How to Take a Snapshot of a Video

Last updated on June 12, 2015 by

Taking a screenshot from videos is something that many people do to cover various necessities. From simply having a new wallpaper on their desktop to embedding a video image in one of their projects, the possibilities are endless. Fortunately, there are numerous applications that you can use to perform this action, and in this article we are going to take a look at some of the best tools to do this job. The content falls into 4 parts and you could navigate to preferable way directly.

I. Pro Way – Using Apowersoft Screen Capture Pro

II. Free Online Way – Utilizing Free Screenshot Capture

III. Default Way for Win Only – Taking Snapshot on Media Player

IV. Alternative Way – Using Jing

Efficient Tools for You to Screenshot Video

I. Snapshot Video with Professional Program

Apowersoft Screen Capture Pro is surely the best answer to how to take a snapshot from a video. This particular application is widely regarded as a professional application that can be used to take screenshot and also record screen. It provides instant editing features as well, so once you’ve taken a snapshot you want, you can easily modify it without any problem. Here are the steps for you to screenshot video with this tool.

  • Click the button below to download and install this application on your PC.
  • Download

  • Make some configure before you take a screenshot. Choose “All in one” in the screenshot modes, check “Hide capture interface” in the settings and select an output way for your screenshot. Here we use “Quick Editor” for example.
  • After that, open a video and pause at the frame you want to screenshot. Click the camera icon on the application’s interface or just hit “Print Screen” key on the keyboard. Then your mouse cursor will turn into a crosshair. Hover your mouse over the playback window until it has been locked by the capture frame, then hit the mouse to confirm your snapshot.
  • Annotate the video screenshot as you like. Lastly, click the disk button to save it to your local file.
  • take snapshot from video

Tips: This way also works for online videos, but if you want to record these videos for viewing without Internet, please utilize the “Screen recorder” function.

II. Screenshot Video with Online Screenshot Application

Free Screenshot Capture is a free online application that allows you to capture any region on the screen, including full screen, an active window and a particular area. It also provides instant annotation options for you to add lines, arrows and texts to the screenshot. You are also able to save, upload or share the screenshot upon its creation. The video below will show you the detailed steps to take snapshot from video with this application.

III. Taking Snapshot Using Media Player

Some media players offer this function, but unfortunately the way to do it is pretty rudimentary and it does require some time. And since the most popular player on the market is surely Windows Media Player, we will see how we can take a snapshot of a movie that runs with this player.

disable Use overlays

If you are running Windows Media Player 10, then you need to do some settings before capturing a video screenshot. Go to “Tools” – “Options” – “Performance” – “Advanced”, then uncheck “Use Overlay”. (If you are running WMP 12, this step can be skipped.) Once that is done, you need to close “Options”, open the video you want to take a snapshot of. Pause at the scene you like and press the “Print Screen” key. Once that is done, you will have to open “Paint” and paste the image, then save it to finish the job. If you are running Windows 8, you can just press the “Win + Print Screen” keys together to save the screenshot to the Pictures library automatically.

IV. Capture Video Screenshot with Jing

JingAnother tool for taking screenshot of videos is Jing. It basically requires you to stop the movie then capture the screen. It does provide window and full screen capture, so you can grab in any mode you want. Furthermore, Jing requires users to sign up for an account before using it. Once you’ve installed it on your PC, launch it and sign up for an account. After that, you’ll see a sun-like icon on top of the screen in your computer. Click on the “Capture” icon to start with your video screenshot.


As you can see, there are numerous ways one can use to capture a screenshot from a movie, you just need to have the right tools for it. When it comes to ease of use and professional functionality, nothing can beat Apowersoft Screen Capture Pro, so you might want to give it a try and download it right now to see if it suits your needs.


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