A few months ago, I bought the Babylon 5 season 3 box set (and it was good…) At one point, I tried to take a screenshot of a certain scene, by pressing “Print Screen” while pausing it in Windows Media Player. However, when I tried to paste and save the resulting image in Paint, I found that the picture disappeared after I closed and reopened it, leaving a completely black bmp.
I’m guessing that this is the side-effect of piracy prevention, but is there some way around it?
You may find that your DVD player software has a frame capture/snapshot menu option.
Yes, use a DVD Player other than WMP, and you should have a capture function.
…and I don’t think it’s so much an anti-piracy thing as an artifact of the way the application renders graphics to the screen; I think it will be because it’s drawing to a different layer, or something very much like that.
This is correct. A program called Hypersnap DX can capture the ‘overlay’ used to display the video. There may be others now, but at one time it was the only program that would do it.
As for DVD player software, some versions of PowerDVD had a screenshot feature, but it was removed for others. Not sure if this was due to pressure from the MPAA.
Get Media Player Classic.
Not only is it an excellent media player, it is completely open source and free, and has a very-easy-to-use screen capture function built in.