If you would like to turn a frame from one of your favourite DVDs into a printed picture, you must first capture the frame from the DVD video and store it as an image file on your computer. Though capturing a still image from a moving picture may seem like a complicated task, the simple tool that you need to capture the image is a built-in feature of both Windows and Mac computers. Once you capture the image, you can print it as you would print any standard image file on your computer.
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Things you need
- Media player with DVD capabilities
- Photo-editing application
- Photo-printing program
Insert the DVD into the DVD drive of your computer and wait for the DVD to launch in the computer's default media player with DVD capabilities. If the DVD does not automatically open, go to "Start" and "Computer," right-click the DVD in the drive list and choose "Open With." Then, select any of the program options provided to open the DVD in that program.
Click the "Play" button in the media player if the DVD does not automatically begin playing. Use the slider beneath the screen in the media player to move forward in the video to get to the frame that you want to print as a picture. When you get to the correct frame, press "Shift+Prt Sc" on a Windows computer -- or "Command+Shift+3" on a Mac -- to take a screen shot of the computer screen.
Launch a photo-editing application, like Microsoft Paint or Photoshop, on your computer. Open a new project in the application. Then, go to the "Edit" menu and select the "Paste" option to paste the screen shot you took in the new project window.
Click on the "Crop" tool in the photo-editing application. Click on the screen shot image at one corner of the video screen and hold down the mouse button to drag a rectangle around the DVD image on the screen. Click the "Crop" tool again and click on the "Crop" button to confirm the selection.
Go to "File" and select "Save As." Choose a standard picture file format, such as JPEG or GIF, from the menu provided next to "Save as type." Select the folder where you want to save the file, enter a file name and press the "Save" button.
Open the folder that contains the picture file you saved on a Windows system and click the "Print Pictures" link in the left pane to open the printing wizard. On a Mac, launch the printing program iDVD from the docking bar.
Select the photo that you created from the DVD video when prompted in the "Print Pictures" wizard or in iDVD. Follow the on-screen directions to create a picture layout, and then click "Finish" or "Print" to begin printing the picture from the DVD video. Make sure you have your photo paper in the printer in place of standard computer paper.
Tips and warnings
- Media players with DVD capabilities include Windows Media Player, Advanced DVD Player and the VLC Media Player.
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