How to Capture a Still Photo From a DVD

By Cameron Easey

In order to obtain a still image from a DVD, you will need to view the DVD on your computer, fast-forward to the appropriate scene, and isolate the frame you want to capture. Once you've done this, you can either use the "Print Screen" key to save a captured image of a specific frame, or capture an image directly from Windows Media Player.

Using the "Print Screen" Key

Step 1

Right-click on your desktop, and select "Properties" from the context menu. Go to the "Settings" tab, and click the "Advanced" tab. Open the "Troubleshoot" tab, and move the "Hardware Acceleration" slider to "None."

Step 2

Load the DVD from which you want to capture an image. Forward ahead to the frame you want to capture, and pause the DVD. Press the "Print Screen" key on the keyboard. This will save the screen image to the clipboard.

Step 3

Open the image editor that is installed on your system. If you do not have an image editor, you can download and install the HTML Help program from Microsoft (see Resources).

Step 4

Click the "Edit" drop-down menu, and select the "Paste" option. This will put the captured image into your image editor, so that you can view it on the screen and edit or crop it as necessary. When you're done, save the image as a .jpg file, so that you can upload it or send it via email.

Using Windows Media Player

Step 1

View the DVD in Windows Media Player. Forward ahead to the frame you want to capture, and pause the DVD.

Step 2

Open the "Tools" drop-down menu in Windows Media Player. Select "Options," and then click "Performance." Move the "Video Acceleration" slider from "Full" to "None." Click the "OK" button to save the change.

Step 3

Press "CTRL" + "I" to open the "Save As..." dialog box. Select a location on your system for the saved screen capture.

Step 4

Click the "Start" button, and then select the "Computer" option. Navigate to the location on your system where you saved the captured image. Double-click on the file to view the image.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not set "Hardware Acceleration" to "None," you will see a black box when using the "Print Screen" key to capture an image.
  • Images captured from DVDs may be subject to copyright restrictions.