Screencapping with VLC

This is going to depend on the version. I use 2.2.1, and I know only some small things regarding the interface have changed since version 2.0.0 at least (text file of capping with that here).

  1. Start VLC
  2. Open Tools -> Preferences
  3. Choose "All" in the bottom of the left column.

  4. Click the small "arrows" to open "Video" and then "Filters".

  5. Scroll down and click "Scene filter".

  6. I cap in png and convert to jpg afterwards (with BulkImage Converter http://sourceforge.net/projects/bulkimageconver/) for better quality, but pick either image format. (See figure above for where to set image format, width, height, etc.)

    Then set Image width and height to whatever your source is. DVD is 1024 x 576.

    Pick a good filename prefix, like "the episode title"_ In my example above I prefix each cap with FirstStrike_ since that is the name of the episode.

    Pick where to store the caps on the computer (I picked the directory Caps on the C drive in the example above - you need to create the directory first).

    Set capping ratio. I use about 10 (so a cap for every 10th frame) for episodes, but it usually varies between about 10-15. Larger number gives fewer caps but also smaller risk that the computer's graphics card overloads and drops frames (which gives black/defective caps).

  7. Save
  8. Close VLC
  9. Now you need to open a command window (or whatever it is called) for starting VLC from command line.
    1. Click "Start"/The windows symbol in the corner (not sure how to do this in Window 8 + 10).
    2. Type in "cmd" in the Search field. When it shows up in the list, click it to start a command window.
    3. Now you need to find out where VLC is installed. The easiest way is to right-click the short-cut on the desktop or in the windows menu. Pick "Properties" at the bottom of the list that pops up. Under "Shortcut" which is one of the tabs, and which should be showing, there is a "Target". Mark all _except_ for the program itself (vlc.exe) with the mouse and copy.
    4. Now go to the command line window and type

      cd

      and a space, but no enter yet. Right-click and paste. Click enter.

      You should now be in the right directory.
    5. Start vlc with the scene filter chosen. No idea why it needs the rest of the command (-V dummy), but it does:

      vlc --video-filter scene -V dummy

      and click enter.
  10. In VLC, open your file, or the DVD/Blue-Ray. If it is the latter, you need to use

    Media -> Open Disc

    and then pick title + chapter. This can be tricky, since menus and stuff are counted as titles and chapters too, but usually first episode is Title = 1 and chapter = 1.

    Otherwise, you can just open a VLC window normally and find title/chapter by trial and error (in capping mode, which you enter by typing the above stuff on the command line, it will not show the movie). Or you can use Windows Media Player to find title/chapter (since it lists the titles and chapters for what it plays), if you are on a Windows computer.
I hope this helped and you get some awesome caps!