista without installing a third party application. I went through a lot of shareware applications that were trying to suck me in to spend money and finally found Video2ScreenSaver which was completely free and works perfect. Below I describe where to download Video2ScreenSaver and how to use it.

First off I was able to get videos working in Windows Vista Ultimate by creating a folder, adding the video I wanted to show as a screen saver, and then pointing the Photos screen saver to that folder. If you decide to do this then make sure to select “Pan and Zoom” under “Use this Theme”. The issue with doing this though is the transition to restart the movie. It fades out for a second and then back to the start of the movie. I wanted a way for the video to loop without knowing it was repeating and that is what I accomplished using the method below.

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Download Flash Movies, .FLV, from Any Web Site Using FireFox

Downloading Flash movies from any web site is easy using FireFox with the FlashGot plugin. Once installed you will be able to download any Flash movie with ease and then once downloaded use any number of applications to convert to whatever format you want. To accomplish downloading a Flash movie and converting to .mp4 format follow the directions below.

  1. Install FlashGot Add-On: First open FireFox and visit this URLfor the FlashGot add-on. Click the “Add To FireFox” green button located in the middle of the page. A new window will open that ticks away a couple of seconds and then allows you to click an “Install Now” button. Click that button at which time you will be required to “Restart FireFox”.