OS X DVD Player screenshot

A quick and dirty way to make a screenshot of a DVD playing in DVD Player. Remember: when DVD Player is open, you can’t capture the screen with Grab. Command-Shift-3 and Command-Shift-4 both do not work when DVD Player is open. So:

  1. Put your DVD in your computer and open DVD Player (Applications -> DVD Player) if it does not open automatically. Fast forward to the frame you want to capture, or select the scene to start at. Pause.
  2. Open the Terminal (Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal). Type this, or copy / paste it right in the Terminal:

    screencapture -i ~/Desktop/example.png

  3. Your mouse should turn into crosshairs. Now hit the space bar. Your mouse should now be a camera. Click the window the DVD is playing in. A file called “example.png” will appear on your desktop.

I guess this only works when you’re watching a DVD in windowed mode. But it’s better than nothing.

2 thoughts on “OS X DVD Player screenshot”

  1. Very nifty, but how about a complete screenshot, something you could use as a desktop picture. I would luv to take a few screenshot of “Mulholland Drive”! Go figure.

  2. Just make your screenshot as described, open the image file in Photoshop (or some other image editor) and resize the image:

    Image menu> Image Size, set to percentages instead of pixels in the Pixel Dimensions part of the dialog window. Do make sure you scale in multiples of 100, this gives the best result, in my experience. Scaling to 200% yields a better result than e.g. scaling to 180%.

    But, don’t take my word for it: experiment.

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