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Urgent: Need Help with Screenshots

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Sokar Rostau, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. Sokar Rostau

    Sokar Rostau IncGamers Member

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    Urgent: Need Help with Screenshots

    I have just discovered the cause of all the complaining about a certain new game. I cannot, however, prove it without a screenshot. What I need to do is get a screenie that has a clip playing in WMV next to the same clip playing on Yahoo. My problem is that I cannot get a screenshot of what is playing in WMV - I get a perfectly normal screenshot but everything within the WMV screen is blank.
     
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    Tanooki IncGamers Member

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    Re: Urgent: Need Help with Screenshots

    Try having the clip play in VLC.

    What game/complaints? You're just vague enough to get people (who probably don't care about whatever game) to be uber-curious.
     
  3. Sokar Rostau

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    Re: Urgent: Need Help with Screenshots

    What is VLC?

    If I name the game someone will hit me with a crowbar. The complaint is that the game is not dark enough. Yahoo did a story on the petition that is doing the rounds of the intarwebs and there is a video to demonstrate what the complaints are about. The difference between the Yahoo video and my copy of the same thing is dramatic to say the least. The problem is not artistic direction, but people's video settings/cards.
     
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    Re: Urgent: Need Help with Screenshots

    So you can prove that Diablo 3 is indeed dark and gothic-y?

    *Hits Sokar with a crowbar*
     
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    Re: Urgent: Need Help with Screenshots

    I suggest you download Media Player Classic (MPC). Personally, I believe its the best media player out there, and it has an inbuilt command to take screenshots.
    You can find it bundled with Combined Community Codec Pack here:
    http://www.cccp-project.net/

    Alternatively, you could go with VLC player, as a poster above suggested. You can google for it.

    Best of luck on your noble endeavor.
     
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    Re: Urgent: Need Help with Screenshots

    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ VLC's a great player.

    Please tell me they haven't already picked playtesters for D3 yet...
     
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    Re: Urgent: Need Help with Screenshots

    VLC is a great media player. I like it better than MPC, personally. Have you tried Screenshot Captor? Freeware for capturing screenies... not sure if it will help with the video problem.
     
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    Re: Urgent: Need Help with Screenshots

    Even if you don't mention it by name, talking about it is talking about it...

    *swings crowbar*

    I use print screen + paste in paint, but that might not always be reliable...
     
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    Re: Urgent: Need Help with Screenshots

    If your using Windows Media Player (11?) on XP, goto Tools -> Options. Click on the Performance tab, there should be a video acceleration bar, set it to none (all the way to the left). It should work if you try to take the screenshot again.
     
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    Re: Urgent: Need Help with Screenshots

    So cute when your excited!
     
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    Re: Urgent: Need Help with Screenshots

    When your WMP screen is black after you take a screenshot the problem is hardware rendering (or software rendering? One of them. Google=friend). The other media players mentioned (VLC and MPC, once again, google and DL) are a good alternative. If nothing works there are special programs out there to get SS or streams off hardware rendered/encoded media.
     
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    Re: Urgent: Need Help with Screenshots

    Video plays on a video hardware layer (blahblahblah other words I don't really understand) so the screenshot can't see it, in WMP I think you can disable hardware acceleration and theoretically it will work. You can also use Hypersnap and a few other utilities which claim to be able to capture it. But I think a video utility with a screenshot ability is the easiest way, VLC is pretty good.

    Don't use WMP, it's agony.

    Welcome to codec hell though.



     
  13. Sokar Rostau

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    The problem is that turning off video acceleration changes the picture. With video acceleration turned on the picture looks perfect, with it off... no wonder people are complaining.
     
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    Then get VLC already. It's a Google away.
     

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