Automatically create screencaps using VLC Media Player
This is my first tutorial, so let me know if you have any questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and I will update the guide accordingly. If this guide doesn't work for newer ersions of VLC please let me know.
- Download the latest version of VLC Media Player (vlc-1.1.4-win32 at the time of the tutorial creation) from their official website!
- After you've installed VLC Media Player open it. In the toolbar menu select Tools => Preferences.
- Now at the bottom left under the pretty "easy mode" menu select "All" under "Show Settings"
- Now when the new menu on the left shows use the + signs and select Video => Output Modules => Scene Filter
- On this screen you will select the settings the automated screencaps will use.
I personally like to create a nice filename prefix for the screencaps in order to save me
work later in terms of website SEO purposes or just for plain good organization.
Image_34523452 isn't a very good description now is it? Also pay attention to the
Recording Ratio wich controls how often the automated screencaps will be created. The default
setting of 50 works well if you want a shot of every scene. 1 will get you almost
every frame (shit-tons fyi on long movies). Make sure you have plenty of free
hard drive space before you begin also.
- After all your settings are put in hit save and close VLC.
- Now open a command prompt. For XP Hits Start => Run and then type in CMD. For Windows 7 just type CMD in the search field in the start menu.
Now you will need to navigate to the directory that you installed VLC.
Defaults are C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC or C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC depending on your operating system.
cd = change directory
.. = previous directory
dir = list directory folders
Type CD C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC
When you finally get to the folder that you installed VLC in then you only need to put in this last command
- vlc --video-filter scene –V dummy
Your screen will look similar to this
- If you didn't mess up than VLC will open. All you need to do now is open the
movie/video you want to automatically create screencaps of and hit play. VLC
Media Player will then start playing the movie and will put all the screencaps
in your My Documents => Photos Folder. You won't see the video when the movie is
playing, but you will hear the sound. In order to mute the sound in the menu select Audio => Mute.
I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial! If this helped you and you'd like to buy me a beer than please donate using paypal or at least hit the facbook like button up top or maybe click somewhere else ;)!
PS- By default the screencaps will goto your pictures folder in your documents folder.