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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Question: How to take a video screenshot?

I received this question many times this week and I figured out after a while that it would simply be easier to answer here than sending the same answer many times. The reason I never presented it as a tip is that I didn't find any freeware to do the job. So there actually is a real tip for today that is just under this post. The application I use to capture video screenshot is Snap Pro X. The application retails for $69 and it is really great for advanced screenshot. Once you install it, it will replace the actual "Command - Shift - 3" to launch up Snap Pro X. "Command - Shift - 4" will remain a Finder screenshot however. Learn more about Snap Pro X here on Ambrosia Software's website.

If you know of any free software that does the same thing, please let us know in the comment.

Edit: Sean Quinn posted a great free alternative in the comments: Copernicus. I never actually tried it, but it looks pretty good. You can check it out at Thanks Sean.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Free screen capture, and can be set into a Snapz Pro X theme!

September 21, 2007 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

best one i've seen

September 21, 2007 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Blablah said...

Here's my opinion:

Snapz Pro is the worst video capture software out there... The horrible sounds, the crashes, the interface that makes you wanna stick a fork in your butthole and push it till it comes out on the other side... I prefer IShowU :D

September 22, 2007 at 5:00 AM  
Blogger Ken Hughes said...

The Widget "Screenshot Plus" is very good at snapping a screenshot of a video (DVD, for example). Very powerful widget that gives many options.

September 22, 2007 at 5:41 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

What's wrong with the grab a window widget? I got it as a tip from this site months ago and it works just fine.

September 22, 2007 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Is there a free version that is not a demo for this or any alike?

September 22, 2007 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Some time ago I found "Capture Me".
The tests i made were ok... but I never really used it. It's free.

September 22, 2007 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger teddymac said...

SnapNDrag will take video screen captures.

And it's free.

September 22, 2007 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger Marian said...

I'm usint Screen Mimic 2.0. It's not free, but it's great.

September 22, 2007 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger ratbum said...

Try Display Eater, it is free and it does what it does well.

September 23, 2007 at 4:36 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I purchased Snapz Pro and HATE it. (I was told it was the best!) The reason I wanted a video capture was to do tutorial podcast. When I put the vidoe into imovie or garageband it is blurry!

September 23, 2007 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Brock said...

I just used Screencast-O-Matic to create a free screencast to show my family how to navigate Flickr. It was very easy and captures audio as well - allows you to embed in your blog or download as a quicktime. My first one is here:

September 25, 2007 at 12:43 AM  
Blogger EstebanQuinn said...

can't you just play your video in vlc player and than take a screen shot? always worked for me.

September 26, 2007 at 5:49 AM  
Blogger manager said...

I tried Copernicus while running Corel Painter Essentials 3. When I started taking a video screenshot, Corel "quit while unresponsive." ?

April 27, 2008 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Firoz Khan said...

video snapshot software-Visit - Screen Capture Software, video recording software, Video Snapshot Software. You can Crop image, record your screen, Gif Recording & grab video.

February 19, 2015 at 1:40 AM  

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