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    Jul 20, 2013
    Question Possible to set the Desktop background change interval to less than 5 seconds?
    What I'm aiming at doing is setting the interval to maybe .3 - .5 seconds, then opening a gif in Preview and taking each frame, creating a folder, putting the frames in there, and then hooking it up to my Desktop pictures with a change interval of .3 - .5 seconds, therefore having a gif as my background. Is this possible with maybe a Terminal prompt or something?

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    Oct 16, 2010
    Switzerland & UK
    2010 Macbook - OS X 10.9 - iPhone 4s - iPod - iPad

    Not from system preferances that I know of, but possibley via a script.

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    Jul 17, 2009
    27" i7 iMac, 24" iMac, 13" Macbook Air, iPhone 5 & 5S, iPod Nano 7th Gen, iPad 2 16GB WiFi, iPad 3
    A very resource intensive thing that's going to slow down your computer for no reason.

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    Jul 30, 2009
    Mac Mini Core 2 Duo
    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    A very resource intensive thing that's going to slow down your computer for no reason.
    Well, for no practical or useful reason...

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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    Except that the next thread will be asking why the machine is running so slow and wanting to know if there is a virus on it.
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
    In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

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    May 20, 2008
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    It certainly is amazing how many Macintosh computer issues are blamed on the infamous "Gotta be a Virus" category! Which couldn't be any further from the truth.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    Wrong approach.

    1. Assemble a folder of images.
    2. Open QuickTime 7 Pro (if you don't have this, you can still get it, it costs $30 if I remember correctly)
    3. Set the image sequence timing, point to folder, voila a QT movie.
    4. Download one of the dozens and dozens of programs that offer to run a QT movie as your wallpaper.

    If for some reason you can't run QT7 Pro, there are a number of apps in the Mac App Store that can assembled a series of images for you (look for "stop motion" as a search term). Then as mentioned above just toss the completed movie into a "movie wallpaper" app and that's all you need.

    As mentioned above, you will probably be pretty unhappy with the results. Because of the very high resolution of your Mac's screen, making a movie that will fill it will be a very large one. Running it continuously will tax your processors and your fans pretty hard. You can get an idea of this by simply running any "movie wallpaper" type app with a sample movie (I have one that puts a fireplace on my screens for wintertime). As you'll see, even images optimized for this purpose will tax your machine in the same way watching an HD movie will (because that is exactly what you are doing).

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