How to Capture Still Images from a Video File?

If you want to capture screenshots (freeze frames or still images) from a video file, then lets check out in this post how to do so?

Capture a Single Frame

If you only want to grab a single frame from a playing or paused video, then this task can be accomplished very easily using GOM Player. Download and install the software on your computer and play the video file in it.

Now press CTRL + C on your keyboard to capture a frame in GOM Player and then paste (CTRL + V) the captured image to some other external program like MS Paint, MS Word etc. installed on your computer.

cute white rat

If you don’t want to use your keyboard, then you can also right click anywhere in the player window, go to Video and then click on Copy the Current Frame:

copy the current frame

In case you directly want to save a particular still without copying it to your clipboard, then all you need to do is to press CTRL + E on your keyboard and the media player will directly save the image to its default screen capture folder.

If you don’t want to use your keyboard, then you can also right click anywhere in the player, go to video and then click on Save the Current Frame:

save the current frame

If you would like to know the location of GOM Player’s default screen capture folder, then just right click anywhere in the player, go to video and then select Open Screen Capture Folder:

open screen capture folder

Burst Capture

If you’d like to capture a series of still images from a video file that is currently being played, then you can make use of Burst Capture feature of GOM Player. Keep in mind that this feature won’t work when your video is in Pause state.

burst capture

For capturing several screenshots in quick succession, follow these steps one by one:

1. Start playing the video file and go to the position from where you’d like to start capturing images. Once there, you may want to temporarily pause the video and press CTRL + G on your keyboard or you can right click anywhere on the player, go to video and then click on Advanced Screen Capture:

advanced screen capture

2. A new window of Advanced Screen Capture will now open, where you will be able to set/select following things:

advanced screen capture settings

  • Name and location of the folder where all the captured images will be saved. You can change the directory as per your requirements or directly go to the folder by clicking on Open Directory button.
  • Under Output Ratio’s drop down menu, you can select either based on display aspect ratio or based on internal resolution. Suppose you have a .mp4 video file with an internal resolution of 1440×1080 (aspect ratio of 4:3) and display aspect ratio of 16:9 (1920×1080). Now if you select Based on display aspect ratio in the capture settings, then the player will capture a 16:9 image at 1920×1080. And if you select Based on internal resolution, then the player will capture images with 1440×1080 resolution (aspect ratio of 4:3).
  • Under image format select either JPEG or BMP. It is suggested to use JPEG here.
  • Under JPEG Quality, select the quality of your image from 1 to 255 – Higher the value, higher will be the quality of captured images. Keep in mind that this option will disappear if you select your image format as BMP.
  • Under Burst Capture Images, enter a value between 1 to 999. This will be the total number of images that will be captured from a video file.
  • Under Burst interval (in seconds), enter a value between 0 to 120. If you enter 1 in this field, then the player will capture still images after every 1 second in succession. You can also enter a decimal value in this field like 0.5, 1.5 etc.

Note: Total number of captured images depends on the total duration of a video file as well as the value of Burst interval (in seconds). Don’t expect 999 screenshots from a 20 seconds video file, even if you set the burst interval as 0 seconds.

3. Once you have selected your desired capture settings, play the video file once again and immediately click on Burst Capture button. The player will start capturing images almost instantly and you can find all of them in the capture folder.

P.S. Feel free to download this TEST video of Super Cute White Rat Gaaye eating biscuits and then download a compressed file containing all the captured images from the same video. The settings are as follows:

Video Information:

  • Input Type : AVC1 (GVC).
  • Input Size : 1280 x 720.
  • Output Type : YUY2.
  • Output Size : 1280 x 720.
  • FrameRate(Frame/sec) : 0.00 (29.97).
  • Video duration: 36 seconds.

Capture Settings:

  • Output Ratio: Based on display aspect ratio
  • Image Format: JPEG.
  • JPEG Quality: 255.
  • Burst Capture Images: 999.
  • Burst Interval (in seconds): 1.