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    Getting a still from a video

    Hi all,

    I have taken a short video using my Sony Digital Camera. The movie plays well in the Windows Media Player, but I cannot seem to make a still picture from a paused frame in the video. I would like to pause the video, and then capture that paused frame and make a still shot out of it. How can I do this as the media player, or even Print Screen does not seem to allow this?!

    Second: If I buy a digital video camera, does any one know if I can do this also?

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    Re: Getting a still from a video

    For an option native to XP, try this or check out this Google search. HTH
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    Re: Getting a still from a video

    Tx Doc
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    Re: Getting a still from a video

    I wonder if it has anything to do with the type of file? I ran a WMV file, paused it for a moment, and hit Alt-PrtScr and did get a shot. What type of file is yours?

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    Re: Getting a still from a video

    <hr>If I buy a digital video camera, does any one know if I can do this also?<hr>
    Check the features of the camera. Many digital cameras have an option to take a still shot, but not all.
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    Re: Getting a still from a video

    Mine is WMV too. Maybe its the version of Windows Media Player. I have since upgraded to version 10. I should try it again!
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    Re: Getting a still from a video

    Have you tried Windows Movie Maker?
    I've never had need to give it more than a cursory glance, but it does seem to have the ability to frame step through a video and export a still.

    (I discovered mine in the Start Menu under Accessories > Entertainment... you may already have it installed if you are running XP.)

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    Re: Getting a still from a video

    Tx. I do have Movie Maker on my PC. I never saw that option even though I have faffed around a bit in it! Thx, I'll give it a try when I get home!
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    Re: Getting a still from a video

    The advantage of that method over taking a screen-grab is that it should be using the original data, and won't depend on your screen resolution, zoom settings etc.

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    Re: Getting a still from a video

    <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> and <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>...I agree!
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    Rudi

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