(Closed) How do we make stills from video? (Mac or PC)

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
587 posts
Busy bee

Your best bet is to contact your videographer and have him supply the files, even if there is a cost.  They will have the proper software, but also they have the raw file, which is uncompressed and will result in the cleanest image.

If you have a standard definition video, you are not going to get much out of it except maybe a websize print.  Resolution is about 480×850 which is equal to a half of 1 megapixel camera.  You may get a 3×4 wallet out of it.

If you have an HD video, resolution is 1920×1080 or about equal to a 2 megapixel camera.  You can probably get a decent 5×7 print out of it, but nothing bigger.

Last you will only get a decent image if the video was shot in 1080p or 480p (not 1080i or 480i).  P stends for progressive where each frame has all the pixels present.  i stands for interlaced where each frame only has the odd or even lines of resolution present.  This is why when you pause sometimes, the image looks “shaky”



Post # 4
711 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’ve never had problems doing stills on my Macbook. Usually it’s when I’m taking stills of my nieces Photobooth videos or I see a wedding idea on Netflix a la “SYTTD” or “Cake Boss” and I want it in my idea folder. My videos are usually in Quicktime or the Netflix program, but I agree with USER876. You should call the videographer and see if they can help you–My stills from video tend to come out fuzzy sometimes and a wee bit pixelated, but I’m not using them as wedding memories or anything.

Post # 5
552 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I agree with getting screenshots from the HD version-

But for quick screenshots on the Mac use apple+shift+3

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