Capture a video screen shot as a project aid

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Blog entry by stanley2 posted 07-16-2011 05:58 PM 1160 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been quiet for a long time on this forum but have been active in the shop. Having met Sam Maloof 6 months before his passing and wanting to replicate his iconic rocker since first seeing it in FWW issue #42 back in 1983, I am making it now using Charles Brock’s instructions including dvd. The video is full of critical information that is not covered in Brock’s manual (understandably so) and being a senior my memory is often lacking.

I’m using Cyberlink Power DVD to view the dvd on my computer. It has a screen capture function that is perfect for capturing the image as a jpeg. I keep these images in a folder and can either print them as 4×6 photos or download the entire folder on my ITouch to have with me in the shop. As you proceed through the video and see a point you must remember, simply hit the pause button and then the capture button. Before doing this I set up a folder in My Pictures – Rocker Photos where these captured screens are filed.

Needless to say this has been a boon to my progress with the chair and has application for any project which is based in any way on a video. It has certainly saved me from creating more waste wood than normal.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#1 posted 07-16-2011 06:26 PM

I print various views of projects that I design in Sketchup, that are complete with dimensions. These are all shop projects so far. They are complex, and views with part of the elements hidden is essential.

This is different in so far as it isn’t a video I am printing, but otherwise the concept is the same.

The pictures of Sam’s chairs are really spectacular. Best of luck on your chair, must be a lot of fun….....

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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