Best way to capture still frames from a video?

Dec 16, 2016

What would be the best way to capture still frames from a video (essentially to make "photographs" from a video)? I have Articulate 360 and Camtasia available to use.



6 Replies
Nicole Legault

Hi Laurel - Thanks for posting your question here! There's probably a ton of various ways to do exactly what you need... but here's my suggestion: Play the video in the biggest size possible (so you get a nice, big image), and then pause it at the exact moment where you need the screenshot, while it's paused,  hit PrintScreen or use SnagIt or somethnig similar to grab a screenshot of your screen and then crop out your image. :) Hope this helps! 

Laurel Schulert

Thanks Nicole. A colleague told me that SnagIt has the feature of grabbing still frames from video, but I actually don't have Snagit.

The problem with pausing the video is that it's still blurry when I pause it. These videos in particular are of people dancing, so they're quite prone to blurriness! I was hoping that one of the 360 products would feature a still-frame capture option like what I've heard Snagit has.

Bob S


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