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===Why not Print Screen?===
===Why not use Print Screen?===


When using hardware acceleration, Print Screen will be unable to capture the overlayed image. This is due to the image being stored in a different area of memory to the main display, and will manifest itself as an area of colour (typically nearly black) where the image appears.
When using hardware acceleration, the <tt>Print Screen</tt> key will be unable to capture the overlayed image. This is due to the image being stored in a different area of memory to the main display, and will manifest itself as an area of colour (typically nearly black) where the image appears.


==Workarounds==
==Workarounds==
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===Disabling hardware acceleration===
===Disabling hardware acceleration===


As a workaround, you can disable hardware acceleration. This is done from Control Panel > Display > Settings > Advanced > Troubleshooting.
As a workaround, you can disable hardware acceleration. This is done from <tt>Control Panel > Display > Settings > Advanced > Troubleshooting</tt>.


===Lazy disabling===
===Lazy disabling===
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** Video > Copy source/output frame to clipboard
** Video > Copy source/output frame to clipboard
* BSplayer
* BSplayer
** P: Original size
** <tt>P</tt>: Original size
** Shift+P: 'What you see'
** <tt>Shift+P</tt>: 'What you see'
* Media Player Classic
* Media Player Classic
** F5
** <tt>F5</tt>
* NMC player
** <tt>Enter</tt>
* Windows Media Player
* Windows Media Player
** Ctrl+I
** <tt>Ctrl+I</tt>
* Zoomplayer
* Zoomplayer
** Alt+F
** <tt>Alt+F</tt>
* NMC player
** Enter


==How to upload the picture==
==How to upload the picture==

Latest revision as of 15:18, 17 October 2009

Why not use Print Screen?

When using hardware acceleration, the Print Screen key will be unable to capture the overlayed image. This is due to the image being stored in a different area of memory to the main display, and will manifest itself as an area of colour (typically nearly black) where the image appears.

Workarounds

Disabling hardware acceleration

As a workaround, you can disable hardware acceleration. This is done from Control Panel > Display > Settings > Advanced > Troubleshooting.

Lazy disabling

Only one program can use video overlays at once. Thus, you can load two copies of your media player (or two different programs that both try to use overlays), and one of them will display without hardware acceleration.

Taking a screenshot in specific software

  • VirtualDub
    • Video > Copy source/output frame to clipboard
  • BSplayer
    • P: Original size
    • Shift+P: 'What you see'
  • Media Player Classic
    • F5
  • NMC player
    • Enter
  • Windows Media Player
    • Ctrl+I
  • Zoomplayer
    • Alt+F

How to upload the picture

If you've been asked to upload a screenshot by a mod, use a free image hosting site - not only is this easier than using your own hosting/transfer method, but also means that the picture will probably stick around for long enough to be there if it needs to be referred back to again. If it's a screenshot to illustrate an anime entry, see the guidelines for anime images.

Other issues

Quality/Exactness

Relative quality of different types of frames, differences in output of different renderers, etc.

Seeking precision

Problems with some splitters, frame-by-frame stepping.