Exporting still images

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Reader Bob Trudeau seeks a solution for pulling still images from his QuickTime movies. He writes:

I have video clips in AVI format that play perfectly well using Quicktime Player. However, I can’t find instructions anywhere on how to get a snapshot or still photo from the video clips. Any thoughts?


If you have the $29 professional version of QuickTime you can simply pull up the frame you want to capture, choose File -> Export, and, in the Save Exported File As dialog box that appears, choose Movie to BMP from the Export pop-up menu. Alternatively, you can choose Movie to Picture from this same pop-up menu, click the Options button, and then choose a different graphics format from the Compression Type pop-up menu in the resulting Compression Settings dialog box.

If you have the free version of QuickTime Player you can grab that still image by pressing Command-C to copy, opening Preview, and then choosing File -> New From Clipboard. Save the file and in the resulting sheet, choose the format you’d like to save it in from the Format pop-up menu.

Finally, you can always resort to a screen shot. Just press Shift-Command-4 and use the selection cursor that appears to draw a marquee around the frame. When you let go of the mouse button, the selected area will be captured as a .png file, saved to the Desktop.

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