How to take a screenshot (screen capture) on ATV 2nd Gen

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I have jailbroken my ATV Gen 2, and installed aTV Flash (black).

Can anyone tell me how to take a screenshot of my ATV's screen?

I don't see any option to install a VNC server, which would let me connect to the ATV from my Mac and take the screenshot on my Mac.

I see in nitoTV there's an option to install "Screen Capture", which I did, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to access that app or use it. I can't find any documentation or user guides on it anywhere here.

How is everyone else taking screenshots of ATV screens?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Re: How to take a screenshot (screen capture) on ATV 2nd Gen

Okay, I found how to do this.

  1. Jailbreak
  2. Install aTV Flash (black)
  3. Install nitoTV
  4. Install 'screencapture' (through nitoTV)
  5. Follow the instructions below   

Taking Screenshots

A lot of people have been asking about this, and I thought/hoped there would be a more elegant solution at this point, but since there isnt i'm putting up instructions for how i do it.

  1. SSH in: ssh root@Apple-TV.local (or ssh root@ipaddress, e.g. ssh root@192.168.3.61)
  2. At this point typing in screencapture SHOULD save Screenshot.png to root. If it does not you may need to change ownership on root via: chown mobile:staff ./
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Re: How to take a screenshot (screen capture) on ATV 2nd Gen

It's actually quite a bit simpler now.

I've updated your post with the steps that are currently required.

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Re: How to take a screenshot (screen capture) on ATV 2nd Gen
james wrote:

It's actually quite a bit simpler now.

I've updated your post with the steps that are currently required.

Thanks. For some reason the forum kept screwing up my comment formatting, and I couldn't change it.

I followed all the steps from my original post to get screencapture working and did work, but glad to know it's not required anymore. Easier is definitely better.

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Re: How to take a screenshot (screen capture) on ATV 2nd Gen

There used to be a way better way. I am a aTV Flash (black) customer, happy with the product. But: For some job reason I needed screenshots from a black ATV before installing aTV Flash (black). It used to work with tethered and untethered jailbroken ATVs before running aTV Flash (black). After jailbreak i just ran (in terminal)

ssh root@<IP-AppleTV>
apt-get update
apt-get install com.whatanutbar.exposed
killall -9 AppleTV

When having a tethered jailbreak I just had to boot tethered again then use a regular VNC client on my Mac to connect and do the screenshots. I'm still able to run and install the VNC server (whatanutbar.exposed version 0.6-2), but this one does not seem to work with iOS 5.1 any longer. This would be my favorite one.

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Re: How to take a screenshot (screen capture) on ATV 2nd Gen
james wrote:

It's actually quite a bit simpler now.

I've updated your post with the steps that are currently required.

Hmm, I get: -sh: screencapture: command not found

Any ideas?

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Re: How to take a screenshot (screen capture) on ATV 2nd Gen

Where can I find the Screenshot? I tried taking ownership with "chown mobile:staff ./", but there's nothing in the root folder,

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