How to Capture Still Image from Videos

Last updated on November 7, 2019 by

When watching your favorite video on YouTube, or the hottest online TV show on Hulu, Netflix or other video platforms, there is always one moment that you want to grab a freeze-frame from a video and save it as a single image. This time, you may pause the video at the right moment and sometimes even need to repeat it many times just for capturing the desired moment! Moreover, it may be impossible if you want to take one frame from live streaming TV show that is unavailable to be paused. What would you do? How to capture a still image from video in a simple way? Read on for the answers.


How to Capture Still Image from Videos

Best Way – Free Screenshot Capture

This is a good way to capture still images from videos. Free Screenshot Capture allows you to extract any images from various video files, including FLV, AVI, WMV, MPEG, MKV, MOV and lots of others formats, even the live TV shows. More importantly, it can help you easily edit images by adding texts, shapes, arrows, lines and other stylish effects. Also, it allows you to upload images to Cloud space the software developer provides, or just share them instantly to social networking sites like Google plus, Facebook, Twitter and many others. Surely, if you want to keep images on your computer, it gives the ability to save images as PNG, JPG, BMP, TIFF and GIF formats on your local disk.

Additionally, with this free tool, you can even grab images from the entire video at every set interval. For example, you can set the program to capture images 5 seconds or 10 seconds later. You can set the delay time in the “Options” menu, it will automatically capture the image after several seconds delay.

Check out the steps of capturing video screenshots with this tool in the following part.

  • Go to, click on the “Take Screenshot” button and run java applet to load this application.
  • When it’s interface pops up, simply click the camera icon to start capturing.
  • Then your mouse cursor will turn into a blue crosshair. Click, hold and drag your mouse to select a particular region of your video, you will easily take a picture from video. If you hover your mouse, you may notice that a blue border will cover an application window, so just click and you will capture the chosen window.
  • After capturing the image, you will see an editing tool bar that offers you many options for polishing your images. Make use of them as you like.
  • Lastly, click the disk-like button to save it on your PC.

This tool also has a pro version which is even more powerful. It has a “Task scheduler” which enables you to take screenshot at regular intervals, making it really easy and simple to take screenshots of videos automatically every few seconds. What’s more, if you want to save a live video show, you can just use its “Screen recorder” function. You can recording any region on the screen with audio from system, microphone or both. Have a try by downloading it now.


Viable Option – Print Screen Key

Maybe you are watching videos on your Windows Media Player or other video players, so it is a good news that you can directly capture an image from video with such powerful player. When the video is running on your Windows Media Player, simply pressing the “Print screen” (“Win + Print Screen” in Windows 10/8 or “Fn + Print Screen” on some laptops) button may help you to capture images. If you are using Windows 10 or 8, then the screenshot will be automatically saved to the “Screenshots” folder under Pictures library. If you are using Windows 7 or XP, the screenshot will be copied to the clipboard as you press the “Print Screen” key. Then, you can paste it into Paint and save it as an image file.

capture still image from video

Use Other Third Party Tool

VLC is known as a video player. However, this tool also has a screenshot feature allowing you to snapshot images from videos. To use this tool, simply download and install it in your computer, open the video you want to screenshot with this player. Then pause at the frame you want to capture, click “Video” on the top menu and hit “Take Snapshot”. When the screenshot is taken, a preview is displayed at the top left and the image saving path is shown on the screen.

snapshot video with VLC


Those are the ways for you to capture still image from videos. As you can see, Free Screenshot Capture is the best choice, because it can capture any region of the video and provides instant annotation options. And its pro version even allows you to capture video frames automatically without pausing or clicking mouse every now and then.

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