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Problems when using screenshot for desktop

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by Aunukia, Jan 21, 2007.

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  1. Aunukia

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    I took a screenshot of a paused dvd on my computer and set it as my background. It acts all funny though. It's saved as a bitmap image but doesn't behave as one. I can't scroll it in paint, for one thing. And when I set it as my background hideous shadows pop up behind all my icons and icon text. This doesn't happen with any other bitmap or jpeg or any other image I have EVER used. This is the first time I've done this, why is this happening? I also just tried to take another screenshot of a different frame and it automatically replaced both the previous image in the saved bitmap file and on my desktop. Ok, now I realize that it's only using whatever frame I've got paused while the dvd's playing. When I stop the dvd completely the saved file goes black. PLEASE NEED HELP!
     
  2. lister

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    You're actually capturing the overlay colour used by the media player for hardware acceleration.

    Most DVD playing software have inbuilt capture facilities that can bypass this without disabling hardware acceleration - what software are you using for playback?
     
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    Dell Media Experience? I think, actually I have that and something called "Power DVD"? on my computer that both came with it. (Dell, of course) They both play exactly the same though. So what do I do to take an actual snapshot that I can keep?
     
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    Use the capture button in PowerDVD.
    You can specify a directory and other settings to save to in the settings.

    ps: it won't capture the whole of your screen, just the movie frame - which is what I imagine you want.
     
  5. Aunukia

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    There is no "capture" button. :mad: Like I said, Dell's Media Experience is on here too, and I think it just kind of "hijacks" the power DVD program and gives me way less options. I've used Power DVD on other non-Dell computers and it didn't look like this. When I use the Power DVD app. on this crazy-*** Dell though it changes everything. It uses obviously Dell-specific graphics and buttons, etc. after that. Now what?
     
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    Well, disabling hardware acceleration would be a way to go - though for DVD, rather than media files, i've heard that this may not work.

    I gave up on PowerDVD (the prog just gets worse as the versions get higher) ages ago.

    For a free alternative to play (& capture) DVD I use VLC media player. CTRL+ALT+S takes a snapshot (capture) and saves it to the specified directory (Preferences -> Video).
     
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