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  • Question

  • I have a user that requires the ability to take a screen capture from a video in WMP11.  Hitting the print screen button and pasting into Paint just produces a black box.... doing the obvious Google searches on this problem yeilds many responses of turning Hardware Acceleration down to None or turning off the Overlay option.  The problem with this is that doing so produces a black screen during video playback.  The reason for this, I think, is that the workstations we have don't have any on board graphics processing and need a dedicated card before you can even hook them up to a monitor.

    So does anyone know of another way around this?  I'm trying to avoid using a different player (MPC or VLC) due to software restrictions on our network and it would have to be "tested and approved" blah blah blah... too much hassle just for one user!

    Thanks for any suggestions!

    Monday, January 21, 2013 9:58 AM

Answers

  • If this does not work then I think you need to try a different software package.  The combination of the limited hardware you have and the crippled screenshot function of WMP11 (nothing like breaking something useful on purpose, thanks MS!) means that it just won't work with what you have.
    • Proposed as answer by Kamin of Ressik Tuesday, January 22, 2013 3:58 PM
    • Marked as answer by AimAv138 Tuesday, January 22, 2013 3:59 PM
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 3:50 PM

All replies

  • Can you pause the video at the point where you need the screen capture and try taking it like that?

    Monday, January 21, 2013 4:10 PM
  • Well, yeah... but it doesn't make any difference... By 'video playback' I just meant having the video open, not that it was playing while we are trying to take a capture :)

    Monday, January 21, 2013 4:17 PM
  • Have you tried both pressing PrtScrn and also pressing Alt-PrtScrn?  Using Alt makes only the active window capture while just PrtScrn captures the whole desktop.  You would have to crop out what was not needed but it might work.
    Monday, January 21, 2013 4:39 PM
  • Yep, I've tried that as well.  Doesn't make a difference :(

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 8:04 AM
  • Have you tried Pausing and then pressing Ctrl-I and then pasting into Paint?  Go full screen first if that is what you want a large image.
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 2:55 PM
  • It was my understanding that Ctrl-I was removed as a shortcut from 11?  I've tried it on my machine and it doesn't work, but I've asked the user to try it on his as well.  If it works I shall update, otherwise I will assume that it won't as both he and I have the same system pretty much.
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 3:08 PM
  • If this does not work then I think you need to try a different software package.  The combination of the limited hardware you have and the crippled screenshot function of WMP11 (nothing like breaking something useful on purpose, thanks MS!) means that it just won't work with what you have.
    • Proposed as answer by Kamin of Ressik Tuesday, January 22, 2013 3:58 PM
    • Marked as answer by AimAv138 Tuesday, January 22, 2013 3:59 PM
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 3:50 PM
  • Yeah, I figured as much from everything I've been reading.  It's just getting new software OK'd to be installed by the manager!  Apparently WMP 9, 10 have the shortcut and you can capture normal screenshots from 12... just 11 they screwed over... haha.

    Thanks for you suggestions though!

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 3:54 PM