You may want to extract a still image from a video for a project or entertainment purpose. Many freeware programs can do the task. But if you’re running Windows 10, you can use the built-in Photos app to save a video frame to a JPEG file easily.
Extract a Still Image from Video in Windows 10
- Open the video file using the Photos app.
- From the “Edit & Create” menu option, click “Save photos”. You can also right-click on the video, click “Edit & create”, and click “Save photos.”
- Use the slider, navigation arrows, or the arrow keys on your keyboard to go to the video frame you want.
- Once there, click on the Save a photo glyph icon at the top.
The output image is saved with the same name but with the
.jpg extension. Also, the image dimensions will be the same as the source video’s dimensions. For example, if the source video is
1280 x 720 (
720p), the output image will be of the exact same height and width.
If you want, you can trim/crop the image, or resize the image using the Photos app or the Image Resizer PowerToy.
It’s very weird that for some videos, you see the Save as dialog box when saving the still image. For others, the still image JPG file may be automatically saved in the same folder where the video file resides.
Output file size
Another issue is the size of the output image. The Photos app is known to produce large, uncompressed output files, be it a video or still image.
The still image output produced by the Photos app was big, and the
TinyPNG.com (lossy) compressor could compress it by
compressor.io gave the following outputs, 1st one was a lossless compression, and the 2nd, a lossy compression.
Do you have any other trick up your sleeve to extract still images from videos natively? Let’s know in the comments box below.
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1 thought on “How to Extract a Still Image from a Video in Windows 10”
Now there’s been an upgrade to Photos on Windows 10, I can’t just save a photo. The only option at the top is Trim. WT? Any hints on what else one can do?