How to Grab a Still from a QuickTime Video

I have several QuickTime video clips from which I would like to extrapolate single still shots that I can import into iPhoto and use in an iPhoto book.

I have several QuickTime video clips from which I would like to extrapolate single still shots that I can import into iPhoto and use in an iPhoto book. Is there a way to do this?

There are two ways of getting a still from a video. The first is to simply play the video in full screen mode, pause it, and use the Mac OS X screen capture utility (Command-Shift-3) to take a screenshot that will appear on your Desktop.

You can tweak the export options by clicking the Options button.

If you have QuickTime 7 Pro, there’s a somewhat better option. Load the video and place the playhead on the frame you want to export. Click File > Export, and then select “Movie to Picture” from the Export drop-down menu. You can select more options by clicking the Options button, and selecting the format from the Use drop-down menu. When you are ready to export the still image, click the Save button.

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