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    Capturing Still Images from Movies

    I am a complete neophyte when it comes to working with images, but I have many short movie clips (mostly of my granddaughter), taken with various digital cameras that I'd like to be able to review the movies frame-by-frame and extract some still images. Some of these files are .MOV files, and some are .AVI files. Where do I start?

    The software that came with my Kodak digital camera (Kodak EasyShare) will play these movies, but it doesn't offer any editing functions. I don't mind purchasing software for a reasonable price, but free/shareware also works.
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    Re: Capturing Still Images from Movies

    If you are on Windows XP you'll probably find that Windows Movie Maker 2 will do as much as you are asking. It's suprisingly effective.

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    Re: Capturing Still Images from Movies

    Thanks for the tip re: Windows Movie Maker 2. It seems to work with some of my .AVI files, but not all of them, but at least it's a start.

    I could still use something that will let me extract individual frames from .MOV files, if such a beast exists.
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    Re: Capturing Still Images from Movies

    If nothing else is forthcoming, a possible workaround may be to take a screenshot of a movie when it's paused at the desired point, and edit the resulting picture. Pressing the "print scren" button will copy a screenshot to the clipboard, or you can search this forum for some handy screenshot software.
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    Re: Capturing Still Images from Movies

    Hi Samantha

    If you look at this page created by Jezza Bear you will note an animation which was originally created by videoing it on a mobile phone. It was originally in MP4 format. I used Nero DVD viewing software which has a frame capture aspect. It copies the frame to clipboard and you can paste it into any number of applications. I just happened to assist Jezza Bear by putting a series of frame shots into Fireworks to make an animated gif.....So Nero could be an option
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    Re: Capturing Still Images from Movies

    Try this Video2Photo to be found at http://www.pixelchain.com/video2photo/ . There is a freeware with a superimposed watermark to try and then the option to purchase it.

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    Re: Capturing Still Images from Movies

    Another approach might be to use photo mosaic software that will take a movie (mov, avi, mpg) and render hundreds (or thousands) of still frames that can then be used to construct a mosaic (or keep the frames you want and delete the others). One such totally free product that I like is called AndreaMosaic and is found at andreaplanet.com .

    A Google search will provide others.

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    Re: Capturing Still Images from Movies

    I'm a bit late to this party but I think what you want is Bink, it's completely <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and adds no watermarks etc...
    1) Download Bink (only 1.2Mb) from here:
    http://www.radgametools.com/down/Bink/RADTools.exe
    2) Once it's installed run it, browse to the folder holdng your .mov and .avi files, select the one you want then click on the 'Convert a file' button
    3) In the Dialog that opens click on the 'Output type' button, choose the file type you want bmp, gif , etc.
    4) Click on the Convert button

    You'll get an image from each frame of your input file.

    (not) stuck

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    Re: Capturing Still Images from Movies

    Thanks for all the suggestions, guys. I've started working my way through each one of them, but things are progressing slowly. I woke up Tuesday morning with a spasm in my neck, so I haven't been spending much time at my computer. I'm hoping to have time to get back to this project this weekend, and I'll report back on my progress.
    Samantha

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