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capturing a JPG from a video that's playing

by reed256 / July 22, 2011 7:22 AM PDT

Hello CNET online tech help

I have received a DVD from a friend. It's a slide show made into a video from
many JPG files. The DVD plays as expected in Windows Media Player, on my
desktop computer running Windows XP Pro, SP 3.

I'd like to be able to pause the DVD, capture the image that's on the screen,
and save the image to my hard drive as a JPG. Does CNET offer
software/freeware that will accomplish this task?

When I pause the DVD, press PrintScreen, and paste into a blank Photoshop
document, the result is a black rectangle. I think I need to use a different

Here's a directory listing of the DVD:
Directory of E:\
07/06/2011 12:26 PM
07/06/2011 12:26 PM

Directory of

07/06/2011 12:26 PM
<DIR> .
07/06/2011 12:26 PM
<DIR> ..
07/06/2011 12:26
PM 12,288
VIDEO_TS.BUP 07/06/2011 12:26
PM 12,288
07/06/2011 12:26
PM 98,304
VIDEO_TS.VOB 07/06/2011 12:26
PM 43,008
VTS_01_0.BUP 07/06/2011 12:26
PM 43,008
07/06/2011 12:21 PM 3,538,944
VTS_01_0.VOB 07/06/2011 12:26 PM 1,073,739,776 VTS_01_1.VOB
07/06/2011 12:26 PM 289,310,720 VTS_01_2.VOB

Many thanks,


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The WMP MINI FAQ writes about this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2011 8:19 AM PDT

They write to disable video acceleration. Forgot how? Google Windows XP diasble hardware acceleration.

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so far, no luck
by reed256 / July 22, 2011 10:35 AM PDT

Hi R Proffitt

I've decreased the hardware acceleration by two notches. So far, no change. That is, when I pause the video, press Print Screen, then try to paste into a new Photoshop document, I still get a blank screen.

Are you aware of any software available through CNET so that I can pause a video, capture what's on the screen, and save it to a JPG file?

Thanks again,


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Rather than "two notches" ...
by Edward ODaniel / July 22, 2011 10:45 AM PDT
In reply to: so far, no luck

disable completely (you can later re-enable as desired.

You might also try ALT + PrintScreen and paste into MSPaint.

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No it wrote DISABLE. All the way to the bottom.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2011 11:49 AM PDT
In reply to: so far, no luck

I'd try that one more time.

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still no luck
by reed256 / July 22, 2011 1:39 PM PDT

Decreasing the hardware acceleration more than two notches gives me the following error message:

The NVIDIA Display Panel extension cannot be created.

Possible reasons include:

Disabled graphics hardware acceleration.

Then it suggests I select maximum acceleration.

Decreasing the hardware acceleration to zero prevents Windows Media Player from working at all.

Alt-Print Screen does not work to paste into Photoshop. For unknown reasons, my computer does not have MS Paint installed, and I don't know how to recover it. I have a legal CD with Windows XP Pro on it, so if you have a suggestion for recovering MS Paint, I'll be grateful.

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This is what I use!!
by gandorwig / July 22, 2011 2:13 PM PDT
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by gandorwig / July 22, 2011 2:26 PM PDT
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Sorry again!!
by gandorwig / July 22, 2011 2:37 PM PDT
In reply to: Sorry!!
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Remember all I have is what you tell.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2011 3:41 PM PDT
In reply to: still no luck
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