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#1 jimthehermit

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Posted 20 December 2014 - 03:18 AM

After putting a computer screen on a set, I realized I'd been looking at and using the default image for a long time.

To get a new one, all you have to do is press The Print Screen button (usually around the F12 key) and an image will be created of whatever is on your (real-life) computer screen.

Then open Paint and press Ctrl + V to paste
Save as a bitmap or jpeg and load it into your movie.

Presto, a custom made screen!

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 10:05 PM

QUOTE (jimthehermit @ Dec 20 2014, 3:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
After putting a computer screen on a set, I realized I'd been looking at and using the default image for a long time.

To get a new one, all you have to do is press The Print Screen button (usually around the F12 key) and an image will be created of whatever is on your (real-life) computer screen.

Then open Paint and press Ctrl + V to paste
Save as a bitmap or jpeg and load it into your movie.

Presto, a custom made screen!


I've used the screen capture function a LOT when using MS. For example, if I need a color for a texture, I will simply take a screenshot of the color using a basic writing program quickly, or even grab a texture from something online. It's also a great way to simply add in images like for a picture frame or even for a mask. In fact, my desktop is usually littered with screenshots that i have used for a ton of projects. Alsoa great way to share what you are working on right now with social media! Great tip!
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Posted 03 January 2015 - 11:19 PM

QUOTE (jimthehermit @ Dec 20 2014, 3:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
After putting a computer screen on a set, I realized I'd been looking at and using the default image for a long time.

To get a new one, all you have to do is press The Print Screen button (usually around the F12 key) and an image will be created of whatever is on your (real-life) computer screen.

Then open Paint and press Ctrl + V to paste
Save as a bitmap or jpeg and load it into your movie.

Presto, a custom made screen!

It's good. I use Ctrl + Print . Open Paint> Ctrl+V and Save as
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#4 primaveranz

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 11:20 PM

If you only want a particular window or pop-up dialogue box to be included from your screen hold down "Alt" while pressing "Print Screen". It saves having to cut it out of the full screen image.

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Posted 04 January 2015 - 01:55 AM

QUOTE (primaveranz @ Jan 3 2015, 11:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you only want a particular window or pop-up dialogue box to be included from your screen hold down "Alt" while pressing "Print Screen". It saves having to cut it out of the full screen image.



Cool, I didn't know about that

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Posted 05 January 2015 - 05:22 AM

I would use this method to get a screenshot of my Moviestorm movie for a thumbnail or thread post or even to display on something within the movie such as a phone image. I eventually figured out the best way to get a high quality image of something in your movie was to set the camera to shoot the image and then render out to custom individual jpg images. You only need a second of video or less to a bunch of images to choose from.

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Posted 05 January 2015 - 12:57 PM



Also, there are lots of screen shot and/or video capturing tools out there, most of them with rather convenient though limited editing and annotating capabilities included.
One of them, apparently free is GreenShot. I have no experience with it, since I use FastStone Capture, a very valuable tool at work for documentation purposes.

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