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#1 Ger Leonard

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Posted 26 May 2005 - 03:58 PM

This question ha been raised before but how exactly can you do a screen grab off a DVD?

I believe it is possible with Final Cut Pro... but I haven't figured out how..

Any advice would be greatly appreciate as I am compiling a visual reference book for a feature I have in development to compliment the script..

Obviously most directors use films, photographs, paintings etc as visual references.. but my aim is to compile a book containing these key images grabbed off various dvds that relate to the look I want to achieve ... the framing, composition, lighting, etc..

I believe this would be immensely useful to the DP, and all the other departments heads

A related question to all you DPs... what would you ideally want from a director in explaining his vision for a film?
Cheers..
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#2 Adam Frisch FSF

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Posted 26 May 2005 - 04:10 PM

On a Mac it's easy.

First of all, get a stand alone player like the VLC Player (can be downloaded for free). This player allows screengrabs, something Apples built-in DVD player doesn't.

Then play your film. Press Shift - Apple - 4 and you'll get something that looks like a crosshair in a gun scope. Draw your square on the screen to grab what you want, and voila! it's saved on your desktop.

Simple. No clue how to do it on a PC unfortunately.
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 26 May 2005 - 05:42 PM

It's even easier to do it on a PC. Most DVD player software like Nero or Power DVD have a screen grab button (usually a camera icon) on the DVD control panel that saves a frame as a bitmap file and sends it to a folder everytime you click on it.

Apple apparently was talked out of allowing this feature by the motion picture industry so the workaround is a little more complicated.
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#4 Ger Leonard

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Posted 26 May 2005 - 06:52 PM

Downloaded VLC (i have a mac with built in dvd) and you're right... it's easy now...

Cheers lads..
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#5 Jayson Crothers

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Posted 31 May 2005 - 01:40 PM

On my Mac I have a program actually called "DVD Capture".

It does precisely what the name implies.
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