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Taking screenshots from old DOS demos / intros

category: general [glöplog]
I just spent the last hour hunting for good screen capture program for DOS but found none. Any suggestions which program to use for taking screenshots from the golden oldies?
added on the 2001-09-07 11:35:13 by melw melw
i wish surfsmurf could hack that feature in his gx00 vbe driver...
added on the 2001-09-07 11:49:34 by _-_-__ _-_-__
I believe with PCX Dump you will do a great job. VideoThief is also nice, although a bit confusing to use.
added on the 2001-09-07 12:11:44 by zafos zafos
VideoThief worked really well.. Succeeded in taking screenshots from five COMA demos/intros which were mission impossible to some other screecapture softwares.

Thanks for the tips, everybody!
added on the 2001-09-10 11:12:46 by melw melw
melw: vthief is ace tool.. well, what else can you expect from a russian programmer?.. 8))
added on the 2001-09-10 13:08:20 by bhead bhead
On the downside, vthief saves in its own format, so you have to run an extra program just to get it into bmp. So I always try screen thief before vthief, and set the capture key to one key instead of Ctrl-Alt-whatever.
added on the 2001-09-10 14:31:41 by phoenix phoenix
Hmm. Default screen cap key in Vthief is F12 and after taking dozen on screenshots I don't mind going them all through with the second program + saving them in .bmp format (vtview or something).

Well, basicly use whatever you like or works best. I guess it doesn't matter how all the screenshots end up to Pouet.net. :)
added on the 2001-09-10 20:09:51 by melw melw
VideoThief is really a great program... I even managed to snag some pics from X14 and Renaissance's Black Glass 2 (although the latter one was just a one-timer, so I'll wait with posting it to see if anyone can do better :) )...
added on the 2001-09-11 19:27:22 by fractalgp fractalgp
btw; if a demo hangs when VideoThief is loaded, try to experiment with the /p option... Also assigning the capture-key to ESC (scan code 0x01) is a good trick...
added on the 2001-09-11 19:28:22 by fractalgp fractalgp
Now, this is a subject I was really in for years because of my scene book project. There is a hardware card named Action Replay for PC, which is capable of making screenshots. Unfortunately, this product is discontinued since 1995.
added on the 2001-09-13 22:57:30 by tomcat tomcat
videothief ruuuulzzzzz!!!!
added on the 2001-09-14 22:38:46 by tomcat tomcat
btw; does anyone know if there exists a newer version than 0.07? Also, am I the only one with the problem that it hangs if I have EMM386 loaded?
added on the 2001-09-16 20:45:22 by fractalgp fractalgp
No, there's no newer version. Anyway, if you're using EMM386 that makes me feel that you aren't trying to capture from demos, since a very few use EMS, but games. For this purpose I better recommend Screen Thief.
added on the 2001-09-19 11:53:49 by tomcat tomcat
actually, there are some demos that require emm. like uneatable/coexistence and once/acme.
added on the 2001-09-19 15:23:35 by fractalgp fractalgp
I wonder why do you need screenshots. For Pouet?
added on the 2001-09-23 15:19:39 by tomcat tomcat
ATH500: Does that really work for old DOS demos too? Seems to be more for Windows software.
added on the 2006-10-29 19:13:33 by Sverker Sverker
hmmmmm I don't know.
added on the 2006-10-29 19:14:45 by ATH500 ATH500
Why don't you use DOSBox? It lets you make screenshots and even videos...
added on the 2006-10-29 19:50:56 by raer raer
because it's only 2001 yet.
rarefluid: Some newer demos that use funky screen modes don't work...
added on the 2006-10-29 19:53:19 by Sverker Sverker
someone started reviving copses again. I always fail to notice....
added on the 2006-10-29 20:04:09 by raer raer
magic is dead :)
added on the 2006-10-29 20:26:01 by elkmoose elkmoose


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