There are piracy issues involved here and I believe that is why you can't take a picture. Apple's DVD player is also set up to do this (you actually just get some sort of empty mask when you do - but it is very cool when you paste it as a desktop picture... DVD on the desktop!)
The CSS security protection prevents you from making screen shots. One of the criticisms of CSS is that it prevents "fair use"
``Fair use'' is the term to describe using video clips in presentations or taking a screen shot from the video and using it elsewhere. Since you purchase the media, what is there to say you are only allowed to sit down and watch it through?
The full product costs $50 but you can download the demo version for free. In the demo version, you can't play a movie for more than five minutes, but if you know what you want to capture, five minutes is enough to make a few screen shots.
Actually, even my registered version of WinDVD 3 used to take great screen shots, but I had to resize the end result from 720x480 to 852x480. The output file was a regular bitmap. I upgraded to WinDVD 4 and not only does it decode better, but the screen shots come out at the correct 852x480 resolution. I run the shots through PhotoShop and the end result is quite good.
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