Capturing Movie Screenshots with KMPlayer

April 4, 2011, By Christian Cawley

There are many video players available to playback the vast amount of movie clips that can be downloaded from the web – but taking screenshots or screen captures from these movies is a little trickier.

Having this ability is particularly useful if you want to spend time going through a movie or TV show trailer, for instance, looking for hints.

Sadly Windows Media Player doesn’t feature a tool for capturing frames from a movie and VLC only features a standardized single frame capture. While there are other ways of capturing several frames using VLC, these seem to change from version to version.

However there is a tool that can be used reliably to capture any number of frames as still images. KMPlayer features an easy-to-use interface that makes it possible to capture enough images from a movie clip to satisfy any requirement.

Capturing Movie Screenshots with KMPlayer

Downloading KMPlayer

Available from kmplayer.en.softonic.com, KMPlayer is a free application that is designed to playback media files in a variety of formats. The philosophy is really the same as that of VLC, featuring a small resource footprint and support for many different media file types.

The download file is just 281 Kb, and once run will proceed to install the software from the Softonic website – as such you will need an open Internet connection. Watch out also for a screen where the installer will ask if you want to install some unnecessary browser toolbars. Make sure you make the decision that suits you here rather than just going with the default options.

Capturing Movie Screenshots in KMPlayer

Once installed you will be able to launch the application from Start > All Programs > The KMPlayer > KMPlayer.

Using the Open File(s)… button on the lower-right of the display window (or by right-clicking anywhere on the player and selecting Open File(s)…) you can find the movie clip that you want to take screen captures from.

KMPlayer features extensive configuration settings and features that can be used to create screen captures based on a variety of timing options, and these are accessed via the Tools button on the main player. From here choose Playback Controls > ETC and use the Capture > Advanced option to open the screen capture controls.

Various options are available – to start with use the Extract to: field to browse to a location where you want to save your output to. In Windows 7 this will default to C:\Users\[USERNAME]\Documents\The KMPlayer\Capture\ button. You can also set a prefix for your captured images.

Under Image format select from Bitmap (for fast captures), JPEG or PNG (slower captures) and note that the Quality slider can be used on any option except Bitmap.

Under the Numbers to extract section you can opt to capture images continuously, or use the default option of Number(s), where 1 is selected; this will capture one image. Meanwhile in the Frames to extract section you can choose between capturing Every Frame, every X number of frames or every X milliseconds. For instance, capturing every frame in 60 seconds of footage will result in around 1500 captures, so you might set KMPlayer to capture every 12 frames, which is about two per second.

With KMplayer you will be able to capture images from a variety of video file types and share with friends.

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