How To Set A Video As A Screensaver On Mac (Sonoma, M2, M1)

Tired of using the same screensaver on the dynamic display. Worry not; unlike the stored picture or photos, as well as a slideshow of cool animation, your macOS now allows you to set a video as a screensaver on Mac

However, there is no built aspect. But instead, macOS uses a third-party app to configure video or photo as a screensaver. To make you familiar with the process, we have created a guide on how to use video as a Mac screen saver. So read it without missing the necessary steps. 

Amazing Screensaver trick for Mac Users

Every Mac user knows how to change screensaver. Simple right? But did you know how to use video clip as a screensaver on Mac? If not, read this article! To be continued after the below tips,

Tips for macOS Sonoma,

After downloading supported wallpaper types, users can set Slow Motion Screensaver as Wallpaper to Mac. Move under the Wallpaper settings > Select Wallpaper (Landscape, Cityscape, Earth, Underwater) and apply.

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add-slow-motion-screensaver-as-wallpaper-on-mac

Tips for Earlier macOS,

First Thing First Download And Install SaveHollywood

As I mentioned, there is no built-in aspect; you must install a free SaveHollywood third-party app.

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download-savehollywood-to-macos

Allow, Once the download procedure finishes.

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allow-to-save-savehollywood-on-mac

Open the dmg file of the application, and from the following pop-up, select the box next to the For This User Only and click Install Button.

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open-and-run-savehollywood-on-mac

And let it install; once the procedure gets finished, follow the steps below.

How To Use Video Clip As Mac Screensaver

Follow the steps below to use video as a screensaver on all macOS. 

For macOS Ventura And Later

1→ Select the Apple Logo. Click on System Settings…

System Settings on Mac
System Settings on Mac

2→ Search and select Screen Saver from the left sidebar. 

3→ Choose SaveHollywood from the right side.

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savehollywood-settings-on-mac

4→ Next, click Options > + Icon from the next screen. 

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add-video-to-savehollywood-screensaver-on-mac

5→ From the next screen, select either one video or multiple videos(Press Shift + Left Mouse Button). Then choose Add from the bottom right corner.

6→ Now select the size between Size To Fit Screen, Size To Fill Screen, or Actual Size. 

7→ Choose Ok. Click on Preview Button to see the result. To show screensaver with timing, enable the toggle next to Show With Clock. 

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play-video-on-display-with-preview-on-mac

Additionally, go to System Settings… > Lock Screen to see the result. Then set up the Start Screen Saver When Inactive for 1 Minute. And don’t perform the activity for 1 minute. Finally, you will see the video as a screensaver on Mac. 

For macOS Monterey And Earlier

  1. Navigate to the Apple Logo from the top left.
  2. Choose System Preferences…
  3. Select Desktop & Screen Saver.
  4. From the next screen, choose Screen Saver.
  5. In the left sidebar, scroll down and select SaveHollywood. 
  6. Click on SaveHollywood Option… from the right side of the window.
  7.  Click on the + Icon. 
  8. Select one or multiple videos(Press Shift + Left Mouse Button). Then select Add from the bottom left corner.
  9. Now select the size between Size To Fit Screen, Size To Fill Screen, or Actual Size. 
  10. Lastly, click OK.

If you want to check before implying the video to the screensaver, hover the mouse over the video and then select Preview Option. Moreover, you also get an option to customize Start Screen Saver When Inactive; we suggest setting it up for 1 minute. 

How to Uninstall SaveHollywood From Mac

Uninstallation for Screensaver is not Easy. Like app installs mac from Applications or Launchpad on Mac. Here are the steps to uninstall or Remove SaveHollywood from Mac.

1→ Go to the Apple logo from the top mac menu > System Settings.

2→ Next, Click on Screensaver from the left side of the windows > Right-click on SaveHollywood > Delete SaveHollywood.

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delete-or-uninstall-screensaver-from-mac

3→ Confirm the Move to Trash screensaver from Mac.

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move-to-trash

That’s it.

How To Use Youtube Video Clip As Mac Screensaver

If you want to set up a Youtube video as a screensaver on Mac, simply navigate to Youtube on Safari or an alternative browser. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Search for the Youtube video you want. Press Shift + Command + 5; to enable the screen recording tool. 
  2. Click Record Select Portion, and crop the portion as per your need. 
  3. Click on the Record button. 
  4. Once you capture the video, re-press the Shift + Command + 5. And click on the Stop Button. 

Records will be stored on the Mac. Now download and install SaveHollywood and follow the steps mentioned above in the How To Use Video Clip As Mac Screensaver. 

Bottom Line

Adding the SaveHollywood extension on Mac makes setting up the video as a screensaver relatively easier. Share it with your family or friends if it seems really helpful. 

How Long Do Screensaver Last On Mac?

The screen saver can last up to 30 hours on Mac, but it depends on the time frame you have set for Mac’s Display. 

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Karly Wood

Karly Wood, a Wellington-based journalist, excels in covering Apple and tech trends. With a diverse background in public safety, government, and education reporting, her insights bridge multiple disciplines, offering readers a well-rounded perspective on today's technological advancements. Contact Her Team:- jaysukh.pharma@gmail.com [OR] admin@howtoisolve.com

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