A video is made up of a series of images playing in sequence. If you take screenshots at certain times, you can convert the videos to images. In this article, I’ll describe how you can convert a video to images using a free online tool called Kapwing.
In this example, I’m going to convert a YouTube video – the Bill Nye stunt on Climate Change from John Oliver – to images. Then, I plan to download the images and put them into a comic-style Bill Nye meme. Here’s what the output looks like:
This MP4 to JPGs tutorial has four steps:
- Open Convert Video tool
- Upload Video
- Save Screenshot
- [Optional] Arrange images into a comic or collage
Step 1: Open Convert Video Tool
Step 2: Upload Video
Get started by uploading the video that you want to convert to images. Click the “Upload” button to choose a file from your device or drag and drop the file onto the button. You can also import a video from YouTube to convert a YouTube video to images. For my example, I pasted the URL of my YouTube video into the box.
Kapwing supports most file formats, including .MP4, .MOV, .MPEG, and others. Creators don’t need to sign in or pay anything to use the tool.
Step 3: Choose Image Screenshot and Save
Once your video loads in the editor, you’ll see all the convert options in the left column. To convert to an image, choose the “.JPEG” option to save it as an image on your phone, tablet, or computer.
After you select .JPEG, a slider appears underneath the video to let you select the frame that you want to screenshot. Move the slider to choose the image.
Once you select the frame you want, click “CREATE” to process the video as an image. Kapwing will load the converted image so that you can download it as a JPG file or share it.
In my case, I wanted three screenshots, so I donwloaded the first image then clicked “Back” in my browser to choose a different image. I repeated this steps three times to save three different images from my video.
[Optional] Step 4: Put images into a sequence or collage
Sometimes, you convert a video to images to tell a frame-by-frame story about what’s happening in the video. In my case, I wanted to put the three images into a vertical column to make a meme.
To make a collage, meme, or comic out of the images, open Kapwing’s Studio. Resize the canvas to fit all of the images (click the “Resize” button in the main panel and expand the canvas right or down to make more space). Then, upload all of the images that you converted and arrange them on the canvas. You can also use the other tools (like “Shapes,” “Text,” and “Background”) to add more visual elements to the multimedia sequence.
Once the preview looks correct, click “Publish” to combine the images together into a single .JPG. You can save the full image, share it with your friends, and publish on social media.
That’s all! I hope this article helps you convert your videos into images quickly and with ease.