How To Grab a Frame From a Video In Mac Photos

If you need to grab a single frame from a video and turn it into a still image or add it to your Photos library, you can do it using a few steps even though a direct function for that doesn't exist in the current Photos app. Here are two methods you can use.

Comments: 7 Responses to “How To Grab a Frame From a Video In Mac Photos”

    Jeanne Dyer
    2 months ago

    Great tip I could have used yesterday when editing a video in iMovie. I needed a copy of a frame in iMovie to add a few seconds to the very beginning of a clip before the VoiceOver and was unable to expand the clip by changing the transition time or adding a freeze frame. I thought about adding a photo of that first frame, but did not know how to do it. I tried the QuickTime/Preview and Voila! perfect. Thanks again, Gary!!

    2 months ago

    Jeanne: For that purpose Freeze Frame should have worked.

    Stephen Schulte
    2 months ago

    Gary — This is really useful!! I do this a lot as I take videos of my high power rockets taking-off and then do screen grabs. Since I am still on macOS 10.14.6 Mojave with one Mac, I can send a frame to “Pictures” via the gearbox (no longer available on Big Sur macOS 11.3)(why not?!?!) — but that image is generally about 8 mb in size and defaults to TIFF. (With GraphicConverter or Preview I can change that of course, but why such a big file?). More next comment…

    Stephen Schulte
    2 months ago

    OK so your method (video export to ‘desktop’ or elsewhere and open in Preview ‘New from Clipboard’ is great. One can also use the Screenshot app (in the Utilities folder) – but best to do this by having Screenshot in the Dock, then right-clicking to open the screenshot ‘screen’ – choosing the exact size of the photo and then clicking on CAPTURE with the mouse. This is fast but the quality of the jpg photo done this way is not as good; that said the file size is a lot smaller. Thanks again!

    2 months ago

    Stephen: As I mention, a screenshot will not get you the best quality. I wouldn’t do that. You are already at a disadvantage as a frame of a video isn’t nearly as good quality as a photo. When you take your videos of rockets, why not snap photos when you can at the same time. You can do that on the iPhone and many other cameras. Or, have a second camera for that purpose.

    Stephen Schulte
    2 months ago

    Gary: Great comment – YES you are correct, the ‘screenshot’ is a lower quality. For photos taken from the ground I use my iPhone & a Nikon S9900. (Someday I’ll get a Digital reflex camera with the ability to take like 30+ shots/second…). But I was referring to videos taken with my Mobius Mini camera which is mounted on the outside of the rocket. Your method of opening in QuickTime & then copying/opening in Preview is the best!

    2 months ago

    Stephen: What, you don’t strap yourself onto the rocket to take pictures? LOL. 😂 Thanks!

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