How to Save a Picture from a Video/Movie using Movie Maker
While watching your favorite movie, you might come across a few scenes that are breathtaking and/or very close to your heart. Wouldn’t it be great if you could use a convenient application – say Windows Movie Maker – to save a still image at that instant? Then, you would be able to save the image in your Pictures folder, and even set it as a desktop background if you wish. It turns out that Windows Movie Maker has an easy option that lets you do exactly this.
- Load the movie/clip from which you want to extract a still image on to Windows Movie Maker.
- You can do this by importing a new collection and then selecting the video clip from the Collections panel.
- Now, play the movie in the preview theater embedded in Movie Maker and use the slider to go to the exact frame of which you wish to take a picture.
- Pause the movie.
- Click on the Take Picture tab right below the player. [It is located to the bottom right side of the player.]
- In the prompt that comes up, choose a filename as you feel like and click on Save.
- Your frame has been saved on your computer as a still image after this.
There are, however, other options as well if you wish to capture a still image from a video file. Simple media players like VLC come equipped with a Snapshot option that lets you take a snapshot of the current frame that the video is in. All you have to do is pause the clip at the particular frame, and click on Video -> Snapshot. It will automatically save a still image of that frame in the My Pictures folder.