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How to Export a Great Photo from a Video Freeze

Why do video editing platforms offer the option to save a frame of video? Well, if you’re the family videographer who captured the video but missed the photo moment, a little video editing can generate the photo of your dreams. Here’s how…

Have you ever realized that you’ve recorded a great family moment on video, but you didn’t snap a single photo? Well, don’t despair! If you’re living in the world of 4K video, you can steal a frame from your video file to create a high-res image that you can frame!

Here’s how you do it on a Mac…

If you’re watching your video in QuickTime, there’s the quick-and-dirty way:

  • Simply find your desired frame and pause the video
  • Copy the specific section of your screen that contains the video window by pressing Apple/Shift/4 and then drag the crosshair pointer to create the appropriate box
  • That screenshot will pop onto your desktop as a PNG file
  • From there you can easily convert it to a JPEG or TIFF

JPEG creation is really easy to do in iMovie:

  • In your timeline, simply scrub your playhead to a specific moment
  • Click on the ‘Share’ icon in the upper right corner
  • Click on ‘Image’
  • Then, select where you want to save your new JPEG

Final Cut Pro X
Note: ‘Save Current Frame’ isn’t a default option in FCPX. You’ve got to add it if you’re doing this for the first time:

  • In your timeline, scrub your playhead to your magic moment
  • Click on the ‘Share’ icon in the upper right corner
  • Click on ‘Add Destination’
  • Drag ‘Save Current Frame’ over to the left column to create this choice if necessary
  • Then, click out of Destinations and start your process again
  • The next time… choose ‘Save Current Frame’
  • Click Settings and choose your file format
    (There are more options here than what iMovie offers.)
  • Then, select where you want to save your new photo file

A Video Frame Can Create a Great Portrait
Surprisingly, this technique can also be quite useful when you’re trying to capture a more natural portrait of someone who has a difficult time posing for the camera.

Sure, it’s hard to choose a good freeze when someone’s talking, but the trick is to grab a frame immediately after a sentence. If it’s also at the end of a complete thought, there’s usually a second of a pause to select from.

Find Your Favorite Photo in Your Next Video
Other video editing platforms like Adobe Premiere Pro also have the same freeze frame capture capabilities. So, essentially you’re totally covered to create the photo of your dreams… as long as you can mine a good video clip.
(Yes, those pesky details)

Good luck!

Learn These 7 Tricks Video Editors Use

“They’ll fix it in post!” Have you ever heard this phrase? Well, you don’t have to be a video editor to understand how great editing works. If you’re at all curious, I’ve got a few strategies to share that you might want to check out…

It’s well known that photos can be tweaked in any number of ways. This has been happening for decades. But today, digital photo editing tools are available to the masses. So, just about anyone can manipulate a picture and remove unwanted elements.
(I use Adobe Lightroom.)

The same technologies have helped improve video editing, even though your brain does more of the heavy lifting as opposed to just relying on software.
(Although I’m sure AI will one day regularly compete in the same storytelling arena as human minds.)

Digital editing platforms, such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X are where talented video editors practice their craft molding stories.

And these editors have a few tricks up their sleeves that you might not expect.
Want to know what they are? Well, you’re in luck!
I just wrote an article on LinkedIn which explains 7 of them…

Please click here to read –
“Become a Better Producer by Knowing These 7 Video Editing Tricks”

And let me know about any other helpful strategies you think I should add to my list…


Do You Have 29 Seconds to Spare?

Whoa!! It’s all gone by fast! Allow me a moment to wish you Happy Holidays!
I think that’s probably all that anyone has time to read right now.

Well, perhaps I could ask for another 29 seconds to watch a little video I edited together that captures a bit of my own experience…

I call it “Holiday Blur.”

Each photo is a moment that contributed to my holiday season’s overall whole.
At the end, it always feels like a blur, right?

In case you’re interested, here are the tools I worked with:
I used my trusty Panasonic Lumix LX10 for most of the photos, tweaked the images with Adobe Lightroom, edited the video with Final Cut Pro on my iMac and used music from

The locations:
Norwalk, CT and Westport, CT. In New York City: Bryant Park, Grand Central Terminal, Finnegan’s Wake Pub, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square


(To watch more of my videos, check out my Vimeo channel.)

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