I’m talking about the simple option to extract a photo from a video. The old iMovie did it with ease. Now there are hoops to jump through just to get a freeze frame and photo from a video. Or, you can use any one of a number of useful apps which extract photos from a video.
Snip, Snip, Video Clip
It seems a shame that extracting a still image from a video requires an extra utility, but both of these work well, and strangely enough, they look almost identical, right down to the price tag.
The first on my list is called Video Extractor, which is an app that could use a name change. It’s not extracting a video. It extracts a photo from the video timeline. And it does it all in an odd way.
Step 1, click to add a video to Video Extractor. Step 2, adjust Settings as needed. Step 3, move the transport playhead to the frame of the video you want to convert to a photo. Step 4, click the Start button.
Start button? Yeah, strange, right? I would have chosen a different name for the app– maybe something like Photo Extractor. And the button could be called Extractor. But you get the idea.
The exact same price gets you a more appropriately named Photos Extractor Pro which features an Extract Photos button. It works much the same way with similar steps.
What I like about Photos Extractor Pro– as in the plural photos— is the option to extract multiple photos from a single video timeline. That’s cool and efficient. Click to add a pint to the video timeline, drag it to the video frame you want to extract, repeat as needed, then click the Extract Photos button.
Other options include extraction of of photos by each second, minute, or hour within the video. Photos can be saved as .jpg or .png, and resized as needed. Considering that both photo extraction apps are priced the same, the one with the most features wins.