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Three Methods to Extract Frames from Video and Save as Pictures

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Updated on May 27, 2021

While you are attracted by the good battle and lively scene in a flick, it may be hard to imagine that the film is composed of still images in sequences. But in fact, all videos, movies or animations you view are created in this way. We call each image as a frame and this article mainly discusses how to extract frames from video with three methods. If you just want to extract multiple clips from a video, you can use this video splitter:

The frames displayed per second determines the fluency and fluidity of movement in a video. That is to say, the more images are displayed per second, the smoother the motion in the video will be. And the term to measure the frequency of frames continuously appeared on a display is Frames Per Second (FPS). Currently, most videos and movies are shot at about 24 FPS to 30FPS, and 60FPS videos can also be recorded with some modern cameras. After knowing this, you can find that it will be an enormous undertaking if we manually extract all frames from a video, especially a long length video that is composed of thousands of images. Fortunately, we can make use of a video frame extractor to simplify the process and split video into frames at one go. And in this article, we have selected three ways to convert video to frames with detailed steps provided.

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Method 1: Extract Frames from Video with Video to Picture

Video to Picture developed by Watermark-software offers an easy solution to convert video to image frame by frame with zero quality loss and it supports MP4, AVI, MKV, WMV, MOV, and more other video files and JPG, BMP, PNG, TGA, and other common output image formats. Besides being a video frame extractor, it can also convert videos to GIFs at one click and its 10+ post effects empower you to polish the output images. The following steps are about how to operate it.

Install Video to Picture here:

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Step 1. Open Video to Picture, on the top of the screen, click on Load and choose a video you want to extract frames from.

Step 2. Once you add the file, you can view the video parameter information on the bottom. Click on the Resolution button to resize the file; click on the Effect button to add a post effect; Select Frame rate and you are able to see the total frames in the video and choose the desired image amounts per second; navigate to Output Format to choose an output image format and set quality.

Step 3. Click on the three-dots icon on the lower-right corner to specify the output path. Then select Run to start the process of extracting frames from video.

Tips. The unregistered version will leave watermarks on the output files. To remove watermarks, you need to register using a license code.

Method 2: Convert Video to Frames with VLC Media Player

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VLC Media Player is a multiple-purpose media player. It has many hidden features. For example, it allows you to rotate/cut/merge videos, transcode video/audio files, and create M3U playlist. Furthermore, VLC media player can be used as a video frame extractor, as follows.

Step 1. Open VLC Media Player, on the top menu bar, select Tool>Preference. Head to Show settings on the bottom and check All.

Scene Video FilterScene Video Filter

Step 2. Scroll down and extend Video. Under the Video catalog, click on the triangle item next to Filter and a new list will be extended. Scroll down and choose Scene filter.  

Step 3. Fill in the image format like JPG, PNG or one of other common formats; specify the output path, and if you leave the Dictionary path prefix blank, VLC will save the output images in your computer Pictures folder; choose the Recording ratio. Based on your own demands, the Recording ratio value can be varied. For example, if you have a 24FPS video and want to save an image every 2 seconds. Then you need to choose the value of 48.

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Step 4. Click on Filter under Video. Head to the Filter section on the right and check Scene video filter. Select OK to save the changes.

Step 5. Import the video. During the playback process, it will extract frames from video automatically until you press the Stop playback button.

Tips. The changes will apply to all videos you import later. If you just want to split a specific video into frames, but other videos, you need to change the settings to the previous ones.

Method 3. Split Video into Frames with Free Video to JPG Converter

Free Video to JPG Converter is a perfect choice for Windows users to make photo galleries from videos. It fully supports extracting all frames from a single video quickly and effortlessly and save them as JPG pictures. Let’s see how to break a video into frames using the tool.

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Step 1. Click on Add Files and choose videos from your computer. The program supports batch import.

Step 2. Choose the mode you want to extract frames from video. For example, you can choose to extract an image every xx frames, extract an image every xx seconds, extract a total number of frames from the video, and extract every frame in the video.

Step 3. Choose a location for saving the images.

Step 4. Select Convert and start the process.

In Summary

Now we have gone through three methods to extract frames from video. You can choose a video frame extractor based on your own demands.

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