If you want to take screenshots with mplayer it is very simple. First of all, add
-vf screenshot to the command line.
% mplayer -vf screenshot ~/videos/goldrake/goldrake_-_18_-_passagio_segreto.avi
Then, to take a single shot, make sure that the mplayer window is active (move the mouse over it if you are using sloppy focus) and press ‘s’. That will save the file as
shot00001.png (assuming there were no previous screenshots in the current directory). The next time you press ‘s’ the file name will be
shot00002.png and so on.
If you want to take continuous screenshots instead then press ‘S’ (shift+s). To stop taking shots, press ‘S’ again. Warning, this will create a lot of pictures in a very short time. Don’t leave this running for too long unless you have loads of hard disk space.
This post is dedicated to all those people who are too lazy to RTFM (
man mplayer in this case).