Take Media File Screenshot Without Software

by on May 17th, 2008

All of you may know that when you try to take screenshoots of a running media file, windows captures each and everything on the screen except the movie inside the media player. Here is a trick how to capture screenshoots from Windows Media Player, Real Player and WinAmp without using any utility (Software).


In Media Player go to tools, select options and then click on the performance tab. On the performance page there will be a slider labled as video acceleration. Reduce the acceleration to none, click ok and then close down media player. Next open the file you want to take a still from, press ALT and the PrintScrn key to copy an image of media player to the clipboard. Next open Microsoft Paint program (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Paint) or another image editing program, once the program has started goto Edit and Select Paste…

REAL ONE / REAL PLAYER / Real Media Player
  • Open up Real player.
  • Go to the ‘Tools’ menu, and then ‘Preferences’, and select the ‘Hardware’ section
  • Make sure you have unchecked the box for ‘Video card compatibility’
  • You must now restart your realplayer- in order for the change to take effect.

Load WinAmp, right click on one of the windows and select “Options” and then “Preferences”. Click on “Video” and remove the tick from “Allow video overlay” and the Restart winamp.