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Say, how does one do a screen capture? Preferably without spending a great deal of money on software? Granted that I'm a digital idiot and have plenty of friends who would be happy to do it for me, but a guy's gotta get with the program, sooner or later ....


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Mar. 10th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
Shift-Print Scrn. If your keyboard's anything like mine, "Print Scrn" is the next button to the right of F12, and says "SysRq" on the bottom half.
Mar. 11th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
We've got that one; it was capturing something on a video player I was talking about. Sorry, I didn't think to specify -- I'm brand new at this!
Mar. 10th, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
Now do you mean from your monitor? Then see comment above.
If you mean from a video, then it's a feature in some DVD.players, but not all of them, I think. For example Nero Software makes caps and JetAudio, too.
Mar. 11th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
That's a lead, thanks!
Mar. 10th, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
Any help?:


For a PC it's the PrtScn key on the top right of the keyboard and you can paste that anywhere you want e.g. onto the desktop to save it.
Mar. 11th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
That's a great site, I bookmarked it! Sadly, I was speaking of my PC laptop, as my aging, beloved Mac doesn't play DVD's. I forgot to specify that it was DVD's I was wanting to get screencaps from, which I take it would have changed some of the answers. :-/
Mar. 10th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)

It's a really light player that plays just about ANYTHING. Best of all, it's a simple click-click to make screencaps. Once installed and the player launched, it's under the tab Video > Snapshot. It automatically gets saved into your 'My Pictures' folder.
Mar. 11th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
Yay! To quote Emily, "That sounds like awesomeness!"
Mar. 12th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
..Not my best quote ever.
Mar. 12th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
Personally I think that's a pretty fun quote. It is beneath your normal sterling quality, though -- sounds more like something I'd say. :->
Mar. 12th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
Mar. 12th, 2008 06:14 am (UTC)
It worked! I didn't realize until I had it downloaded, but I've already got that same program on my Mac. It's what I go to play things nothing else will play!
Mar. 10th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
I don't know why people try and make this so complicated. You don't need to buy anything.

Are you on Windows?

1. Hit Print Screen key.

2. Then go to Start > Accessories > Paint.
Click Edit > Paste.

2a. File > Save As > "filename" choose .jpg or .png

If you're on Mac, I dunno. I thought Macs "just worked." ;p
Mar. 11th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
Yep, Macs do just work, pretty much in the same way, but I was talking about getting screencaps off of a DVD on my PC. Which I should have specified, but I didn't because I don't know what I'm talking about. :-)
Mar. 11th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
In that case, it's the same process but you'll need to turn off video acceleration otherwise you'll just get a black screen or some weird colors.

Open up Windows Media Player. Tools > Options > Performance? (a guess) and then you should find some sort of options for Video Acceleration there.

Than you can just take the screenshot as normal (Print Screen).

If you want to resize or crop or whatever, you'll probably want something more powerful than Paint. I'd recommend Paint.NET. You'll need .NET Framework in order to use it. Run the Paint.NET installer and it will let you know if you need to update/install .NET. I believe it will direct you to that page automatically, but if not, it's right here (close the stupid popup after clicking Download and then you'll be prompted to Save-As).
Mar. 12th, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)
Ah, I see -- thanks! If we all stop being sick long enough to think straight, we'll be able to utilize all this information!
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