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September 21, 2007 at 6:14 AM #39819silverstarParticipant
You can now get lots of free TV
streams from the internet
which is great but I wonder is there
any way that stream can go into some
software that could say take caps
or record short movies etc ?
thanks for any comment
September 28, 2007 at 3:51 AM #171790deborbonParticipant
Can you explain what you mean by take caps? Do you mean mix and edit or literally copy movies from let’s say Youtube or PeekVid?
September 28, 2007 at 5:09 AM #171791silverstarParticipant
when I say caps I mean picture captures
when you play a movie clip in vcr
as the movie is playing right click mouse
a drop down menu apears
and then you have captured a picture from
the movie clip
I just thought it would be great to play a live
tv stream from the net in vlc player and be able to do
the odd cap or two
but I just can t figure out how to play the live
tv stream from the net inside vlc
it would be interesting to know if anyone has done
that ( or in some other software )
September 28, 2007 at 10:22 PM #171792mogleproParticipant
If you would even get it to work, it probably wouldn’t be a very high quality snap shot. What are you wanting them for? What kind of shows are your snap shotting? Just curious.
Does anyone know of any free screen shot software that will capture a snap shot of a paused video? The ones I’ve used will capture everything but what is displayed on the video player.
September 29, 2007 at 9:38 AM #171793AnonymousInactive
The reason you get that blank spot where the video should be is because, technically, your computer isn’t playing that video. Your video card is.
So your computer can do more important things (such as contemplating a good reason to bring up the Blue Screen of Death), it by default delegates tasks such as processing videos and rendering 3D images to your video card. This is why newer video cards are virtually a computer unto themselves, with ram, central processors, and cooling fans. So when you ask your computer to play a video, it sets up a big blank space on your desktop and sits back to enjoy a nice brew, while in a truly Cinderella-like fashion, your video card overlays (remember that word!) a video in this blank space.
If you want to liberate your poor, downtrodden video card, the easiest way is to go into your display control panel and disable hardware acceleration. If there’s a box in the advanced properties to enable overlays (remember that word?) you should make sure that box is unchecked. This is roughly akin to telling your computer to grow up, quit being such a sluggard, and to stop getting others to do what it can do itself.
Much like an unruly teen, your computer might not like this, and it can get temperamental. If you try to render graphics, you’ll notice a pretty significant decrease in power, and you can even lock up the machine altogether if you put too much on it’s plate, say for example, rendering a video and then starting a video game that relies heavily on 3D graphics. (I won’t tell you how I learned that one.) But for just playing video, it should pick up and do it’s job well enough. At this point, since your computer is doing the work instead of pawning it off, you should be able to hit the print screen button (or use your favorite screenshot software) and you’re all set!
If you’re trying to capture video that’s playing in Windows Media Player (or as I call it, "The WiMP"), you’ll probably also need to go to the Tools menu, select options, click the performance tab and make sure that on your advanced settings that Overlay (there’s that word again!) is set to off, as WiMP has an ego only Bill Gates could love, and it will still try to delegate out this work, even if you’ve told the whole computer to shape up already.
Hopefully you’ll find that helpful. If not, I do offer a 100% money back guarantee. Just send an envelope and a check for $29.97 (the full refund processing fee) to the address listed on my website. 😀
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