Q: We have a DVD that was created in 2008 of about 180 pictures. The pictures were prints that were scanned into a computer and then they were put together and then burned onto a DVD (all done by one of our daughters). … We would like to retrieve the individual pictures from the DVD so we can organize/edit/copy them and add other pictures all on a stick memory device. I was told to turn off the Windows media program, which I did. When then trying to open the file, it tries to open with Windows Photo Viewer but says file is a DVD file. Anyway, is there a way to retrieve the individual pictures from this old DVD so that I can process them as pictures (like jpg files)? ~ Bruce and Linda Law
Tech+ The easiest way? Ask your daughters to see if they still have the photos on a computer. But I’m assuming you’ve done this.
The ease of extracting photos from a disc will depend on how your daughters created the slide show. If it’s a typical DVD format, it won’t be easy.
But let’s check that first. Put the DVD into your Windows computer. A notification should pop up asking what do you want to do with it? Options are based on the type of content on the disc, so an audio disk may say “Play songs” while a disk with images may say “Import photos.”
If you’re not getting a notification, you’ll need to turn on “AutoPlay” settings. This can be found under Windows system settings, under the “Notifications & actions” option. Or type “AutoPlay” into Windows search and follow instructions.
You may need to associate file types with a specific program, so Windows Photo Viewer won’t try to open video files. To do this, open Windows settings, then select “System,” and then “Default Apps.” This leads to a page where you pick programs for types of files, like email, maps or music. For other file types, scroll down and select “Choose default apps by file type” to get very specific file formats.
Alternatively, find the DVD folder on your PC. Use the “File Explorer” to locate the DVD drive (often the D: drive). Right click the icon to open the folder. If you left-click, it may launch the slide show.
In the window, you should see all the available files. If your daughters stored all the photos on the disc, then hopefully you’ll see a folder with the collection of images.
But if the main folders are “Audio_TS” and “Video_TS” then this is a regular DVD movie format. You won’t be able to extract the images, at least not easily.
The hard way to get those images is to essentially, take a picture or screen shot of each one and save it to your computer.
But an easier DIY way to do this is use a program like the free VLC Media Player, available at videolan.org/vlc. When your slide show is playing in VLC, pause on each photo, go to VLC’s “Video” tab and press “Take a snapshot.” This takes a screenshot of the image and stores it on your computer (the default folder is My DocumentsMy Pictures). It also defaults to a .png photo format. To change it to JPG format or to change where the images are saved, go to VLC’s “Preferences” and select “Video.” Look for the “Video snapshots” to tweak format and storage location. More information is available on VLC’s FAQ page.
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