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    Screenshots from WMP

    A teacher wants to take a screenshot from a piece of film she's playing in Windows Media Player.
    Straight away I suggested to pause the film, hit Print Screen, paste into Paint, save as JPG.

    Weirdly, when pasted into Paint, the video itself isn't there. Just the shot of Windows media player as an outline.
    Even weirder, if I switch back to WMP and play the video again, it plays in Paint, too!

    How can I get the shot of the video?
    I can do it with Premier Elements but I need something simple for a teacher.

    Thanks.

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    Wink

    If its not a big file you could always import it into windows movie maker and capture a screenshot using the "take picture icon" from withing that and save it as a jpg.


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    It's playing as an overlay so you won't be able to print screen it in the normal way. You need to get wmp to do it (if it can, most dvd playing software will have a screen shot button for example).

    You may be able to cripple the playback so it's not an overlay in the options but I don't really use media player for much.

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    Actually, the easiest way of doing this is to use a digital camera.

    Pause the video, take the shot, use Picture Manager of whatever to crop the monitor off the picture

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    Use windows media player classic

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    another shout for vlc here.

    the snapshot ability is great.

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    I'd also suggest VLC

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    VLC

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    The suggestion in your link about turning off the overlay in Windows Media Player was, by far, the easier option for the staff member.

    Thanks very much for everyone's suggestions.

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    If you just need a couple of screen shots from any media player thats running.

    go to advanced properties of your display and select the troubleshooting tab.
    Turn hardware acceleration off or down as far as it will go before the video turns black.. now you can use print screen key and paste in to mspaint no probs.

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    Within Media Player (I'm using version 11) go to Tools > Options > Performance > Advanced. Untick "Use overlays".

    Close Media Player, then re-open it. Press the Print Screen button, then paste into Word (for example).



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