Monday, May 16, 2022

Streaming screenshots

If you use a Mac, you may have noticed that it’s no longer possible to take a screenshot with commercial streaming services. With Safari it's been impossible for some time. And now it’s the same with the Brave browser — there’s just a black rectangle where a screenshot should be.

I cannot find a Safari extension that will bring screenshots back. But there is a fix with Brave: add the Chrome extension Screenshot Tool.

I would guess that this extension works with Chrome itself, but I don’t (won’t) use Chrome. If anyone can verify that Screenshot Tool works there, please do. And if anyone has a fix for Safari, please share.

I’ve found little discussion of this problem — and no solutions — online, so I hope this post is helpful to some movie fanatic somewhere.

comments: 6

Frex said...

I always take screenshots with my MacBook's keyboard: command + shift + 4
Does that work for you?
Are screenshot apps better?

Frex = Fresca

Michael Leddy said...

Fresca, I use that all the time, but it won’t work to get a screenshot from a commercial streaming services. If I try to get a screenshot from the Criterion Channel or Hulu, I just get a black box.

Michael Leddy said...

TCM (Turner Classics) too.

I’ve never had a need for a screenshot app, but my screenshot needs are pretty simple. This extension is only to defeat whatever it is that won’t let me screenshot a movie.

Fresca said...

Ah, I see.

joecab said...

If you can play it in something like VLC, you can take the screen cap that way. It might require changing it into another format.

Michael Leddy said...

That’d make things easy, but I don’t think there’s a way to play something from a streaming service through VLC.