The video above demonstrates four new videos that Microsoft just posted for use with the Windows Vista DreamScene preview that they made available in the middle of February. If you’re a Vista Ultimate user you can play around with DreamScene and the new videos by performing a Windows Update. After you’ve got it installed you’ll be able to start using videos as your desktop background much the same way as you would use a wallpaper.

The four new videos in the demo above are:

  • A field of thistle, with a bee gathering pollen (10 seconds long)
  • A streetlamp reflected in a puddle, with softly falling rain (8 seconds long)
  • The rushing water of a forest stream (12 seconds long)
  • Orange wisps flowing in a computer-generated scene (14 seconds long)

You can actually use any video with DreamScene, even home movies, but they work best if they loop smoothly from the end to the beginning. I was shocked to see that last video that they provided with the “orange wisps” because that looks like something that would only be tolerable if you had a few too many drinks. Maybe it’s just me, but my eyes surely wouldn’t like to see that when I’m looking at the icons on my desktop.

So if you’re using Windows Vista Ultimate you can check out the latest DreamScenes, and there are also some more great videos available from WinCustomize if you decide you don’t like those.