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Capturing a still image from a video

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 02 Managing Images with the Library Module

Video: Capturing a still image from a video

Here I want to take a look at how we can extract or capture frames from our video files. We'll begin by looking at, or working with this particular clip here. What you want to do is you want to scrum down until you find a place in the clip which you think will work well. I'll go ahead and scrub around here until I find just the right spot. Actually, I think that looks pretty good. I got a little bit lucky there. This looks sharp. Well, we can turn this particular frame into a still image really easily. To do so, just click on this icon here. Then choose the top option, which is Capture Frame. You' ll notice that when you do that, a still image will appear in the filmstrip below.

Capturing a still image from a video

Here I want to take a look at how we can extract or capture frames from our video files. We'll begin by looking at, or working with this particular clip here. What you want to do is you want to scrum down until you find a place in the clip which you think will work well. I'll go ahead and scrub around here until I find just the right spot. Actually, I think that looks pretty good. I got a little bit lucky there. This looks sharp. Well, we can turn this particular frame into a still image really easily. To do so, just click on this icon here. Then choose the top option, which is Capture Frame. You' ll notice that when you do that, a still image will appear in the filmstrip below.

Now when you click on that still image. You'll notice that this particular file, it will have all of the characteristics of the video clip. The same color, and tone, and look and feel. Yet it will be simply a still image. Now what's great about this, is that we can then use these files in some pretty creative ways. The resolution of course will be dependent upon the way that, that file was captured. Well here, for example, if we click to zoom on this. Here I'll go ahead and zoom in to a one to one view. You can see that I have pretty good detail, although it isn't completely tack sharp.

Well that's because I was hand holding this. Yet it's a pretty good file. And we could even create a decent sized print of this image. Now if you capture video clips, and they're a little bit more clean, for example, like with this one here, what we can do is go ahead and scroll down (SOUND) until we find a nice segment. I'll go ahead (SOUND) and do that quickly, let's say right here in one of these moments. Next what you can do is click on this icon and then choose Capture Frame. Again, this allows you to create a still image out of that. In this case it's a JPEG file, as you can see here from that particular moment.

This allows us to start to think about video in a completely different way. And you know sometimes we may just need to have some still frames that we want to post on Facebook or a blog, or whatever it is. In other situations we may want to work with these images in the develop module in order to process them, and then to create prints or to do something else. Either way what this allows us to do is to expand the way that we start to work with our video files. Because now, of course, we can work with those video files as videos but we can also capture or extract single frames.

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  1. 2m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 22m 0s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      3m 52s
    2. Adding flags, stars, and labels more quickly
      5m 10s
    3. Using Auto Advance to speed up rating photos
      4m 44s
    4. Rating and ranking groups of photos
      1m 50s
    5. Rating and ranking in the Grid and full-screen modes
      4m 5s
    6. Quickly delete rejected photos
      2m 19s
  3. 14m 0s
    1. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 44s
    2. Filtering by still photos, virtual copies, and video files
      1m 51s
    3. Filtering by text, metadata, and file type
      3m 3s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 30s
    5. Stacking photos into groups
      2m 52s
  4. 18m 14s
    1. What is a collection?
      2m 36s
    2. Creating a collection to group images together
      4m 35s
    3. Creating targeted collections
      2m 50s
    4. Using Quick Collections
      2m 42s
    5. Using Smart Collections
      5m 31s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Overview of the new Map module
      2m 47s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 21s
    3. Creating saved locations
      4m 41s
  6. 11m 10s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      4m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 58s
    3. Making incremental adjustments to images
      2m 33s
  7. 15m 54s
    1. Playing video in Lightroom
      2m 40s
    2. Trimming a video
      3m 47s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 21s
    4. Setting the poster frame
      1m 54s
    5. Capturing a still image from a video
      2m 12s
  8. 11m 1s
    1. Exporting to a hard drive
      3m 29s
    2. Publishing to a hard drive
      4m 18s
    3. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 14s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Using Fast Load DNG
      5m 0s
    3. Saving size with Lossy DNG
      6m 23s
  10. 27m 56s
    1. Adding keywords
      6m 3s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 35s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 13s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      3m 4s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 24s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 36s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      4m 1s
  11. 31m 0s
    1. External editing preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      6m 15s
    3. Editing an original TIFF or PSD
      4m 30s
    4. Editing an original JPEG
      5m 36s
    5. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPEG file in Photoshop
      4m 3s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 16s
    7. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 57s
  12. 27m 40s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      5m 51s
    2. Exporting photographs with previously used settings
      1m 32s
    3. Creating and using exporting presets
      3m 45s
    4. Emailing photographs from Lightroom
      6m 40s
    5. Using Publish Services to export photographs to a folder
      5m 16s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      4m 36s
  13. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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