Still images from videos can be repurposed to create captivating cover images, funny memes, and engaging posts for social media. Screenshots, however, can reduce the original image quality, and it can be difficult to remove visual obstacles from a video screenshot. The best way to take a still image from a video is to save the frame as a separate image file.
In this article, I'll show you how to extract a frame from a video, then save it as a JPEG image to your device.
I’m going to be using a free online video editor called Kapwing to capture my screenshot. Kapwing is compatible with mobile devices, tablets, and computers, and gives you the editing functionality of a high-powered software.
To capture a photo from a video, follow these four steps:
- Find Your Video
- Upload Your Video to Kapwing
- Choose the Frame You Want to Use
- Publish & Download
Step 1: Find Your Video
First, you’ll need to know where you can access your video. If it’s a video you've recorded or downloaded onto your device, make sure you can find it in your file browser. It’s a good idea to rename your video file to something that you can search for and find easily. For this example, I'm going to be using a video from our YouTube channel.
If you want to take a snapshot from a video you found online, all you have to do is copy the link. You can use videos from Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and pretty much any major video sharing platform on the internet. Either right-click on the link at the top of the page or right-click on the video while it’s playing and select “Copy Link.” Now, you’re ready to upload your video.
Step 2: Upload Your Video to Kapwing
Once you’ve located your video or copied its URL, head over to Kapwing in your browser. From the homepage, choose "Tools" from the top menu and scroll down to find “Convert Video.” The video converter tool allows you to create a GIF, MP4, MP3, or JPEG file from any video source, but today we’ll focus on creating a JPEG.
If you are using a video located on your device, click “Upload File” and grab the video from your file browser. You can also paste a video URL, then Kapwing will automatically upload your video to the video converter. If you click the "Get Started," button, the Kapwing Studio will open and from here, you can sign in to Google Drive to upload a video, drag and drop a file, or click "upload" to begin.
Step 3: Choose the Frame You Want to Use
To begin capturing a picture from your video, click the green arrow next to "Export Video" and select "Export as Image" from the dropdown menu. On a computer, You can find this button at the top right corner of the Studio or at the top of the screen on a mobile device. Move the slider from left to right until you’ve reached the frame that you want to capture. The preview will show the frame that you've selected.
*Note: If you’re using a longer video, you can trim it with Kapwing to make finding the frame easier. In the timeline, drag the ends of the layer to shorten your video and you can use the split tool to remove unwanted sections. When you're finished, you're all set to use your trimmed video to quickly choose your snapshot.
Step 4: Publish & Download
Once you’ve chosen the perfect freeze-frame from your video, you’re ready to process your JPEG file. Click the red “Export Image” button from the bottom left-right corner of the window. Kapwing will automatically work its magic and your snapshot will be ready to download after a few seconds.
Once Kapwing is done processing, simply click “Download” from the left side of the screen. Your still photo is now on your device and ready for you to share anywhere.
If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final image.
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