Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Extracting a still from a video, part of Shooting with the iPhone 5s.
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Sometimes you don't always know if you want to cover a particular moment or subject matter using stills or video. Now, in the basic video movie we talked about how you can shoot stills while you are recording video. Sometimes you might not think to do that, or not realize that you want a still until you get home. Fortunately it's very easy to grab an individual frame of video and save it out as a single image. You can then do anything with that you would do with a normal photo. You can edit it, print it, all of that kind of thing. There's a simple app that lets you do this, there are actually a few different apps that let you do this.
I like Movie2image, that's movie numeral 2 image, all one word. Launch that, you have the option of actually shooting a movie right then using the camera or going into your albums. I'm going to come in here and just grab a video that I shot the other day. It was a very miserable day in the cold. And, this lets me just play until I get through to the moment that I want. And it's interesting because, particularly with facial expressions, there's a, can be a lot of difference between one frame and the next.
So you might want to zero in on something. And I'm going to go back to the beginning here, get somewhere close. I know I don't want that, I want to see all three of us. Now, I could, I got step buttons here that I can use to step a frame at a time, or I can actually scrub down here. So using these things I can really zero in on a moment so maybe somewhere, somewhere in here, I don't want to cut off Josh's head there so may be I'll do there. So once I've zeroed in on the frame that I want to just hit this button in the lower right hand corner.
And think that saved to my camera roll and I'm done, I'm ready to do whatever I want with that image. So that may make you think great, I'm never shooting stills again, it's all video all the time for me because I know I can always get a still if I want it. Well, the problem with that is this is and HD resolution still so this is not as good as the five, or excuse me, the eight megapixel still that you're going to get out of the rear facing camera. And also, you think and compose differently for stills than you do for video. If you want a still, most of the time it's better to fire up your still camera and do it right.
Nevertheless, I'm really glad to be able to grab some stills from this movie, and movie to image is a very easy way to do it.
In this course, photographer, author, and educator Ben Long explores the iPhone 5s as a serious photographic instrument, using its built-in features as well as a hand-selected collection of accessories and apps that will extend your iPhone power. He details the basics of shooting with the iPhone, and then delves into more advanced camera capabilities such as panoramas, HDR, and video. Ben also explores workflow issues, including editing, sharing, and printing photos and transferring them to a computer.