Wednesday, September 11, 2013

To extract pics from video using any media player

Few years back a non-technical person asked me how to get an image out of the video. So I suggested him to follow these steps:
  1. Run the video in full screen mode. 
  2. Pause it at required scene. 
  3. Press the [prt sc] button on your keyboard that stands for 'Print Screen'. In case you don't find it then look for the button lable variances, like [prt scrn], [prnt scr], etc. 
  4. Then open MS-Paint from the StartAccessories 
  5. Press Cntrl+V to paste the taken screen-shot. Re-adjust or customize if necessary. 
  6. Save the pic wherever you want at your system's disk. Try to save it in *.png format. It's quality is better than *.jpg. 
  7. You are done!
Later on I thought why not to put it on my blog. Who knows it may help somebody else. 

Now see the beauty of Internet; few years later somebody out of blue (actually anonymous) left a comment on my blog that we can get do this more easily by following these steps:
  1. Run the video on VLC player.
  2. Pause it at required scene.
  3. Click on the VideoSnapshot under menu to get the snapshot of that paused screen.
  4. The screenshot will automatically get saved at C:\Users\\Pictures; so go to this location where you will find the image with a name as vlcsnap-.png
Well I don't know why I didn't recommended this method earlier, though I'm sure I couldn't missed it. So I assume that the version of VLC player I was using at that time may not had this feature. 

Anyway, now I think to make this blog more generic to make it relevant by changing the article title from To extract pics from VLC video to To extract pics from video using any media player.

1 comment:

  1. Why not just use the built-in function under Video- >Take screen shot?