Monday, October 01, 2007

OT: Tech Tips: Capturing stills from a DVD

This may be old news to everyone else, but since it took me forever to figure out (with the help of this site) and others, I thought I'd post it here so I wouldn't forget it.

VISTA. If you're running Windows Vista, use your graphics software (PaintShopPro, Adobe, ArcSoft Photo Studio, etc.--there are many others), to capture the images. Start the DVD playing in Windows Media, pause it when you get something you want to capture, and then use the Capture tool in the graphics software. That'll put the picture right into the graphics software, where you can save it.

XP. If you're running XP, download and install the VLC player (free) at www.videolan.org. Start playing the movie in the VLC player, pause it when you see a good picture, press CONTROL-ALT-S, and the picture will be captured as a .png file. You'll need to open Paint or some other graphics software to convert it to a .jpg, but that just takes a second.

Updated 10-3-09: The newer version of the VLC player requires you to pause the dvd, right-click on the image, and choose Video --> Snapshot.

3 comments:

Cero said...

O this is extremely interesting. Now my question is: are we allowed to do it under the DMCA?

undine said...

As best I can understand, these fall under educational fair use principles, especially if they are used for criticism or comment.

Cero said...

Ah yes - for class! I was thinking of what some people in one of my depts. like to do - for posters and things like that!