How to Copy Stills From a DVD Video

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How to Copy Stills From a DVD Video
Most media players have built-in screen capture tools. (Media player vector iconset image by Aleksandr Lukin from Fotolia.com)

Sometimes there's a scene in a movie that you like so much that you want to save a picture of it so you can make it your desktop background or just keep it on your hard drive as a reminder. Thankfully, taking a still picture of a movie frame, also called a screen capture, is a very easy process that anyone with the right software can do in just seconds.

Skill level:
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Things you need

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Launch Windows Media Player and Microsoft Paint.

  2. 2

    Insert the DVD in your disk drive and begin playback in Windows Media Player.

  3. 3

    Pause the screen on the frame that you want to capture and press the "Print Screen" button on your keyboard, it is usually to the right of the F12 key.

  4. 4

    Go into Microsoft Paint and hit "Ctrl+V" on your keyboard to paste the image into Microsoft Paint.

  5. 5

    Crop only what you want in the image by selecting the "crop" tool in the toolbar. Drag the crop tool over the portion of the image that you want to keep, right click and select "crop" from the menu that appears.

  6. 6

    Go to "File" then "Save" to save your screen capture.

  1. 1

    Download and install VLC Media Player. Launch the program after installation is complete.

  2. 2

    Insert the DVD in your disk drive. Go to "Media" then "Open Disc." In the "Disc" tab select the drive with the DVD and click "Play" to begin playback of the DVD.

  3. 3

    Pause playback on the frame that you want to capture. Go to "Video" then "snapshot" to take a screen capture of the image. The capture will be saved in your "Pictures" directory. The file name will begin with "vlcsnap."

  1. 1

    Download and install Windows Media Player Classic. Launch the program after installation is complete.

  2. 2

    Insert the DVD in the disk drive. Go to "File" then "Open DVD" to begin playback of the DVD.

  3. 3

    Pause playback on the frame that you want to capture. Go to "File" and then "Save Image" to save the screen capture to the directory of your choice.

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