DVD Screenshots

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mr. DG, May 21, 2006.

  1. Mr. DG macrumors regular

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    Hi, how do i grab a full screen shot from a DVD? apple-option-3 doesnt work, says it cant be done during dvd playback. PowerDVD has this function on Windows, am i missing an option somewhere?
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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  3. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, I liked that about Power DVD and also use VLC and have screen grabbed a few images.

    You'll be surprised though what it does work on. By chance I was trying to do a grab of the face of someone from YouTube, (request on here somewhere), and even though I didn't get the right frame, it took it. When I have tried that in Windows, it merely gives you a blank box where the video would have been.
     
  4. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    That's because Windows still uses video overlay, which is an old method by which the window drawing system paints a certain color into an area and then tells the video card "fill this area with the video" and passes the video off directly to the video card. When you take a screenshot of that, you just get a shot of the color fill. OS X's more modern windowing system doesn't do this, thus, screenshot ability.
     
  5. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, that's right. I knew there was a reason, but couldn't have told you what it was. Does anyone know if this method is changing with Windows Blista, or are they sticking with an outdated method?

    Edit: Forgot to ask earlier why you are trying cmd-option-3, try using cmd-shift-3. Still won't work whilst using Apple DVD Player, but you may be able to get more luck elsewhere.
     
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  7. Mr. DG thread starter macrumors regular

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    thx for the replies. I did originally mean apple-shift-3. The key shortcuts look so complicated written down i think, plus it doesnt help that there's 2 names for some of the keys (apple = that funny taiwanese symbol), (alt = option). i tend to just remember where my fingers go visually.

    I was hoping i wouldnt have to download another app, but VLC is pretty useful.
     

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