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The easiest way(s) to capture images from Windows Media Player

Last update: 20 Oct 2005 | 25697 views

Pressing the "Print Screen" key while playing a movie file in Windows Media Player will not allow you to save the current frame. However, you can do it without spending money on shareware image capture software. Just follow the next steps:

1. Open your Window Media Player and click Options on the Tools menu.

2. On the Performance tab, click on the Advanced... button.
 

Performance tab




3. Uncheck Use overlays from DVD video, click OK and restart the player.
 

Video Acceleration Settings





Now you can capture images from any movies played in Windows Media Player using Print Screen (PrintScrn) key (or ALT + PrintScrn key). Once copied, the image can be pasted into Microsoft Paint (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Paint) or other image editor.

Note: If you have problems taking screenshots from a playing movie try to pause it first, then "print" the image.


OTHER METHODS:

• Go back to Performance tab (see step 1, 2) and click Restore Defaults button.
 

Restore Defaults





Now, move the Video acceleration slider to None and restart the Windows Movie Player.
 

Video Acceleration slider





Don't forget to move the Video acceleration slider back to Full when you are done, because this makes videos play smoother and look better.

• Or just try the Ctrl + I combination which seems to work for many people.

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COMMENTS
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on 26 Sep 2011, written by: Rob Callaghan

My performance tab does not have an advanced button, nor a restore defaults tab. Where else can I find them?

5
on 01 Sep 2011, written by: beginnner

very good explanation, thanks



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