Way back in the day, long before Apple turned iMovie into an app for the great unwashed masses who use that powerful app for YouTube and Facebook uploads, there was a simple way to grab a freeze frame still image from a video clip on your Mac. The feature was built in. All you needed to do was slide the video to the frame you wanted to capture, click the menu a couple of times, and you had a freeze frame image.
These days, Apple’s iMovie, which is supposed to be easier for the masses to use to create movies, makes the single freeze frame still image capture a hideously complex multi-step process.
What to do? If you need to extract a freeze frame still image from a video clip one of the easiest, fastest ways is with the inexpensive SnapMotion app. It’s drag and drop simple. Drag a movie clip onto SnapMotion.
Open a video clip you want to use, move the video playhead to the exact frame in the movie clip that you want to extract, and SnapMotion saves the still image to the timeline below with just a click.
Yeah, uh huh. It’s that easy. But the feature list is longer than easy.
Still images can be extracted from a movie clip manually, or at a specific time in the movie, or automatically every x-number of seconds (great for a strobe effect).
SnapMotion handles whatever video files formats that QuickTime Player can handle. It’s fast, easy, and no headache at all. Use it to snap multiple frames in a video clip. Use it build an animated image and save it as a GIF. Use it to create a still image and share it online.
It’s all good here.
See? The new iMovie is better for newbies and noobs to create videos with a bunch of clips, but the simple art of a freeze frame is more convoluted for some reason.