What's the best way to make a sill image from a movie file? I need it high quality

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by oxband, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. oxband macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    I have a movie file which is a low quality footage. The film has a few photos that I wanna use as photos. I made freeze frames in FCP 7 and exported them. I wonder if there is another way.

    What's the best way to make stills from a movie file?
  2. Gwendolini macrumors 6502


    Feb 5, 2015
    If it is low quality footage, exporting it as high quality JPG or even PNG or TIFF (a bit overkill probably) will suffice.

    You can also use MPEG Streamclip to make the process faster or use VLC Player to export screenshots.
  3. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    Your "still" will be the same low quality that your movie is.
  4. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    As others have said, the best you can do it a screen capture/freeze frame export. Maybe improve it slightly from there with PhotoShop or similar.
  5. joema2 macrumors 68000


    Sep 3, 2013
    It is possible in Photoshop to use image stacking methods and get a better quality still from several similar video frames. The procedure is discussed in this tutorial: https://www.slrlounge.com/take-high-quality-still-image-video-ease-photoshop/

    However there are even better methods than this, as described in this academic paper "Video Snapshots: Creating High-Quality Images from Video Clips" (Sunkavalli, 2012): http://tinyurl.com/zo3b7we

    However I don't know if any current products use these methods yet.
  6. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    Skipping over the excellent suggestions above, the "better" images created will come most likely from the parts of your film with the least amount of action. Grabbing a "frame" of a dog running will most likely not be as sharp as watching a dog sitting. Take advantage when possible of this facet of your film as needed.

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