Video Snapshot with VLC on Mac

Want to capture a picture from a video or export a movie frame to your Mac? The easiest way to do that is to play the video or movie using QuickTime Player, then press Command + Shift + 3 or Command + Shift + 4 to capture your Mac screen. You can find more details from this quick guide to take screenshots on Mac without using any third-party tools. If you want to extract the video frame with the best possible image quality, you will need a more professional media tool. In a related guide, we demonstrated how you can take a video snapshot on Mac using a professional media converter tool. If you have VLC installed on your Mac, you can actually use this media player to take snapshots of videos on your Mac. It is free, easy and fast.

VLC is a very popular media player which is open source and powerful. It is not just a video player, you can find many other useful features from this link. In this quick guide, you will learn what’s the default VLC snapshots directory, how to change a new video snapshots folder in VLC and how to take video snapshots using VLC on your Mac.

Just play the video using VLC media player on your Mac, pause the playback at the scene or frame you like to capture, right click (or control+click) on the video in the player, then choose Snapshot from the contextual menu. Alternatively click the Video from the top menu, choose Snapshot from the drop-down menu.

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Video snapshots will be saved the default snapshots folder for VLC player on Mac. You can find them from Mac > Users > your user name > Pictures. You can change the default video snapshot directory in VLC media player from VLC > Preferences > Video > Video snapshots > Folder.

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Use VLC media player on a Windows PC?

You can refer to following guide to take a video snapshot using VLC on Windows computer.

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