You might wish that you could save a still photo of a favourite movie or TV star from a DVD, or just capture a snapshot of a friend or relative from a home video DVD. Several computer software products can do just that. These programs allow you to make screen caps (short for "screen captures") that are still frames from a video such as a DVD played in a computer.
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Download the free VLC Media Player (see Resources), which provides for a variety of tasks, including capturing stills from video DVDs.
Insert your DVD into your DVD drive and open the program. Play the DVD until you reach the shot you want to capture and click "Pause." The VLC Media Player does not allow users to move forward or back frame by frame, so it may take some patience to land on the specific shot you want. Press the "Ctrl," "Alt" and "S" keys together. You don't even have to create a new folder; the program automatically saves screen caps into "My Pictures" in your "My Documents" folder in Windows.
Choose whether to save your screen cap as a JPEG or PNG.
Download the AVS program (see Resources).
Create a new folder on your computer labelled with the title of the snapshots you will be saving.
Insert the DVD into your computer's DVD drive. A menu may appear asking you which program to use: choose "Play DVD movie using AVS DVD Player." A screen will open showing the AVS logo and a control panel. The movie may start to play automatically. If not, click on the "Play" button.
Fast forward if necessary to get to the scene you want. When you see the image you would like to record, quickly click the "Pause" button. If you missed the shot you wanted, click the rewind arrow button and try again.
Click on the "Take Snapshot" button.
Choose a location for your DVD snapshot. Click on the "Preferences" button. Click on "Options" and "Choose a Location for Snapshots."
Continue through the DVD if you wish, following the same procedure to make as many snapshots as you would like.
Try a more advanced application called KMPlayer, a Korean program (see Resources). Download the KMPlayer software to your computer.
Most of the site is written in Korean, but you can experiment with the list of "Capture" options in English to figure it out. Unlike VLC Media Player, KMPlayer contains the ability to fast forward frame by frame.
Use the KMPlayer's wide variety of options for capturing both video and audio, if you wish to do more than a simple one-click capture.
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