#546 PNG screenshots

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2007-06-08
2007-06-08
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While there is a need to be able to take screenshots in a lossless format, BMP is a horrible format. While BMP does have a speed advantage over most other lossless formats (which can be very important when taking screenshots of video, especially when you want multiple shots in quick succession), a PNG with a compression level of 1 is just as fast, but makes a file less than half the size. It is also more standardized & more compatible than BMP.

Discussion

  • Daniel Beardsmore

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    As a workaround for now, you could always snag a copy of BMP2PNG, and set up a custom Explorer action for .bmp files that sends the selected item to BMP2PNG. (I have a second such action that sends a PNG file to OptiPNG for optimisation.)

    When you're done snapping, select all the files, right-click, Convert to PNG. Watch as a million BMP2PNG windows open and marvel at how Explorer handles multiple selections ;) (If you want a proper multiple selection action, put a shortcut to BMP2PNG into your Send To folder -- Send To sends all arguments to one process.)

     
  • memegui

    memegui - 2007-11-15

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    Yeah, since MPC is used so much for viewing anime a JPEG and PNG screenshot option is in order.
    Also sometimes screenshots can't be taken for some reason unlike WMP and VLC.

     
  • Daniel Beardsmore

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    I strongly suggest you file problems with taking screenshots as a new bug. However, when you do so, consider -- are you getting an error message telling you that the frame couldn't be captured (some weird message you get sometimes), is it capturing the wrong frame and then rewinding back to the one it took (a problem if your PC is too slow), or do you get no picture at all? If you're using a video overlay channel, you may get an empty screenshot, since the video is being drawn separately by the video card -- Windows doesn't get to see it. You need to be more specific.

     

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