Export a video frame

You can grab a single frame from a video clip to use as a still image in your current movie or to save as a still on your hard drive for use elsewhere. For example, you can use a still in your movie to show a character start an action, but then stop mid-action, frozen on the screen.

  1. Select a clip in the Quick view timeline or the Expert view timeline.
  2. In the Quick view timeline or the Expert view timeline, drag the current-time indicator to the frame you want to grab.

    The Monitor panel shows the frame at the location of the current-time indicator.

  3. In the Action bar, click Tools and select the Freeze Frame option from the Tools panel.

    The frame appears in the Freeze Frame window.

    Note:

    If you have Adobe Photoshop Elements installed, and want to edit the still image in Photoshop Elements, choose Edit In Photoshop Elements After Inserting.

  4. Do one of the following:
    • To export the frame as a still image file, click Export. In the Export Frame dialog box, give the image file a name and location, and click Save.

    • To insert the frame as a still image directly into the movie at the current-time indicator, click Insert In Movie.

Play and then hold a frame (or hold and then play)

  • To make the video start out as a still image and then begin to play, click Tools in the Action bar and select the Freeze Frame option. Create a still image from a frame, and then insert the still image at the location of the original frame.

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