Making Animated Wallpapers using DreamMaker

A Guided Tour of Stardock DreamMaker

Wednesday, May 9, 2007 by Island Dog | Discussion: DeskScapes

Many people have asked how to make .Dreams, so it's obviously time for a guided tour of DreamMaker.  Dreams are animated wallpapers that run on Windows Vista Ultimate using Stardock DeskScapes.  DeskScapes is an enhancement to Windows DreamScene that adds features such as dynamic dreams, triggered dreams based on conditions such as the time of day, and much more. 

To create and use your Dreams, you will need a few things.  First, you will need Windows Vista Ultimate, and DreamScene which is available through Windows Update.  Next, you will need to download Stardock DeskScapes and DreamMaker (both free) from Dream.WinCustomize.Com.

In this first tutorial we are going to create a simple looped video Dream using DreamMaker.  The next item you will need is content.  Alex Kipman from Microsoft posted a series of tips on how to create animated wallpapers.  I would suggest giving that a good read before you start making your content.  Now your content can come from a variety of sources.  Some people render animations using 3D programs such as 3DS Max and Maya, and some record video using HD cameras, and some use applications such as Adobe After Effects.  There are many ways to create content, and that will be your decision on how you pursue that.

For this tutorial we want either a .wmv or .mpg file.  Preferably a .mpg as .wmv files can be more CPU intensive. 

Once you have your video file, start DreamMaker.



Dream Information tab

In the "Dream Information" tab you will enter the name of your Dream, along with it's description.  Then you will need to add your thumbnail image, usually a shot of what your Dream looks like.



Dream Contents tab

Moving on you should now select the "Dream Contents" tab.  You will see three options for single video file, triggered video, and dynamic content.  Selecting triggered video will bring up an option to add videos that will trigger at a certain time of day.  For this tutorial we will stick to a single video file.  Click browse and select your video file you want to use as a Dream.



Author Information tab

The Author Information tab is where we will enter our name, website, copyright info, and any other relevant information.  Once all that is entered click "Create Dream", and your Dream will be created and DreamMaker will take you to the folder it's located in.  You have completed your first Dream, not too hard was it?

Now you will want to head over to WinCustomize and upload your creation to the Dream gallery for the world to see.

Reply #1 Wednesday, May 9, 2007 3:58 PM
ID..The Helpinator !

nice, easy , helpful article... maybe when I get my head out of the provervial WB sand I might give this a shot.   
Reply #2 Wednesday, May 9, 2007 4:10 PM
Please note:
Zubaz does not want to see video of Island Dog, RomanDA, vStyler
Reply #3 Wednesday, May 9, 2007 4:42 PM
that's a awesome tut! thanks for posting it..usually i use mpegs...the 2 mpegs i mainly use are this
and some times this though i would like to make them into dreams
Reply #4 Friday, July 13, 2007 4:09 PM

But what about a simple tutorial about how to make Dynamik content.

Reply #5 Wednesday, July 25, 2007 5:35 PM
"Alex Kipman from Microsoft posted a series of tips on how to create animated wallpapers"

that page doesnt exist bro, so where do i learn how to make an existing static image to animated? pls help, thanks.
Island Dog
Reply #6 Thursday, July 26, 2007 11:22 AM

This posts has the same information.

Reply #7 Thursday, May 8, 2014 6:30 PM

the images are not showing

Reply #8 Friday, May 9, 2014 6:15 PM


the images are not showing

That's because the original post was 7 years ago.

Island Dog
Reply #9 Friday, May 23, 2014 3:33 PM
Reply #10 Friday, May 23, 2014 8:00 PM

Hmm, may give it a go, thanks I.D.

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