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As you've noted, it's not possible with a DVD from within Director.
With a QuickTime file you can open a MIAW, place a sprite on-stage whose member.directToStage = 0 and grab window.image. You don't need to explicitly open() the window to get its image, or you can open it but somewhere offscreen - assuming you need to do this at runtime and don't want your suers to see this happening.
Great idea - I will report back once it's done.
Well that worked great so thanks. I now have an image from a Quicktime file in my cast.
All I need is to work out what exists for DVD frame extraction...
ok, so I shell out to the command line version of ffmpeg then? I can
deal with that. But first to check out the licensing issues.
Thanks for your help