Rapid Fire Screenshotting/Screencapping...is this a thing?!

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Rapid Fire Screenshotting/Screencapping...is this a thing?!

Post by crimsonskies » Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:07 am

Looking for advice/suggestions. If I were to play a DVD or YouTube video or any video for that matter, on my Laptop, is anyone aware of any software that would be able to take rapid fire screenshots

For example: Could I leave 30 seconds of footage playing and have something take 60+ screenshots for me automatically without me having to constantly pause and do it manually?
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Re: Rapid Fire Screenshotting/Screencapping...is this a thing?!

Post by Ben Bentley » Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:26 am

crimsonskies wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:07 am
Looking for advice/suggestions. If I were to play a DVD or YouTube video or any video for that matter, on my Laptop, is anyone aware of any software that would be able to take rapid fire screenshots

For example: Could I leave 30 seconds of footage playing and have something take 60+ screenshots for me automatically without me having to constantly pause and do it manually?
There's a bunch of different options for Mac and Windows (i'm a Mac user myself) but VLC is free and available for both and should be more than capable of doing what you described.

Here's a tutorial that walks you through the process of dealing with batch screen capturing:
https://turbofuture.com/computers/How-t ... dia-Player

I know Scott has dealt with this in the past, so he may be able to offer some more specific insight?

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Re: Rapid Fire Screenshotting/Screencapping...is this a thing?!

Post by Jim Akin » Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:27 am

The VLC player (free for Windows, Mac and Linux) lets you extract frame grabs as you play a given video clip. The method is explained in section 2 of this webpage.

As far as I know, VLC requires you to have the video file stored on a local drive; I don't think it works with commercial DVDs or Blu-Rays.

Good luck!

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Re: Rapid Fire Screenshotting/Screencapping...is this a thing?!

Post by crimsonskies » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:19 am

"Recording Ratio" initially confused me, but sorted it now. Thankyou Jim and Ben. :D
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Re: Rapid Fire Screenshotting/Screencapping...is this a thing?!

Post by Jim Akin » Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:45 pm

How about that! Ben and I posted essentially the same advice 1 minute apart. The VLC Player trick is definitely a little wonky, so hopefully two tutorials are better than one. :)

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