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Let's just say, hypothetically...

Let's say that someone views video files in common formats like .wmv and .avi--ones that (I hear) you download via Bittorrent.

And let's say that this person wants to capture stills from such a video file for purposes of making, oh, I don't know, a "Lost" icon within five minutes of the show being on. Windows Media, which is the default player and is also the spawn of corporate evil and greed that will eventually become Blue Sun, doesn't let you do that.

What media file player, hypothetically, would? Any suggestions?


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Mar. 31st, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC)
as far as i know, you need something like cyberlink's powerdvd or winvideo - but to capture, you need to have the full versions and they cost i think at least $40... check out the memories at cap_it this question has been asked pretty regularly but i don't remember if there was a free software out there that captures...
Mar. 31st, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
ok, i had to check for myself. there is a software called bsplayer, which is free, that you can screencap with. http://www.bsplayer.org
Apr. 1st, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
Thanks! Wow--I knew I'd get some good advice here. I've downloaded this and will test it out. Phil recommended Windows moviemaker, so I'll do a comparison.

I don't mind paying for software I'm going to use a lot, and I LOVE not using Microsoft wherever possible.
Apr. 1st, 2005 12:55 am (UTC)
I use Windows Movie Maker 2 for making screencaps. I import the vid file and then use the still camera feature to snap a "pic". The software comes with Windows XP and is free from the MicroSith, er MicroSoft site if you don't have it.
Apr. 1st, 2005 01:16 am (UTC)
Well I'll be hornswoggled--I never knew I had that. Trying it right now. Thanks! How much do I love this community?
Apr. 1st, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)
Totally off-topic: I got the chocolate today, thank you so much! And you included plenty of dark chocolate, my favorite. Yum. Almost more exciting than the chocolate, though, was the box you shipped it in. Rocket eBook!! Do you have one? I absolutely adore mine. I seriously could not survive without it. I read all of my downloaded fanfiction on it. *geeks out*
Apr. 1st, 2005 05:59 am (UTC)
OMG! What a strange coincidence! Yes, I have two of them, in fact. One I bought, and one Nuvomedia gave me as a thank-you for organizing ReBA Con 2000, an ebook conference some Rocket eBook Aficionados (get it?) put together in San Francisco. God, five years ago already. We even had a fanfic topic. Back then, fanfic was pretty underground.

I adore my ReB! It's how I began reading fanfic--finding free stuff to read drove me to it. I've switched to the much smaller Pocket PC format and uBook Reader now, but I am hooked on e-reading. So is vampirefan, by the way. I try to convert people because it is SUCH a great way to read.

Glad you liked the chocolate. Sorry it took me so long to get it sent. I'm still saving up my Angel S5, so that treat lies ahead.
Apr. 1st, 2005 05:22 am (UTC)
A week or two ago there was this meme going around where people were making screencaps of their desktops. I don't know why anyone would want to show other people what their desktop looks like, BUT it is nice that the meme went around, because it taught me Cool Tricks Of My PC.

If you press the "Print Screen" button on your keyboard, it'll copy everything on your monitor into the clipboard... then you can paste it into MS Paint or some other image editing software, and go from there for your icon-making. If you pause the video on the frame you wanna cap, it should work out well enough for iconmaking, anyway.
Apr. 1st, 2005 06:14 am (UTC)
That's a great trick, and I use it when I really need to steal a picture from some right-click-blocked website, or a Flashmedia presentation. Because I have no scruples whatsoever.

Oddly, it doesn't work with Windows Media Player. You alt + printscreen, and the resulting image is Windows Media Player's skin with a black rectangle in the middle of it. I can't even fathom how that works, but Microsoft has its ways. Its evil ways.
Apr. 1st, 2005 06:22 am (UTC)
Ah, that's incredibly annoying. I use the DivX Player to watch movies most of the time, because I couldn't get earlier versions of Windows Media Player to show them properly... it works now, but I don't particularly like the program, so I'm still using DivX. The PrintScreen trick works with the DivX player (I tried it) and the player is free at www.divx.com
Apr. 1st, 2005 08:06 am (UTC)
Thank you! Am now checking that out.
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