KDE VLC Snapper

KDE VLC Snapper is a small PyKDE4 based program to perform automated screencapping of DVD chapters or movie files. It is based on the VLC Python bindings.

I created this program to quickly get a number of screenshots from a movie stream so I could post them to my blog.


  • Python (2.6 and 2.7 should work reliably)

  • distribute

  • PyKDE4

  • VLC 1.1.x

  • dvdread and lsdvd (used for DVD chapter screencapping)

  • numpy (optional)


The currently available version is 0.1.

You can download the latest source from KDE-apps.org or access the the Git repository on GitHub:

git clone git://github.com/cswegger/kde-vlc-snapper.git


Untar the archive, and run:

python setup.py install

as root. Supply the –prefix option if you want to install to a specific prefix (default /usr/local).


Simply select your media file or DVD chapter, set the number of required screencaps and the destination directory and click on Capture.

Known issues

  • Some media files make the program crash (hard to debug)


This program is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2, or at your option, any later version.


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