YouTube videos are addicting and amazing, but sometimes you just need to grab a single frame from the video. Almost every famous meme template you know and love was created originally from a freeze frame, like the Drake Reaction phenomenon or the Woman Yelling at Cat meme.

With the right tool, you can use freeze frames for any purpose from viral meme templates to analyzing your favorite YouTube videos in depth. In this article, I’ll describe how you can convert a YouTube video to an image instantly with a free, online tool. Here's what you need to know:

  1. Import your YouTube video
  2. Choose the frame from the video
  3. Download and share

Step 1: Import Your YouTube Video

Go to Kapwing’s Convert Video tool. Copy the URL of the YouTube video that you want to screenshot from and paste the URL on Kapwing. Once your video uploads, you should see a preview playing in the editor.

A screenshot of the Kapwing Convert Video homepage.
The video converter lets you create all sorts of content from online videos. 

Step 2: Choose the frame from the video

On the left panel, select the JPEG option from the converted video types (JPEG is a file extension for images). Use the slider that appears below the video to select the exact frame you want to download.

A screenshot from the Kapwing Video Converter, showing how to choose a frame to convert to a JPEG.
Choose JPEG and move the slider to the correct frame. 

Step 3: Download and share

Once you’ve chosen the perfect moment, click the Create button to download your JPEG image. You can use Kapwing’s other tools like Add Text or the Meme Maker to spice up your image, publish it directly to social media, or share it with your friends.

For example, I used Kapwing's Studio to make a "I think I forgot something" meme template. I arranged screenshots of a clip from the TV show Two and a Half Men into a four-panel college.  

A meme made with 4 freeze frames in Kapwing.
You can create all sorts of content using freeze frames from videos. 

I hope this article helps you cut out the best images from YouTube videos to share, meme and inform. For more content creation tips, subscribe to the Kapwing YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter @KapwingApp.

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