by Timothy Paul Brown, Host of My Apple Podcast, 12/27/2017
When you capture amazing video footage, you may also find that you have some masterful single frame images embedded inside. If you want to grab a photo from your video, you have a number of easy options at your disposal when using your Mac or iOS devices.
Capture 5 video snapshots using your Mac
With the right software and a few handy tricks, you have multiple options at your disposal for capturing snapshots from videos while using your Mac.
As a native application, iMovie is a logical place to go for creating video snapshots. Once you've added a video to your timeline and selected a frame, choose the share icon in the top right corner and then select the "Image" icon.
The native Photos app for the Mac provides a quick and easy solution for image captures. Select a video in your library, and then select the settings icon by the media player controls. From the pop-up menu select "export frame to pictures."
Camtasia is a screen recording application with advanced video editing features. Among the many export options, you can save a screenshot by going to "Share" and "Export Frame As."
Similar to Camtasia, Screenflow records your computer screen, and incorporates Facetime videos and annotations into your projects. Capturing snapshots is a cinch. Simply go to "File" and "Save Frame."
VideoToolbox is a pretty handy tool for adding metadata to your videos, including the option to create snapshots. To grab an image, scrub through the footage along the bottom and then select the "save" icon.
Capture 5 video snapshots using your iOS device
If you prefer to go mobile, you can still capture images from videos relatively fast on your iPhone or iPad.
Video 2 Photo by Francis Bonnin
Video 2 Photo (one of the first of its kind) offers a steadfast approach to capturing images from your videos. Import a video from your camera role or iTunes File Sharing and scroll through your frames using the slider below. Select the frame you want and save it to your desired location.
LumaFusion by LumaTouch
LumaFusion, formerly known as Pinnacle Studio, is an advanced video editor for iOS. Snaps can be pulled from any video project by selecting the share icon and choosing "snapshot."
Video to Photo Grabber by Shenzhen Socusoft Co., Ltd
Resembling the interface long established by Bonnin, Video2Photo offers another simple solution for snapping images from videos. Import a video, scroll through your footage, tap an image and presto! Your done.
Perfect Pic captures photos and creates slow-mo videos. Designed with a smooth user interface, photos are easily captured by scrolling across the frames like a flip-book. Select the image you want and click "share."
SnapStill by Magic App Factory, LLC
SnapStill provides another easy spin on getting snaps from videos in a flash. Choose record or snap, select faces at the top or scroll through footage along the bottom. Select the share button and viola!
Whether you have a Mac or an iOS device, these applications offer quick and easy solutions for grabbing snaps of your videos. Try them out for yourselves and see what works best for you.