Video Capture, Still Image

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Ron Jackson
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What is the best way to capture a still image from a Quicktime Movie?

There seem to be various bits of software on offer out there. I wonder if anyone can recommend something or, indeed, whether it is possible without anything "bespoke",

Ron

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Open the film in MPEG Streamclip then Export Frame.

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Derek Langford
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John

You don't specify what quality that you require together with what you are aiming at for the final product is to be used for, this together if you want an specific frame from the movie or a frame that is one of many.

Depending on the above, there are several options that will give you the results that you require.

The simplest and if you are not wanting an exact frame(although this maybe possible) Is to run the quicktime movie on your computor and stop it at the required position, then do a screenprint using the Prt Sc button on your keyboard. Having captured the screenprint copy it to any photoghaphic processing software from a programme as simple as paint supplied as an accessory with windows to photoshop and then crop the picture to include the required area then save the resultant file. This will give a reasonable result.

Should you wish to be more accurate then loading it into video editing software then taking a snapshot of the frame that you require will provide the same result. I also think that this can be done in photoshop extended but i have never tried as if I have the quicktime file I would load it into my editing software and use the snapshot function.

I hope that this helps!!

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Claire
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The problem with a screen capture is that it limits the resolution to whatever size your desktop resolution is.

To extract a full size, full resolution still from the movie you can do this entirely with Quicktime player, though you might need to register it to the pro version (cheap).

Then you can simply click on the player window and drag that particular frame to your desktop or some folder. The still image will be named MovieClipping.dib. It's a bitmap file, if you have any problem using it just rename the filename's suffix to ".bmp".

Alternatively you can click on the player window and press Crtl A to select all of the frame, Control C to copy it to Windows clipboard and Control V to paste it into any graphics program. However again this might be limited to the Pro version, not sure as I don't have a non pro version here.

Perhaps Derek's suggestion of using your NLE is the best option if you don't have QT Pro.

Claire

Ron Jackson
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Thanks all. I've tried both and they each work, as I would expect.

Ron Jackson