I’d been frustrated trying to capture particular images from the films I’m watching in The Criterion Collection list. DirectX technology makes it hard to do a simple screen capture and paste into PhotoShop. But someone finally directed me to a way that works and doesn’t involve downloaded spy-and-adware full programs. And damn if it isn’t easy.
My laptop runs Windows XP, so this should work for any computer running that OS.
- Open Display Properties
- Select the Settings Tab
- Select the Advanced button
- Select the Troubleshooting Tab
- Drag the Hardware Acceleration bar to “none”
- Select Apply
Now pausing a DVD in WMP or whatever DVD program you use and doing a screen capture [ALT-PrintScreen] should result in a still image that can be saved. Just remember to turn hardware acceleration back on after you’re done.