VideoGhost allows you to watch online videos in the background

Now you can work and play with a customizable transparent browser from VideoGhost.

Have you ever wanted to watch the latest movie trailers and music videos or stream shows in the background while you work? Now you can with a little homegrown program called VideoGhost from Greedy Glutton Software.

How does it work?
VideoGhost can be installed on your computer or run as a standalone product. After launching, you will see that it is a third-party browser with a controllable opacity setting and options to stay fixed on your desktop. The process is relatively simple with these hot keys:

  • Remember to hit Set! (Credit: Screenshot by Tuong Nguyen/CNET)
    Set URL to the video you want. (Alt+Up)
  • Resize to desired resolution and hit Play.
  • Move transparency slider and hit the set button to lock. (Alt+Right)
    Change options from the taskbar. (Credit: Screenshot by Tuong Nguyen/CNET)
  • Go do your work while video plays in the background.
  • You can unlock and send to the background by hitting Alt+Down.

You can also change these settings from the taskbar icon, but the keyboard shortcuts are much quicker. This enables you to set the browser to stream, turn down the opacity, lock, and continue working while the video is playing. By locking, you can click through and work normally without needing to worry about disturbing the player.

VideoGhost is ideal for when you absolutely have to catch up on the entire collection of "How I Met Your Mother" on Netflix while writing that term paper.

Side-by-side comparison (Credit: Screenshot by Tuong Nguyen/CNET)

The convenience of VideoGhost is great for anyone using a single monitor, as it maximizes your screen real estate. There is a lot of potential for VideoGhost, and I'm barely scratching the surface of all it can do. Since it is a Web browser, you don't necessarily have to be viewing a video. It works with most popular stream sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Netflix, and even CNET TV. No Hulu, unfortunately. The downside is that full-screen mode doesn't seem to work quite yet. Netflix works particularly well since the video autoresizes to your window size making it the only player to let you view in full screen.

VideoGhost is free to use but if you really like it, head on over to Greedy Glutton Software and throw some money at the developer for this awesome idea.

It may help improve your productivity or damage it irreparably; we take no responsibility. How would you use VideoGhost?

About Tuong Nguyen

Raised in the Bay Area but educated on the sandy beaches of San Diego, Tuong writes for specializing in Windows Security and Mobile Apps.