Blank media player capture

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Hardware acceleration causes blank captures

Screen captures and recordings of media players, like Windows Media Player, may turn out blank, transparent or motionless if the media is displayed on a "hardware accelerated overlay layer".


Turning off hardware acceleration

One trick to capture this media is to force off hardware acceleration. Here are some tricks for doing that.

Turn off the media player's acceleration


Use a different media player, such as the VideoLAN player:


Turn off acceleration globally.


After turning off hardware acceleration, re-record the media.


Other tricks

Search the media player for a save function, including the right-click context menu.


Try setting the playback to full screen.


Use the Windows aero glass interface.