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How to Create a Great Photo from a Video Freeze Frame

This image is from a timelapse video I recorded of the Mount Greylock Veterans War Memorial Tower. Here’s how I extracted the frame on my Mac.

Picture this: You’ve missed out on capturing a great photo moment. But don’t despair. Sometimes, that image could still exist, buried in a freeze frame of a video clip that you shot instead. And you wouldn’t know it till later when you review your clip.

If you recorded your video at 4K, the visual quality of any frame will likely be excellent. That said, the one variable that could prevent your video freeze from doubling as a photo is motion blur in the shot. But if you shot your video at a high enough frame rate (60 fps), the action should be sharply frozen.

Vacation Memories
Have you just returned from vacation and reviewed your photos? I recommend that you also take a look through the videos you shot with the goal of extracting a few frames. It’s a best practice that should help to fill in any gaps in your vacation photo collection.

Here are a couple video frames from my family’s recent vacation to the Berkshires:

Biking on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Ziplining at Berkshire East Mountain Resort

How to Take a Screenshot of a QuickTime Frame
There are any number of ways to extract a video frame. If you’re on a Mac, an especially easy solution is to take a screenshot of the frame in QuickTime Player.

Here’s the keyboard shortcut to do that:

  • Press Command+Shift+4 and then press the Space bar to change the pointer to a camera icon.
  • Click on your video freeze in the QuickTime window to record the screenshot.
    (Hold the Option key while you click on the window to exclude the window’s shadow.)
  • This will create a PNG file, which you can easily convert to a JPEG, TIFF or PDF.

You can also simply press Command+Shift+4 to generate a cross hair to drag over the video frame, but that takes more work to get the entire image. This capture technique is better used If you’re looking to extract only a portion of your video frame.

The Joy of Pulling Out Video Freeze Frames
It can be fun to mine your videos for freeze frames that double as photos. The process can generate some unexpected gems.

One last note: If you add your video frames to an existing collection of photos from an event, and you organize your pictures chronologically, don’t forget to adjust the capture times for your newly created images.

That will restore order to the visual storytelling of your photo collection.

And for me, order = joy.

Feeling Comfortable Yet?

Our cat has no problem relaxing, and even occasionally expresses her feline Zen for my camera. I find her disposition a helpful reminder to take a deep breath every now and again.

These are, no doubt, strange times. Complete with plenty of stress and uncertainty. So, it’s probably a good idea to take a few cues from our companion animals and chill out whenever possible. After all, it is summer.

So whether you’re hanging out in the country side…

Or beginning to get out again in the big city…

I hope you’re finding some time to relax and recharge. My family and I just returned from a little excursion to the Berkshires.

Find your sunshine.

How to Hold onto Your Best Summer Memories

Don’t let those great summer memories go. Sure, you’ll remember them, but you’ve probably also got some digital documentation as well. That’s the key. Here’s what I did…

Summer’s over. Deal with it. But don’t move on… not yet. Now’s the time to review, organize and archive all of the great summer photos and videos you captured. Like me, you probably haven’t had the time to organize your summer memories, because you’ve been living them!

The best way to hold onto all of those great memories is to properly share them:

  • Email or text a few of the very best to your family and friends
  • Share them on your social media accounts
  • Print out a couple of photos for your desk at work
  • Add them to your digital Wi-Fi cloud photo frame in your living room
    (I use Nixplay frames)
  • Make a hard-copy photo album from your go-to online service
    (I use Blurb)
  • Add your favorite photo to the background of your smartphone screen
    So, when someone asks how your summer was… you have that perfect image at the tip of your fingertips. You then turn your phone around, and your summer recap story can begin!

And remember, nobody wants to hear about your summer adventures when the leaves start to fall. That time is now.

So, in the spirt of not only doing what I say, but also doing what I do…
Here’s my summer recap in five photos and five videos…

Watching the Summer Solstice Sunset from Griffith Observatory
Seeing the Space Shuttle Endeavor at the California Science Center

Experiencing July 4th Fireworks at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, CT

Riding the Port Jefferson Ferry
Port Jefferson Ferry

Fishing in Peconic, NY

Boogie Boarding at the Peconic Shore
Boogie Boarding at Peconic Shore

Picking Blueberries at Bhavana Blueberry Farm in Southold, NY

Picking Blueberries at Bhavana Farm

Spotting Humpback Whales off Cape Cod from the Hyannis Whale Watcher

Humpback Whales off Cape Cod

Swimming Underwater at Joshua’s Pond in Osterville, NY

Ziplining at The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT
Ziplining at Discovery Adventure Park

Share Your Summer Memories Now!
…And how was your summer?

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