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Subject:Re: Importance of video card for screen captures From:Scott McClare <smcclare -at- DY4 -dot- COM> Date:Mon, 22 Mar 1999 16:20:31 -0500
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> Subject: Importance of video card for screen captures
> How important is the video card for the quality of screen captures? Any
> recommendations for the best kind of card for a 17" monitor for screen
> capture purposes, if it is important?
The size of the monitor and the resolution of the display make no difference
to screen captures, IF the details you want to capture will fit on the
The video card has to be capable of displaying at least as many colours as
you want the screen capture to show. For example, if you need to capture a
window containing a true-colour graphic, and your video card is presently
only displaying (or only capable of) 16 colours, then any screen shots you
take are going to be only 16 colours until you change the colour depth or
upgrade the card.
Scott McClare - Technical Writer
DY 4 Systems Inc., Kanata, Ontario, Canada
(613) 599-9199 x502 smcclare -at- dy4 -dot- com
Opinions are my own