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Capturing frames from video

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Capturing frames from video

Here's an innovative way to capture still images from video clips using Elements. You can shoot a short video with a video camera, or even a still camera or a cell phone that shoots video. And then grab a frame out of the video to become an individual photo file. This works best with very short video clips, not with full-length type videos. In Elements, I'll go up to the File menu, and I'll choose Import. And then I'll go over to Frame From Video. That opens this frame from video window. I am going to start by clicking the Browse Button here.

Capturing frames from video

Here's an innovative way to capture still images from video clips using Elements. You can shoot a short video with a video camera, or even a still camera or a cell phone that shoots video. And then grab a frame out of the video to become an individual photo file. This works best with very short video clips, not with full-length type videos. In Elements, I'll go up to the File menu, and I'll choose Import. And then I'll go over to Frame From Video. That opens this frame from video window. I am going to start by clicking the Browse Button here.

I know there is a video in my Exercise Files, so I'll navigate to the Exercise Files by clicking on the Desktop, and then I'll click the arrow to the left of Exercise files, and the arrow to the left of Chapter 2. The arrow to the left of the 02_03 Subfolder, and there is a video file, dance.mov. The Mov format is one of the video formats that Elements 8 for Mac recognizes. If it didn't recognize this format, the file would be grayed out. So I'll click on that video file, and then I'll click the Open Button.

The first frame of the video is displayed here in the Frame From Video Window. I can play the video by going down to this Control Bar and clicking the Play Button, the Single Right Arrow. Now I want to find one or more frames to make into individual photo files. I'll go back to the first frame by clicking the Double Pointed Left Facing Arrow in the Control Bar. And then I'll press the Right or Left arrow keys on my keyboard, to move forward and back, frame by frame, in the video.

So I am pressing my Right arrow key several times here, until I find a frame that I like. I'll stop on that one. And I'll click the Grab Frame Button here. That opens a document window over here in Elements proper, capturing the image in this video frame as a still image. I'll Grab another Frame the same way, by pressing the Right Arrow Key on my keyboard again several times, until I see another frame that I like. That's a cute one. So I'll Click Grab Frame again. And that opens a second window with this frame as a still image.

I could grab a few more, but I am going to stop there. I am just going to click the Done Button to close the Frame From Video dialog box. To view both of these, I'll click on the title bar of the image in the foreground, and I'll drag it away. And now you can see the two video frames that I have captured as still images. An important step is that I have to save each one of these. You can see from the asterisk here in the title bar of each that it hasn't yet been saved. So make sure that dance 02 is the active image, by clicking on its title bar, and then I'll go to File, and then I'll click Save.

I am going to navigate to my desktop from this menu here at the top of the Save As dialog box. I'll just choose Desktop, and I am going to make a folder on the Desktop in which to save finished files. So I'll click the New Folder Button down here in the Save As dialog box, and I'll type 'saved files'. I'll click the Create Button, and then in the Save As dialog box I can choose a format. I can save this as the native Photoshop format if I wish, or if I wanted to put this on the Web or send it by email, I might choose JPEG.

I'll leave everything else as it is and click Save. And then I'll just accept these default JPEG options, and click OK. So that file is now saved, and I would do the same thing to this other file. So this is a nice way to capture some photos that have some motion in them. And I can use these images in any photo project in Elements, just like the photo taken with a still camera.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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