What is the best way to take pictures of images on your TV?

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  1. Allan Mack

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    I'm trying to capture some stills from a movie which is in my DVD player which is hooked up to my direct-view 36-inch HD-ready TV. What is the best way to do this? I know a tripod is required, but don't know what shutter speed(s), aperture(s) and lighting condition(s) are best...
     
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    Worst comes to worst, you can always get a graphics card with "TV-capture."

    (for computer, of course...)

    -Bert
     
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    If the image is moving, try 1/30 second shutter speed. If it's fixed, slow it down to 1/15. These low speeds will ensure you catch the entire image scan, not half an image scan. On a progressive scan TV set, you may be able to get away with going as fast as 1/60 sec.

    You'll need to experiment a bit in order to find the best shutter speed. The shutter speed of most cameras is rarely calibrated properly even among the more expensive models.
     
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    Allan,

    For a number of reasons, what you are trying to do generally won't work very well and will just be frustrating. You are much better finding a way to get captures electronically and printing them if you want them that way.
     
  6. Mark C Sherman

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    Hey Allen here are some suggestions on how to take screen shot. All these are for use with a 35mm SLR

    a tripod

    A Cable release Or self timer

    100 speed film

    Make sure the room is dark

    Pause the movie on the best scene Focus on the TV.

    Set your exposure to 60th or 30th of a second. or just experiment with shutter speeds and F stops. maybe 30th at f2.0 or 3.5 or 5.6 try them all and one of them will work. It is better to slightly over expose the shot because you can always take away light from a picture you cant add it (underexposure)

    set the self timer. This will allow the camera to stop shaking. and then do it all again.

    I Used this method when I did a Photo shoot for Tweeter I guess they came out pretty good, they used my shots in TWICE magazine

    GOOD LUCK
     
  7. Allan Mack

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    Thanks for all the advice, everyone. I will try out these techniques...
     
  8. Kevin P

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    With my digital camera I'll take one picture with the flash and one without. Then I'll merge the TV image from the no-flash picture with the background from the flash picture. Works pretty well, especially if a tripod is used to take the two pictures.

    KJP
     

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