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Does anyone know how I can play a video in wmp, pause it, and then save the frame that I have paused on as an image file (like bitmap or jpeg)?

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There are many ways to do what you want. I am not an expert but I did stay at a Holliday Inn.
Actually if you have a photo editing program like Paintshop Pro (which is what I have) you can use a tool that allows you to take a "snapshot" of your screen. Just pause your video then open up your photo editor look for your "snapshot" tool or whatever it is called in the program that you are using then go back to your WMP (still paused) and do your snapshot.
If you don't know where your snapshot is or how to use it, look in your "online help" menu (all programs should have one) and look for something that looks like it will do what you want (screenshot).
I am afraid that is all I can say at this time, I hope it was of some help. I am sure someone will come along with better information than I just gave.
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You don't even need to pause it, if your keyboard has a Print Screen button, you just have to press this key at the right moment. This saves it to the clipboard. If you then open Paintshop, Photoshop, Irfan View or whatever you just need to click on Paste. - for when you fancy a debate or a quiet chat.
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As far as Windows Media is concerned, you can obtain Image Captures from a DVD. First, Pause the DVD at the precise screen you wish to capture. Then all you need to do is Click onto "View" and select "DVD Features" from the drop down menu. From there just click onto "Image Capture." That should do the trick!!

Just for clarity, "View" is located on the Windows Media Player in the greyed out area along with "File", "Play", "Tools" and "Help".
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I site for all your video needs is this one. (don't let 'em know I told ya!)
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1. Pause Windows Media Player at the frame you wish to capture.

2. Depress the Alt key and then "Print Screen" key so they are both depressed at the same time. This will copy just the Windows Media Application window image to the system clipboard (or the image for any other application that has focus). Depressing the “Print Screen” key without depressing the Alt key will copy the entire screen to the clipboard.

3. Run an image program, such as "Paint", and use the "Paste" menu to copy the application window image to the paint program window.

4. You’ll probably want to use the image editor to cut just the video windows portion of the image. Read the documentation for your editor program to do that.

4. Save the image to a file. For most image editors, you use the “File / Save” menu item or “File / Save as…” menu item to save the image.

"Alt-PrintScreen" won't get the image you want if Windows Media Player is using your graphics card's "overlay" mode to display the video image. The video portion of the application window will then be blank (all one color). You will have to disable "overlay" mode for this to work. If you do this, be sure to enable overlay mode afterwards since it usually improves video graphics performance.
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