No screenshots while playing a DVD?

KingYaba

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I never knew this until yesterday but when I was playing the Simpsons DVD I wanted to take a pic of Homer. So I paused and try to take a screeny. Evidently I get the alert sound and it won't. Any reason?

EDIT: Using DVD Player App Version 4.6.5
 

WildCowboy

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If you're using DVD Player, Apple has disabled screenshots. You can work around it in Terminal...follow this advice. Or use VLC to play your DVDs.
 

brepublican

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I've never tried it while using iDVD, but I've heard its not supposed to work. If you're still trying to get Homer, fire up VLC :)

EDIT: WildCowboy beat me to it
 

KingYaba

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Yeah, I forgot VLC plays dvds. :p but I was using the DVD app (because it's set by default...) I'll have to rememer that.

Any reason behind Apple disabling screenshots while using the DVD player? Copywrite issues?
 

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KingYaba said:
Any reason behind Apple disabling screenshots while using the DVD player? Copywrite issues?
Probably...kinda silly, but they've continued doing it for a long time now. :rolleyes:
 

~Shard~

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WildCowboy said:
If you're using DVD Player, Apple has disabled screenshots. You can work around it in Terminal...follow this advice. Or use VLC to play your DVDs.
Ah yes, I must always take my screenshots in VLC then, never DVD Player... come to think of it, I never use DVD Player for anything...
 

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:eek:

I had the same problem while trying to use grab to take a photo of me skydiving. I sort of gave up and forgot about it, very happy there is a work around :cool:
 

funkychunkz

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brepublican said:
I've never tried it while using iDVD, but I've heard its not supposed to work. If you're still trying to get Homer, fire up VLC :)

EDIT: WildCowboy beat me to it
Don't try playing DVD's in iDVD, it's read support is still rather limited still.


I hate VLC with a passion, it can't play anything I have, and I can't figure out why. Why use a different media player when there is a plethora of screenshot tools available?
 

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funkychunkz said:
I hate VLC with a passion, it can't play anything I have, and I can't figure out why.
What on earth are you trying to play with it? :confused: 99% of the people here, including myself, will swear by the exact opposite - with few exceptions, VLC will play anything and everything thrown at it. AVI, MPEG, MOV, DIVX, VOB, even BIN/CUE files! The only format I know it has issues with is WMV, but QT can handle those with F4M, so between those 2 players, I haven't come across one single video file which I could not play on my Mac.