How do I Make a TV Screen Shot?

By Wilhelm Schnotz

Television images have a way of working their way into our souls, so much that many people identify strongly with their favorite programs. Grabbing a screen shot from a television broadcast for personal use requires hardware and software manipulations in order to receive images or a television signal on a computer. First, you need to bring an image from your television to your computer using one of several methods, then you'll need to make a screen shot of that image.

Getting TV Signal or Image to a Computer

Step 1

Install a television card to your computer to receive broadcasts and cable directly.

Step 2

Record a television broadcast to a DVD-R using your television's recording hardware. Play this DVD-R in your computer's DVD player to capture the screen shot.

Step 3

Apply hardware applications such as Slingbox or Satellite Direct to transfer television signals to digital signal your computer is able to process.

Making the Screenshot

Step 1

Pause the playback of the television show at the point where you wish to make the screen shot. If you're unable to pause playback, as with live television, use CRTL+ALT+PrntScrn to snap a screen shot of your entire screen. Skip to Step 3.

Step 2

Using Windows' Snipper Tool, highlight the area you want to include in the screen shot, and make a clipping.

Step 3

In your image editing software, open a new image and paste the screen capture or clip into it. Crop the image as necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • Television programs are protected by copyright, so unauthorized reproduction of stills from broadcasts violates copyright law.