How to Take Snapshots of Videos in VLC Player

VLC is one of the best video players on the internet with so many excellent features. And now, you can take the screenshots of your favorite movies and tv shows. First of all, download and install VLC Media Player.

Open Vlc Player and play the movie or show. To take a snapshot, go to Video > Snapshot.


Once you take the snapshot, it will display the location of the saved snapshot on the screen.


By default, when you take the snapshot in VLC player, it saves the file in PNG format. But you can change the format as well. To change the format, go to Tools > Snapshots and change the format under Video Snapshot section. Change the format from PNG to JPG and click OK.


You can even take the snapshot with just one click as well. To use this, you have to enable the Advanced Controls option in VLC. In order to enable Advanced Control options, go to View > Advanced Controls.


Once enabled, you will see some buttons near the playback slider in VLC. All you have to do is click on the camera button and it will take the snapshot of the video.


And you are done. If you like this, you may want to check out our guide on how to assign shortcut keys in VLC media player.

Do drop in your comments with your views and opinions on VLC player.


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Victor Doss August 1, 2010

Wonderful answer. Thank you

Victor Doss August 1, 2010

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Kumar April 18, 2013

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vaibhavi rajput August 14, 2013

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