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How do/can you get a still print from video/DVD?


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#1 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 10:02 PM

I have a deadline this week to enter a short in a local festival and I just noticed
that the submission asks for at least one still photo for promotional purposes.

I don't have any; it was a one day shoot last year and the actors are scattered.

Does anybody know a way to get a print from a DVD? Thanks.
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 10:08 PM

Some DVD player programs for computers have a frame grab function that creates a bitmap file that you can drag into Photoshop or whatever and color-correct, stretch it to look correct (DVD pixels are not square), and then save as whatever type of file you want (JPEG, for example.)

Just note that a DVD frame is only a 720 x 480 pixel image. Many publications won't accept such a low-rez digital photo.
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#3 David Sweetman

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 10:28 PM

Some programs on some computers allow the "print screen" function; set the player to full-screen and hit the print screen key, open up Paint and hit ctrl-v. It might just paste in an empty image, but sometimes I've gotten it to work.
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#4 Adam Frisch FSF

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 03:04 AM

If you're on a Mac, then play the film in VLC Player (freeware player - Apples built in player doesn't allow screen grabs), then press Alt + Apple + 4 and you'll get a
crosshair that you can grab anything on the screen with. It gets saved on your desktop as a .png file which you then simply can open and do stuff with in Photoshop.
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#5 Daniel Smith

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 05:49 AM

If you have the original avi file, you can always get an uncompressed still from it (at the videos resolution) in most editing software.
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#6 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 02 May 2007 - 11:40 AM

Thanks everybody. I haven't had time to get back on here but all your tips are great.
I had somebody helping me and she went with David's suggestion and we did it that way
but all of the other ways could come in handy under different circumstances.

Anyway, we made the deadline with the required materials and if later they want to ask if we can
get a higher-rez image we can do something about that then but for now your help enabled us to
get everything done on time.

Thanks a lot!
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