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    Still from DVD?
    I have a friend who is in love with a certain kind of parrot, and we have a DVD of them in australia. She wants to create a still, and then get a tattoo of it. I can't do screenshots with DVD's. Is it possible to open a commercial DVD in Final Cut or QuickTime? Is there another way to get a still from DVD player? Thanks so much for any help.
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    Just get it on the screen and COMMAND+SHIFT+3

    Or COMMAND+SHIFT+4 and drag a box around exactly what you need.

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    Have never tried it, but my understanding is that OS X will not allow you to do a screen capture of anything on DVD Player.

    The resounding recommendation around here is always SnapzProX.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    Have never tried it, but my understanding is that OS X will not allow you to do a screen capture of anything on DVD Player.

    The resounding recommendation around here is always SnapzProX.

    so just in case DVD player will not work try VLC player

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    I'm pretty sure you can capture a screenshot of a DVD by doing a screencap. Command+shift+3/4 it is!

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    Nah the apple dvd player blocks screen capturing because of copyright and such i believe, but vlc should definatly work or any screen capture program such as jing or snapzprox or try running the dvd in vlc and it should work with the screen capture short cuts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by louishen View Post
    so just in case DVD player will not work try VLC player

    VLC does indeed work. I have used it for that many times.

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    There is a simple apple script that will let you do this in DVDplayer, I've posted it many times before.

    If you mean taking screen shots of playing video in quicktime, Command + Shift 3 or Command + Shift + 4, OR Command + Shift + 4 + Spacebar, should allow you take a picture of a quicktime window. You can't do it in DVD Player without an apple script. It's really easy though.

    Create a script with the contents of this, "screencapture -iW ~/Desktop/dvd-window.png" and save it into Library/Application Support/DVDPlayer/Scripts

    You should then be able to take screen shots of the dvd player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostshadow View Post
    There is a simple apple script that will let you do this in DVDplayer, I've posted it many times before.
    Any specific filename the script has to be saved with?

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