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Pulling a quality still image from a movie clip?

 
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Jun 15, 2018 09:05 |  #1

On a recent trip to Yellowstone. we caught some images and video of a newborn Elk calf being swept downstream in the Lamar river. (It eventually made it out).

Looking at the stills and video, it looks like the best shot might be the pic that shows up on the video as the first image.

Is there a simple way to extract that image without losing resolution? I use LR 5 although I'm not overly proficient in it. I don't think a "snip image" would give me the quality I'm looking for.

Thanks in advance for any tips!

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Jun 15, 2018 09:12 |  #2

Video quality is not exactly stellar. A very simple way to extract decent stills is VLC. You go to the still you are interested in and press >shift s< (S) and you get a decent png in the standard picture folder (Win10).


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Jun 15, 2018 09:19 |  #3

Thanks. I'll download a version for the Mac and give it a try. I'll try to remember this is capturing a moment in time rather than a stellar photograph. All the still shots show the back of the calfs head, only the video shows the front and the expression.


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Jun 15, 2018 09:52 |  #4

Nordwil57 wrote in post #18645751 (external link)
Thanks. I'll download a version for the Mac and give it a try. I'll try to remember this is capturing a moment in time rather than a stellar photograph. All the still shots show the back of the calfs head, only the video shows the front and the expression.

Good idea; but at the same time, try to remember that capturing a moment is sometimes more important than a stellar or more technically accurate photo.

Hopefully some other folks will have additional alternatives for you to try outside of grabbing a windows screenshot; I don't work with or process video, so I can't be much help there.


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Jun 15, 2018 10:51 |  #5

Some of the more modern cameras that shoot video have a function built into the camera menu system that permits a still frame to be grabbed from a video as well. I do not know what camera you shot the footage with, but check the manual for your camera to see if yours has this feature.

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Jun 15, 2018 11:40 |  #6

drmaxx wrote in post #18645748 (external link)
Video quality is not exactly stellar. A very simple way to extract decent stills is VLC. You go to the still you are interested in and press >shift s< (S) and you get a decent png in the standard picture folder (Win10).

I agree - it's very simple and I do it quite often. I also use VLC Media Player, but I save the frames as TIFFs.

As for quality, if your camera takes 4K video, you set the shutter speed high, and choose the frames to save carefully, the results are quite acceptable for most normal purposes.

Here's a random frame I just extracted to illustrate. 16x9 format video using a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. Just resized from 3840x2160 to 1280 hoz.

IMAGE: http://community.netidea.com/teekay/temp/Snap1280.jpg



  
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Jun 16, 2018 07:19 |  #7

I just printed a 20"x30" photo I pulled from a Mavic Pro drone video. Used Adobe Premiere to extract the photo. Came out great after some PP.


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