Windows Media Classic is an old version of Windows Media Player. Microsoft does not support Media Player Classic, but it is still available for download. It does not have the advanced features of newer Media Player versions, but some users find its simple, uncluttered interface appealing. One unique feature of Media Player Classic is its ability to capture multiple screenshots from a video at the click of a button and save them to a single image file.
Download Media Player Classic (see Resources).
Double-click the downloaded file. Media Player Classic will play. It does not require installation.
Click "File" and select "Open File."
Click "Browse" and navigate to your video.
Click "OK," and Media Player Classic will open the video. Click "Play" to play the video.
Click "Pause" at the point where you want to capture screenshots from the video.
Click "View" and select "Options." The Options window will open. Click "VM9 (windowed)" to select that option. Click "OK" to close the Options window.
Click "File" and select "Save Thumbnails." This will open a "Save As" window containing folders on your hard drive.
Locate the text boxes named "Rows" and "Columns" at the bottom of the screen. Each box will contain the number 4. If you use this default value, Media Player Classic will create an image grid containing four rows and four columns. Each element in the grid will contain a scene from the video. To create a grid with different rows and columns, change the value to a different number.
Enter a name for your output file in the "File Name" box and click "Save." Media Player Classic will capture screenshots of the video and save them to a JPEG file.
Tips & Warnings
- If you want greater image resolution, choose "PNG" or "BMP" as the save type in the "Save As" window.