Q. As a present for a wedding anniversary, my children took many of our slides and put together a great VHS tape for us. Unfortunately, in the process one of the important slides was misplaced.
I need some help in my efforts to recapture it from the VHS tape. I can copy the tape onto a DVD. However, I cannot capture the desired photo from that DVD.
Is there a way to do this? Do I need some special program? I have a Mac with the Leopard operating system.
J.K., Virginia Beach, Va.
A. Copying pictures from a DVD can be quite complicated, says Bob Chandler, president of MacVantage, a Raleigh, N.C., IT firm.
Fortunately, 4Media makes a product that will do exactly what you need, he said. The software, DVD Frame Capture, lets you capture still images in a variety of formats while playing a DVD.
The software is available as a free download; a license for it costs $25. To learn more or download the software, visit www.mp4converter.net and look for DVD Frame Capture in the list of software on the right. It appears that the software is not available for PC users.
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