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As you work with your video files you can also choose to pull out still images.
Keep in mind that HD video files are pretty low quality in the world of stills. But of course your GoPro can process high quality files, too. If you want to export a still image from a video clip or from 4K video file, Choose the Share menu > Export Still. it's pretty simple. Drag your play head to a shot that you want to export. You can do this from a variety of ways. From the Edit view or from the Import view. Just find a clip that you're interested in. Let's turn the volume down for a second. And I like this right here. Using the arrow keys, I could step through. And as he looks up towards the camera here. Give it a name and click Export. Remember, you can use filters to improve the quality of the shot. So in this case, I'm just going to lift the exposure a bit. And round out the saturation. When you're ready to export a still, click the Share menu and choose, Export Still. You'll see from the Export sizes, Small, Medium, Large, and Native. Always go with the largest one available to you. And then simply click Export. You could choose other shots as you go through. If you check on your hard drive and go to your Exports folder. You'll see the two still images right there. And these are ready to use for web sharing or can be taken into another video editing tool.
Remember, you can always take these into another tool, such as Photoshop here or Photoshop Elements. And then make any adjustments to the shots that you'd like. For example, let's lift the shadows up here a bit. And put a little contrast back in. There you go. And recover the highlights. And then we'll round that out with a curves adjustment, clicking Auto. And a little bit of Vibrance. And you see how quickly you could process those shots. Remember, the starting image is just that, a starting image.
So you are always free to refine it as you see fit, using any of the tools at your disposal. That case a curves adjustment. Or the really easy to use Shadow Highlights adjustment. Which allows you to recover some of the under-exposed areas. And bring back the over-exposed areas, and finesse. There we go. You'll find much more about using tools like Adobe Photoshop available here on lynda.com.
If you'd like to explore these as a way to refine your photos even further. In order to get the best quality stills on the GoPro, I highly recommend you shoot in the Stills mode on the camera. It's just less compressed and much higher resolution. But if you do have a video clip with some great action in it, you can step in, put the play head on the shot that you want. And then from the Share menu just export a still. Just keep in mind that the jpgs that you create from video files, are much lower quality than the original jpgs that the camera can acquire on its own.
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