How to take video snapshot on Mac?

Couple of days ago, a user of this video converter wrote to us inquiring about whether it is possible to take snapshot of videos and save them as image files? If you are using the Mac version, you can create snapshot using this tool. We will guide you through below. Unfortunately this feature has been removed from the Windows version.

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How to take screenshot on Mac?

Almost all smartphones and computers allow users to take screenshots or capture screen. Mac OS X also offer the native support to screen capturing. So if you want to create still pictures from videos on Mac, you can play the video on Mac using a media player such as QuickTime player, then use Apple’s way to captue screen and thus you get images from the video.

Play the movie or video on Mac using QuickTime player, then pause at the frame you want to capture. You have two keyboard shortcuts to do capturing on Mac. You can either press the “Command+Shift+3” keys at the same time to capture a screen shot of your entire screen on Mac or press the “Command+Shift+4” keys to turn your mouse cursor into a very little crosshair. You can use this crosshair to select any portion of your display, capture it and save it in a screen shot image file. This method can help you take snapshot of any videos you can play on Mac, including MOV, MP4, M4V and so on. If your video player is powerful enough, you can virtually create still pictures from any videos on your Mac, such as AVI, MPEG, OGG, DivX, XviD, RM, MP4, M4V, MOV, WMV, etc.

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This sceen capture feature is built-in Mac, so you do not need any third party sceen capture or video snapshot tool. However it has its own disadvantages as well. For example, your video might be too big to be dislayed in full resolution or size, such as those UHD 4K content. Even the full-screen screenshot on Mac can’t help you. If the video is big, you may lose image quality as well. Check out below method to create video snapshot with full resolution and full image quality.

How to take video snapshot on Mac using the video converter?

Video snapshot is a hidden feature of the Video Converter Ultimate for Mac. To create pictures from video or convert videos to images on Mac, go to download the app below. Note that this is a premium app you have to pay to get full version without any limits, however you can use the free version to take video snapshots without any watermark or limits. That’s to say, it is totally free to use it to play videos, take video snapshots on your Mac.

Run the video converter from the Launchpad on your Mac. Then drag and drop videos from Finder to the video converter.

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Mouse on the video clip in the Video converter, the play icon shows above the video. Click on the play icon, you will then open the built-in video player within the video converter software. Play the video and pause until you find the frame you like to capture or drag the play process bar to quickly find any video frames you want, then click on the Snapshot button at the right bottom section, choose Snapshot from the pop-up menu to take snapshot of the video frame and save it as image file in the full resolution.

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If your video is 1080p, then the snapshot will be saved as a image which is also 1080P. You can also edit the output snapshot size by editing the video resolution. This allows you to create snapshot from videos and save them in any size you want. It is a more flexible method than making QuickTime screenshots as described above.

Once you extracted video frames and saved them to your Mac, you can click on the the Snapshot icon, then choose Open Snapshot Folder to open the folder where your snapshots are saved. You can then use the video snapshots in making demo, presentations, tutorials, send the snapshots through email, or share the video snapshots on Facebook, Twitter or other social networks. You can also go to Snapshot > Set Snapshot Folder to change the default video snapshot folder for the video converter app on your Mac.

If you are using a Windows computer, you can use Windows Movie Maker to take video snapshot or refer to this guide to export video frames as images.

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