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The limitations of “print screen” - help!


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#1 immortalmint

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Posted 19 April 2005 - 08:40 PM

I want to capture a screenshot from an avi file. I’ve tried playing it in Windows Media Player, pausing the movie, and hitting “print screen.” But when I paste the image (into paint or photoshop), I get a black square where the movie shot should have been. If I leave Windows Media Player open and move my paint window over the media player window, I can see the paused image in the black square area (when the black square is aligned with where the movie is in the background).

Does anyone know why this happens? Is it a quirk of the media player to not allow what it’s playing to be print screened?

Is there a way around this? (A better way to take screenshots?)

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Posted 20 April 2005 - 07:18 AM

yeah this is normal its a protection so you can't steal shots. Kinda stupid way i know.
I haven't actually figured/tried another way because onetime i was doing it i found something really neat. if you save that picture and make it your desktop image you have the Movie Playing right on your desktop. and it uses no more Resources than Media Player itself.

Sorry I wasn't helpful in this matter.

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Posted 20 April 2005 - 10:02 AM

Open Windows Media Player.
At the top, click Tools.
Click Options.
Click the Performance tab.
At the bottom, under Video Acceleration, move the slider to None.
Click Apply.
Click OK.
Now, you should be able to take a screen shot of a video.
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