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20 August 2011 @ 10:07 pm
Take Snapshots (Screenshots) automatically with VLC  
I keep getting so many questions about auto screen capping in the newer versions of VLC, due to my previous entry on the subject years ago. The following tutorial will spell it out for you :)

This applies to the newer versions of VLC, particularly the current version (1.1.11). I am on a Mac, so if you're on Windows, this may or may not work for you. The tutorial is a bit image heavy to help those who understand more visually.

  1. Open VLC and its preferences

  2. Switch the preferences from Basic to All

  3. Setup your screenshot preferences by going to Video

    • Set your directory where the files should be saved

    • If you want a prefix before the image, type that in (perhaps video_ or your username- pibby_). This is not required.

    • Choose your snapshot format (png or jpg)

    • If you want to use sequential numbers instead of timestamps, check the box for that option

  4. Setup the automatic screencapping preferences by going to Video -> Output modules -> Scene filter

    • Make sure the following options are filled out: Image format, Directory path prefix

    • I have found that leaving the width and height at the default -1 seems to work well and will automatically size the screencaps correctly. If you find this is not the case, set these numbers to the dimensions of your video.

    • Enter your recording ratio. The lower the number, the more often VLC will take a snapshot. Play around with this number until you find the ratio that works best for you.

  5. Tell VLC to use the scene filter by typing the word "scene" (no quotes) into the box at the top of Video -> Filters. Note: Type the word in the top box labeled Video filter module. Do not type it into the 2nd box called Video output filter module.

  6. Click the save button to save your preferences

  7. Open a video in VLC, open Finder and browse to the directory you specified for saving screencaps, and sit back and watch the caps fly in!

When you're done with your screencaps, simply erase the word "scene" in the top box (Video filter module) of Video -> Filters and save your preferences.
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kimi_piekimi_pie on August 21st, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
cidthekittycidthekitty on October 7th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
oh man this is so useful thanks <3
i blog anime and also like making icons so i usually like to take a lot of caps, this will save me so much time haha.
Lady Callistotheladyoffaerie on January 3rd, 2012 08:27 am (UTC)

Well...at least saved my laptops life coz I was about to murder it with fire (I've been having other issues with VLC trying to get it to cap so came back to latest version, and I damn near love you for having this).

Camisado Ashlie: Random - glomp all over youashlienl on January 21st, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
Oh thank you thank you THANK you so much for this! <3 I'd been searching forever for a good automatic capping tutorial but all I'd found were manual caps or outdated VLC programs or overly COMPLICATED programs. Ugh this is so simple and nicely done. Thank you so much for this! <3
Saucerysaucery on January 27th, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU SO MUCH. Seriously, you've actually, literally saved my life. :O
fruitbat00: Sexy Lexfruitbat00 on May 1st, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! You have saved my sanity. Tried umpteen tutorials and options for this including typing the commands into terminal (which worked ish..) But this worked perfectly. Thanks for sharing the knowledge.
Varda ☆: ZedPM Heartx_varda_x on May 9th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this! <3
HamatoKameko: Muppets - Kermit: YAY omg.hamatokameko on June 19th, 2012 06:53 am (UTC)
Thank you; you're a lifesaver! :D For the record, this works exactly the same in Windows.

Yay I can retake the (hundreds) of screenshots I lost in my harddrive crash, easily! *dances*
juliaheartsjuliahearts on June 29th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
thank you so, so much!! you're amazing
you were made for thisevewithanapple on August 19th, 2012 01:40 am (UTC)
Question: I've gone through everything up to step five, which I can't complete. There is no filter module bar for me to type "scene" into. When I go to video - filter, the screen I see is this:

Also, I don't know if this is a byproduct of trying to get the caps, but white boxes have started appearing all over the screen:

It seems to be happening in time to the motion on the screen- i.e. if a character moves, the boxes pop up- and I don't know how to make it stop. Do you have any idea what's going on?
you were made for thisevewithanapple on August 20th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)
Okay, I fixed the box issue and managed to get auto screencaps once- but when I turned them off and then tried to turn them on again, and now it won't work. I'm going over the exact same steps, but it still isn't happening. Do you know what might be going wrong?
Another Ravaged Storytellernetbug009 on August 27th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
Thank you! I have an automated capping program, but I'm not very happy with the results, so I'll try this instead. :D
記憶したか?// Bad Person™: So how are you holding up? BECAUSE I'M Akiokushitakaa on January 11th, 2013 04:54 am (UTC)
I've followed this tutorial and everything works smoothly except that my caps look like this:

Is there a way to fix this?
Jill aka Josireesanwar on April 28th, 2015 12:43 am (UTC)
I've been wondering about this... thank you so much!
(Anonymous) on October 7th, 2016 07:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you
Thanks a lot!!!