Post # 1
We love our wedding video, and we want to make some stills from it. We know the quality won’t be as good as our professional photographs, but we’re hoping for images that are good enough for prints or a photobook.
We have a MacBook Pro (no Photoshop), and a PC that has Photoshop, but no DVD drive at the moment (we’ll get it fixed once we have a good reason).
We tried working with the Mac. Its DVD player is annoying, because it won’t let us easily go from frame to frame to get the best image (we can’t step backward, and the “step forward” is cumbersome). And when we tried to take screengrabs, we’d end up with a blank space in the video screen.
We converted part of the DVD to a movie file using HandBrake and made some screen captures from QuickTime (which does let us go from frame to frame), but we’re pretty sure image quality was diminished in the conversion.
So, we’d like to know if there’s a way to make a grab directly from the DVD movie image. Or if there’s a better way. Also, feel free to let us know if we’re better off using the PC for this – and if so, what programs we’d need. Thanks!
Post # 3
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
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
I agree with getting screenshots from the HD version-
But for quick screenshots on the Mac use apple+shift+3