Efficient Ways to Make VLC Snapshot

Last updated on June 15, 2015 by

VLC media player or “VLC” is a free cross-platform and media streaming tool developed by VideoLAN. So far it is considered to be one of the most famous media players over the world. And what makes it different from other media players is that it has an ability to open and play multiple audio and media files no matter they’re compressed or in rare formats. VLC works for nearly all media files individually without requiring extraordinary codec. However, there’s no built-in screen capture option to preserve the scene you like in VLC media player. Some want to do this to capture a certain part of a movie, to keep a particular scene for future use, or to share it with friends at social media sites. In this case, here are some efficient ways to take snapshot in VLC media player.

#1. Snapshot with VLC Player

One of the fastest ways to take VLC snapshot is to make advantage the VLC’s built in snapshot feature. This feature is not usual in any media players, but luckily it is available in any VLC media players. So there is no need for added plug-ins and installation, just open a video that you want and take snapshot instantly. However, it does not support copying screenshot to clipboard or even making annotations. Here are the steps to utilize this function.

  • Open the VLC media player.
  • Look for a video that you wish to play and play it.
  • Take snapshot by going to Video’s menu, scroll down and hit “Take Snapshot”.

screenshot video with VLC

This solution is enough if you are contented with just a screen shot, while it might not meet your desires if you need to do some image editing.

#2. Make VLC screenshot with Free Screenshot Capture

If you need a more advanced way to screenshot VLC, then you can use this method on Windows. This solution will utilize a powerful online application called Free Online Screenshot. This tool is capable of capturing anything that can be seen on your screen with the highest possible quality. Furthermore, this online application also has a built-in editor which is useful in modifying screenshots. You can also share these images online by going through the sharing options. To use this app here are the steps to follow.

  • Open your VLC and play you desired video, then pause at the scene that you want to capture.
  • Launch your browser and go directly to the webpage of Free Online Screenshot.
  • Now hit “Take Screenshot” icon, and wait for the tool to open.
  • When the tool is launched, simply click the camera icon and a cross-hair will appear. Select the area and drag a region to capture, then release the mouse.
  • You can edit it using the editing tool below the image and then save it.

make VLC snapshot

Tips: you could also upload or share it via web.
An internet connection is necessary for this online solution, but it also provides an desktop version for use., you can download it from below. Anyway, it is a great application to take a place on your computer due to the numerous features that it has aside from screen capturing.


#3. Snapshot VLC video with Grab (Mac)

The last on our list to take VLC video snapshot is by using a Mac tool named Grab. This program is made as the deafult one for Mac users, so there is no need to worry about any lag and incompatibility. With this tool, you can take a VLC snapshot anytime you wish with just few clicks. Despite the fact that selecting area on screen is quite unmanageable, it is a great application to use.

Taking a video screenshot on VLC media player can be done easily using the proper tools such as those discussed above. However, in choosing a method to use, it’s obvious better to utilize a tool which gains you more comprehensive capture functions. Therefore, it is advisable to use Free Online Screenshot, which basically has more features than the other method. And in case you are not fond of internet app, you can use its desktop version.

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