How to extract continuous still images from video for free: How to use Scene filter in VLC media playerWith VLC media player, a well-known free video player, you can extract still images from your videos. Not limited to MP4, any video that can be played on VLC can be converted (captured) to images such as png, jpeg, bmp, tiff e.t.c.. You can specify extract image width, height and frame intervals to capture, and save them in any folder.
Install VLC media player
However, if you leave file type associations at their defaults, any media that can be played by VLC, such as video and audio files, will be tied to VLC. It is recommended to turn this off.
VLC media player pre-configurationYou need to change VLC settings before you can extract still images from your video.
- Image format
- Specify file format of output images. Enter "png", "jpg", "jpeg", "bmp", "tiff", etc. Do not add ".". Note that "gif" is not supported.
- Image width / height
- Specify width and height of output images. Usually specify the size of the original video. If you specify a size different from the original video, output images will be scaled up or down. If you specify a value that has a different aspect ratio from the original video, output images will be transformed.
- Filename prefix
- Specify character string to be added before the file name of output images. Output file name will be prefix specified here with a 5-digit frame number (starting with "00001").
- Directory path prefix
- Specify drive / folder to output images like "E:\work\images\temp\". Last "\" may or may not be present.
- Always write to the same file
- If you check this, images will always be overwrite with same file name. The file name is just a prefix, not added frame number. Therefore, only the last screen is left.
- Recording ratio
- Specify how many frame intervals to capture. For example, in a video recorded at 30 FPS, if you specify 30 here, one image will be captured every second. It can be calculated by [recording ratio] = [video FPS value] x [capture interval (seconds)].
Result of "Save"ed settings will take effect after restarting VLC player. Therefore, you must save settings and restart VLC media player every time you change parameters.
Extract / capture frames
When you stop playing video, image output also stops.
If you specify (repeat play) etc. and play the same video repeatedly, same still image file will be output many times. Same video image will be overwritten on the file with same frame number.
VLC media player post-configurationAfter capturing, turn off the scene video filter. Otherwise, still images will be captured each time you play the video on VLC media player.
If you click "Save" and then play another video without restarting VLC media player, captured still images will be overwritten with another image.