How to Capture a Video Frame in Windows Media Player


Windows Media Player is not a sophisticated digital video editing suite, but it is a good player. Because it operates through your Windows desktop, it can be used to capture still video frames. These can be saved in any of the common image file formats using basic Windows accessories.

  • Play video. Launch Windows Media Player and play the video from which you want to capture a frame. Advance the player to roughly the location of the frame.

  • Pause on the frame. Let the video play and hit the pause button when the frame you want to capture is on the screen. This may take a few tries to get the exact frame you want.

  • Switch to full screen display. Click on the full screen icon on the right edge of the media player to launch a full-screen display of your selected video frame.

  • Use the print screen function to capture the image. After the video controls drop off the display, press and hold the Function (FN) key and then press the Print Screen key (PrtSc), which is usually located in the upper-right of the keyboard. The Print Screen is usually the same as the Insert (Ins) key.

  • Paste the image to Paint and save the file. Launch the Paint program in Window Accessories and press Control-V to past the stored screen capture. Under the File tab, select "Save" and choose a name and format for the image.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the paste yields a blank image, you will have to disable overlays on your Windows Media Player. To do this, click "Options" from the Tools menu, view the Performance tab and click on the "Advanced" button. Uncheck "Use overlays" under DVD video, click "OK" and restart the player. It's also possible to capture video frames on Version 9 or later by pressing Control-I.

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