Apparently Apple thinks only children need a still frame photo from a movie these days and it’s a painful experience to grab a photo from a video in the latest versions of iMovie on a Mac. Here are two ways to get still photo freeze frames from a video clip.
Easy. Fast. Cheap. Pick Any 2
Let me start with the feature laden app Deframe. This is a full-fledged movie clip management tool which also extracts high quality still photo images from movies. Extracted freeze frames can be stored on your Mac or even packaged up as a PDF contact sheet of movie clips.
If you like those kinds of features you’ll love what else Deframe can do. First up, it can create a slideshow of from image sequences or contact sheets, which is a perfect way to view them full screen slideshow.
Still image freeze frames can be shared online, too, using the built-in tools for email, Facebook, Twitter, et al, or just drag and drop the images into iPhoto for storage, Aperture for sweetening, or even Photoshop.
Deframe pulls freeze frame images from a specific time in the movie clip’s timeline, but can also capture stills automatically with set periods of time in between frames.
While Deframe is a great video clip and still image freeze frame management tool, it comes with lots of useful bells and whistles, a bona fide learning curve, and a bona fide professional grade price tag.
If you’re on a budget and simply need to capture a still photo; an image freeze frame from a video clip, SnapMotion does that and nothing else for about one tenth the price.
Simply drag and drop a video clip onto SnapMotion. Scroll to the point in the video where you want to extract the still image freeze frame. Click the Capture button. SnapMotion saves the image to the timeline which can be copied or exported as an image.
That’s it. Nothing more. Nothing less. But less.
Both apps work very well, but SnapMotion doesn’t come with any real extra features and shouldn’t be used as an image or video management tool.