13 Replies Latest reply: Sep 15, 2010 10:41 PM by Network 23
tortadetortuga Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
How can I take screenshots of DVD Player? I'd like to convert some frames of our ultrasound video to image files to send to family. I've already been to CNet and Click didn't work and DVD Capture won't work because "Stuffit archives are not supported."

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7), iPhone 3.0
  • Murat Lahur Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)
    I would open up the video in windowed mode and pause it to my liking then press shiftcommand3

    then crop the image as needed . .
  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,860 points)
    If you can't do it in DVD Player, download free VLC Media Player, play the DVD in that, and take your screen shots. It even has a "Snapshot" command.

    Apple DVD Player is known to block Mac OS X screen capture from taking screen shots of DVDs, but it's thought that it was so that people wouldn't screen capture Hollywood movies. I didn't think they would block someone's home video DVD. That's weird.
  • tortadetortuga Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Er, is windowed mode something special I need to setup? All the keyboard shortcuts for screen caps are disabled while dvd player is running.

    Network 23, I'm downloading the VLC player now (slow connection) and hope that will solve it. I really appreciate your help.
  • tortadetortuga Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sigh. VLC player lets me take screenshots but in playback it squishes the video ratio so our little boy is compressed by about a third. I can make it go fullscreen but the actual image stays squished. Weird. I guess I should take my questions over to VLC now, but I'd like to leave this up and unsolved in the hopes of a magic bullet solution (yeah right). I really appreciate the help though.
  • Murat Lahur Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)
    how about in pause ??
  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,860 points)
    tortadetortuga wrote:
    Sigh. VLC player lets me take screenshots but in playback it squishes the video ratio so our little boy is compressed by about a third.


    As a workaround you can use a graphics app to scale the frame non-uniformly. I know that's lame but I don't know why it's happening!
  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,500 points)
    Open the video in Quicktime, pause, take screenshot.
  • tortadetortuga Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Nope. It won't even let me take screen shots of a website if I have DVD Player running in the background.
  • tortadetortuga Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks again for all your help! I have no idea why it screwed up the aspect ratio and in my frustration pulling down toolbars I completely missed the "aspect ratio" menu when I first replied but in another poke around I found it and guessing at a 4:3, that fixed it. It resets every time I restart, but that fixes it and I can take screen shots; and YOU have made prospective Grandfather a very happy guy, he's been waiting for these pics!
  • g4s Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
    I just tried this. Put in the DVD. Close DVD player if it automatically opens. Play the video with VLC. Go full screen. Pause when you get to your scene. Then hit Command-Shift-4, drag the cursor diagonally to mark the image you want. Let go, it will be on your desktop. Quality looks pretty decent.
  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,860 points)
    CMCSK wrote:
    Open the video in Quicktime, pause, take screenshot.


    People, once again, if you are playing a DVD through Apple software, Apple won't let you take a screen shot. It doesn't matter whether you play it from DVD Player, QuickTime, or iTunes, you can't do it unless you use software that completely bypasses QuickTime, like VLC.
  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,500 points)
    I take screen shots from Quicktime on pause all the time. Here are 2 examples - !http://i51.tinypic.com/2edtnk4.png! !http://i52.tinypic.com/5k11ee.png!
  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,860 points)
    CMCSK wrote:
    I take screen shots from Quicktime on pause all the time. Here are 2 examples


    Which DVD is that from?