How To Take A
Still Picture From A Video File
Some users try to grab the current video frame by pressing the standard Windows "Print Screen" key . But when the image screenshot from clipboard is pasted into an image editor, the capture is a black blank screen instead of the actual video.
Reason: When the video plays, it is actually displayed on a different surface/layer called overlay that is produced by hardware acceleration. When you take a normal screen capture, you're taking it of the normal surface where the video isn't displayed. That's why it comes out black as it is invisible to the screen capture software.
Power DVD : Play the video in Power DVD. Pause the video where still
picture is ready to take. Click capture frame button from the player. Go to any
photo editing software. Paste.
Here are some common solutions to capture pictures from DVD movies currently playing with Windows Media Player Classic or other video players. It should also work for movies (wmv, mov, avi) embedded in a webpage.
1.Use another media player such as Power DVD, WinDVD or BSPlayer - it takes screenshots of the movie and stores them as jpegs images. Or you could try a video editor like VirtualDub.
Invest in a commercial
screen capture software like
Camtasia Studio or SnagIt (allows DirectX capture).
3. In WMP, at least since version 9, you can use Ctrl-I (EYE) to capture a frame, either when playing or when paused for greater accuracy. It brings up a Save Captured Image dialog which handily defaults to a jpeg. This works only if the video you are watching is using a Microsoft supported movie file.
4. Don't use Overlay
1. Open your Window Media Player and click Options on the Tools menu.
2. On the Performance tab, click on the Advanced... button.
3. Uncheck Use overlays from DVD video, click OK and restart the player.
Now you can capture images from any movies played in Windows Media Player using Print Screen (PrintScrn) key (or ALT + PrintScrn key). Once copied, the image can be pasted into Microsoft Paint (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Paint) or other image editor. If you have problems taking screenshots from a playing movie try to pause it first, then "print" the image.
5. Fix blank captures by turning off hardware acceleration. You can either disable hardware acceleration in the application that is playing the video, or disable hardware acceleration system wide.
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Using Window Movie maker: When you have a video file in your storyboard of Windows Live Movie Maker all you need to do is adjust your timeline to the point of your video that you want to capture as a still. Once that is set and you see it in your preview screen, click Snapshot in the add section in the ribbon at the top. (As seen above). After you click snapshot you can save the still picture in your Windows Live Photo Gallery. This will also put the still picture after your video in Windows Live Movie Maker.
This button was added to the 2011 Windows Live Movie Maker which can be downloaded at http://www.download.live.com/
( Courtesy: Anthony, Techspert for Holland America Digital Workshop, Powered by Microsoft )
Note: If you have Power DVD player
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