How to Take Screenshots of DVDs on Mac OS X Leopard


You can take screen-shots of a DVD playing in Apple Movie Player, even though the Mac "Grabber" application and the Mac screenshot hot keys won't work with Apple's DVD Player. Here you will learn how to use Terminal to take a screen-shot of a running DVD in Movie Player.

Things You'll Need

  • Terminal application
  • DVD player
  • With your movie playing or paused in DVD Player, navigate to "Applications/Utilities/Terminal" in an open Finder window and double-click "Terminal" to launch it.

  • Type in the command--without the quote marks--"screencapture -i ~/Desktop/dvd.png" and hit "Enter."

  • Return to DVD Player that is either playing or paused on the screen-shot you wish to capture, and you will notice a screen grab cursor target. Click and drag the cursor to select the selection of the DVD image you wish to capture. When you release the mouse, the DVD screen-shot will be saved to the Desktop as "dvd.png."

Tips & Warnings

  • You can rename the screenshot file any name you wish in the Terminal command.

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  • Photo Credit John Ford: Apple Computer
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