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24 September 2006 @ 02:51 pm
Tutorial: Making Screencaps  
UPDATE (25 September 2006): I have added two more tutorials for Windows Media Player and Media Player Classic :D

In this simple tutorial, you'll learn how to make captures of your favourite videos using PowerDVD 5, Windows Media Player and Media Player Classic. If you're unsure of anything, feel free to ask! I'll try my best to assist you :)


If you don't already have PowerDVD on your computer, get it here. I'm not sure if this tutorial would work with newer/older versions. If you've tried and it works (or doesn't), do inform me, yeah? ^^;

Open PowerDVD and go to Configurations or Ctrl + C.
The configuration menu will pop up.
Go to Player Setting > Advanced...

You should see this:

You can edit your settings to your personal liking :)

After the configuration, click the Select Souce icon or Ctrl + O, then choose Open media files. (If you're using DVD, select the drive your DVD is on, for example: [D:/])

Pick the video(s) you wish to make screencaps of.

Almost there! Play your video and you're all ready to make your own caps now XD


Open WMP, go to Tools > Options > Performance > Advanced...

You're now at the Video Acceleration settings thing.
Uncheck whatever "Use overlays" that you see.

Play your video, use the good old printscreen key (Prt Scr on your keyboard)!
Paste your shots into a graphics program, crop and save :D

NOTE: I *think* there's an Ctrl + I function for WMP 9 to do captures. Can someone confirm this?


Open MPC, play your video.
Whenever you want to capture something, go to File > Save Image...

And that's it! Haha. If you want to configure shortcut keys for screencapping, go to Views > Options > Keys
Change the settings of Save Image (auto) to your liking :D My key is VK_F5 (V + K + F5) to screencap.

That is all~

Questions, problems, post here!
Current Mood: content:)
modlove on September 24th, 2006 11:25 am (UTC)
yay tute!
thanks for that tutorial! ahahha.
my darling junsu = cuteness. (((:

I've been using wmv so far... I wonder if there's a difference in quality? Or does quality depend only on the video. hmmm.
capturean on September 24th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
Re: yay tute!
It depends on the video.
musicsporty1 on September 24th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
the link is not working >< It says the page cannot be found. I guess I will try later today...thanx for the tutorial!
pandamilk on September 25th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
yup maybe you should try later because it's working for me :x
if it's still not working i guess i can try help you look for other alternative links :DD
miranda_baka on September 29th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
This is so helpful!
I've always wondered how to do this. Thanks so much!
lesedomu on July 17th, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
I’ve always wondered how to do this. Sissi minanaä said: May 12th, - pm thank you. I often asked me about this, but never searched how to do.
v_for_vincent on November 30th, 2006 11:48 am (UTC)
Nothing worked :(
Hullo there!

Came across your tutorial and it looked really awesome. Never done screencaps before so I had to have a go.

I have Windows Media 10 and run Windows XP on my PC, I also have Power DVD (don'tknow what version though), but neither of these captures an image.

I manage to capture the frame of the Media Player and Power DVD (using print screen), but it still shows the moving image of the DVD playing, even though I unticked 'overlays' (on media player).
Am I doing something wrong? Do I need to rip my DVD to the hard disk?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
tsumasaki on April 9th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
holy cow i didn't know it was that simple! thanks!
hikary22 on September 14th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
How to make screencaps from... a layout?
Wow! Thnx 4 the tutorial! Especially when there's suddenly a picture of Xiah there...! That's cute!

Ok, I just wanna know... that is if u're willing to help... how to make a screencaps or a capture of one's layout? Let's see for example I wanna make a caps of my own LJ site. I saw people do this before... like how they made a screencap of DBSK getting no.1 on Oricon Chart. So, can u pls teach me how?

Anyway, thnx 4 the tutorial! (^_^)
being_crucified on September 29th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
ahh this was soo helpful. thanks so much! <3
randhr2 on January 2nd, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
Cool! But does anyone know how to do this in Windows Vista for Windows Media Player? It has the same except the Advance option in the 1st step
music_fun on April 29th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)
thank you so much for the tutorial!
eggb4thechicken on May 17th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
*adds to mems* Thank you. :D
whataboutmonica on June 2nd, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this tutorial,I have been trying to figure this stuff out forever.
jenny_foo on June 18th, 2009 09:20 am (UTC)
My key is VK_F5 to screencap too...but where did the picture go?
lancee_ism on June 28th, 2009 07:55 am (UTC)
been trying to figure this out for a looooooong looooong time now.
THANKS A LOT!!!!! ^_^
aiba_alechan on December 10th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!