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10.6: Take screen captures while DVD Player is running System 10.6
This is more of an observation than a hint, but I haven't seen it documented anywhere else.

In Snow Leopard, you can now take screen captures while a DVD is playing. In previous versions of OS X, the system would give you an error screen saying that this wasn't allowed. In 10.6, the system will take the screenshot like normal, but block out the DVD Player app window with a checkerboard pattern.

So while this still won't allow you to take screen captures of a DVD (you can use VLC for that), you're now able to at least take screenshots of your screen without being forced to quit DVD Player first. A very welcome refinement.

[robg adds: This behavior has always confused me -- does Apple think consumers are going to take 30 screen captures every second, moving frame by frame over 90 minutes, in order to rebuild the movie from scratch? There are so many easy workarounds for screenshots (VLC, SnapzPro), recording the screen as a movie (ScreenFlow, Camtasia for Mac, Snapz), and just ripping the movie (MacTheRipper, etc.), that it seems really strange to prevent a single snapshot of the DVD Player's screen. In any event, if you want or need a screen grab from a DVD, you'll want to look into one of the alternatives. At least now, though, a playing movie won't block a screenshot of something else on your screen.]
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10.6: Take screen captures while DVD Player is running
Authored by: thyvillageidiot on Sep 17, '09 08:06:45AM

It's my understanding that the silly rule actually comes from the DVD association who puts silly restrictions for anyone who wishes to officially be a DVD player. It stems from the same regime who doesn't let us skip through the "FBI Warnings" and "the views expressed..." dialogs.



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10.6: Take screen captures while DVD Player is running
Authored by: conigs on Sep 17, '09 08:16:06AM

If I remember correctly, this was the behavior in earlier OS X releases, possibly in Jaguar ( or maybe OS 9?).

I distinctly remember being able to take screen grabs and the DVD window being blacked out…



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10.6: Take screen captures while DVD Player is running
Authored by: fracai on Sep 17, '09 08:57:20AM

In fact, at some point (OS9? Still?) weren't movies displayed directly by the video card? DVD player essentially displayed a dark green window and the video card would decode and display the video itself. Screen shots would function but display the dark green window instead of a movie still.

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10.6: Take screen captures while DVD Player is running
Authored by: BlackjackJoe on Sep 17, '09 09:50:37AM

In fact, if you made that screen capture of DVD Player your desktop wall paper, playing a movie in DVD Player would play the movie on your desktop.



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10.6: Take screen captures while DVD Player is running
Authored by: cstuder on Sep 17, '09 08:20:23AM

In the early days, taking automated screenshots was actually a viable DVD ripping technique. It's been rendered obsolete by DeCSS, but it used to be practised.

Nowadays, yes, it's just silly. But probably outside Apples control.



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10.6: Take screen captures while DVD Player is running
Authored by: fds on Sep 17, '09 09:30:38AM

I just wonder why is it then that any Windows DVD player software will happily allow you to take a screenshot – they even provide you with built-in commands for that. Including the major and surely offically licensed players, PowerDVD and WinDVD.



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10.6: Take screen captures while DVD Player is running
Authored by: chyna4xena on Sep 17, '09 05:27:24PM

DVD association certification is a hardware thing, not a software thing.

While there are "official DVD drives" (certified, that follow the spec) and "unofficial drives" (that don't follow the spec and don't have certification), there is no such distinction in software. So PowerDVD, WinDVD, DVD Player, VLC, et cetera, are not "official" players in any sense and do not need to submit to the DVD association.

The problem for Apple is, that they sell Apple-branded DVD drives, so they have to be careful about getting on the wrong side of the DVD association. That is why they voluntarily prevent DVD Player from being used to make screenshots (where possible).

The makers of PowerDVD and WinDVD and VLC do not make DVD drives and have no contact with the DVD association, and therefore do not restrict the taking of screenshots.



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10.6: Take screen captures while DVD Player is running
Authored by: cargoplex on Sep 17, '09 10:40:54AM
Another method is to use a screen capture widget such as Screenshot Plus:

http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/business/screenshotplus.html

I've been using this for years, and its even more handy if you enable developer mode in Dashboard which lets you use widgets on your desktop:

http://www.dashboardwidgets.com/showcase/details.php?wid=1065

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10.6: Take screen captures while DVD Player is running
Authored by: pheed on Sep 17, '09 05:43:44PM

I'm not sure about 10.6, but in older versions of OS X, you can take a screen shot of DVD Player by using the screencapture command. If you combine it with the sleep command you can delay the command allowing you time to switch back to full screen DVD playback before the capture is made. I always found it odd that screencapture ignored the DVD Player app and the OS screen capture did not.

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use QuickTime 7 Player
Authored by: kuupoika on Sep 17, '09 06:01:33PM

QuickTime 7 Player allows you to record the screen... so just have to start screen recording and then switch to the DVD Player in full screen mode to copy a DVD... or any video online that does not allow copying such as those embedded in Flash



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use QuickTime 7 Player
Authored by: xfile087 on Sep 20, '09 02:10:23AM

Do you mean QuickTime Player X? As that is the only one with screen recording and if so, even screen recording won't capture the dvd player app - it's just a solid colour of nothingness.



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