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 show you how to convert a YouTube video to an image quickly 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

Click the arrow next to export video at the top right corner of the Studio and select export as image. Use the slider that appears below the video to select the exact frame you want to download.

A screenshot of the Kapwing converter while a frame is being selected.

Step 3: Download and share

Once you’ve chosen the perfect moment, click the Export image 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.

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.

A screenshot of the Kapwing download page.

I hope this article helps you cut out the best images from YouTube videos to share, meme and inform. For more tips on content creation in 2021, subscribe to Kapwing App on YouTube and follow us on Twitter @KapwingApp.

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