Turn a video into a picture on iPhone iPad

Recently someone asked me how to turn a video into a photo on iPhone. It is a sport video and he wants to take photos out of the video for sharing on his blog. The easiest way to extract pictures from a video on iPhone or iPad is to take a screenshot on the iOS device. Just open the Camera Roll or Photos app on the device, find and play the video, then pause at the video frame which you like to grab and save as image file, finally press the home and sleep buttons simultaneously. You can refer to previous linked article for more details about how to capture screen on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The method to capture screen on iPhone X can also be found in the above guide.


  • Method 1. Extract photos from videos on iPhone iPad using ImgPlay
  • Video demo - Save video frames as images using ImgPlay
  • Method 2. Export frame from videos on PC
  • Method 3. Converting video to pictures on computer using VLC player
  • Method 4. Save video frame as image on Mac
  • Method 5. Convert video to photo using Photoshop

This method however has its drawbacks. For example, it is not very easy to find the best picture from the video as you can’t preview the frames one by one. What’s worse, the picture quality is limited to your display resolution. For instance, if you extract a frame or picture from a video on iPhone 7 Plus, the image will be 1920*1080p, it is 1334*750p for iPhone 7, 2048*1536p for iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 2. What you get may not be the actual full resolution of source video file.

Method 1. Extract photos from videos on iPhone iPad using ImgPlay

ImgPlay is a GIF maker and video editor for iPhone which makes grabbing stills from video files snap. No trip to the computer is needed.

Open the app on your iPhone or iPad, you will be prompted to choose source files. You can import and edit videos, photos, GIFs or other compatible formats. Choose Video from the category, then browse to the video albums in Photos and import it to the editor.

The Trim screen opens where you can trim clips by dragging the edge of a clip. You don’t have to trim the video. However this trim feature can help you narrow down the search for the frames to export from the video. It is very useful when the source video is very long.

Tap on Next button to proceed to the Edit screen.

On the Edit screen you can find various tools you can make use of to edit the video, such as Canvas, Crop, Text, Filter, Sticker, Border, Speed, etc. At the top right corner, you can find the Save button along with the Frame View button. Tap on Frame View to preview all frames and photos inside the video.

Save video frames as images using ImgPlay – video demo

Method 2. Export frame from videos on PC

I tried several ‘video to photo converter’ app downloaded from App Store trying to get still picture with full HD quality. But none of them can do that unless you upgrade to the premium version. In fact, these free apps I have tried can only export very low quality pictures from videos, even worse than a screenshot on the device. It is difficult to find a really free app that can export photos from videos on iPhone and iPad. Whereas on the computer, we have a lot of free software tools can do that, such as the Photos app on Windows, the Photos app on Mac, QuickTime Player on Mac, and numerous third-party video editors, notably VLC media player. Thus if you still trying to figure out how to export full HD high resolution images from a video on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch without any fee, we recommend you export the videos to a computer first, then use one of those free apps to export frames from a video as images.

Method 3. Converting video to pictures on computer using VLC player

VLC media player is free, open source and cross-platform. Windows and Mac users can use VLC media player to take a video snapshot and export video frames on computer.

Here we will use VLC media player for Windows to demonstrate how you can export video frames on computer. Open the video in the media player on your PC. Find the frame you like to export, then pause. Click the Video menu, choose Take Snapshot from the drop-down menu. The selected video frame will be saved in PNG image format to the default Pictures folder on your PC.

Method 4. Save video frame as image on Mac

Method 5. Convert video to photo using Photoshop?

Photoshop is a very popular image editor with web designers. It is best-known as a image editor, in fact we can also find some very useful video editing features, such as converting photos to slideshow video, making animated GIF pictures, extracting frames from videos.

Update Dec 2022: added video demo to demonstrate how to save video frames as images using ImgPlay.

— Update: 13-02-2023 — us.suanoncolosence.com found an additional article Save a frame from video using Photos app in Windows 11 from the website www.softwarert.com for the keyword save a still image from a video using photos app.

Both Windows and Mac OS have the built-in app to help their users extract photos from videos. On Mac, we can use QuickTime player to export video frames. If you are a Windows user and have upgraded to the latest Windows 11, you can follow these quick steps to extract a still image from video using Windows Photos app which is pre-installed in the OS. No need to download a third-party video or photo editor for this task.


  • Method 1. Export video frames using Photos app
  • Method 2. Grab stills from video using Snipping tool

You may have been told to right click on the video once opened in the Microsoft Photos app and go to Edit & Create menu, then Save Photos. However if your OS is up-to-date, you won’t be able to find this Edit & Create menu any more. There has been a change in how you save still pictures from videos in Windows Photos app. With Microsoft Photos app version 2022.31070.26005.0 (could be the latest version as of Sep 2022), you can find the same capability following these steps.

Export video frames in Windows 11

Firstly, open Windows File Explorer to locate the video or movie, then right click on it and choose to open it in Photos app.

If you double click on it, most likely it will be opened in the Movies & TV app which is the default video player in Windows 11. Although we can eventually choose to open the video in Photos app within the Movies & TV app.

Once the video is opened in Microsoft Photos app, play the video, pause until you see the frame that you need to extract. You should see the More Options (three dots icon …) at the end of the play control bar. Click on it to expand the menu and choose Save a frame from the pop-up menu. You will then be taken to the Save Photo dialog where you can preview the selected frame, click the previous or next button to choose adjacent frames, or drag the slider or play head to browse through the video frames and quickly select any frame from the video you desire. Finally hit the Save a photo button in the upper right corner to save the video frame to the same folder as your source video. Note that the exported video frames will be save to the same folder as the video, it may not be in the Pictures folder.

Grab stills through screen capture

You can take a screenshot to save anything displays on your computer screen as still image. This is by far the simplest way to extract frames from a video. Here is how you can do it on Windows 11 PC.

Note that depending on your display resolution, the screenshot quality may suffer. Generally speaking, the higher the display resolution, the better the screenshots you can capture.

On your Windows computer, you can use the built-in app, the Snipping Tool, from Microsoft to quickly capture screen. Press on the print screen see if you can bring up this tool on your PC. The print screen key could be represented by various letters on different computers, such as Print Scrn, Prnt Scrn, Prt Scrn, Prt Scn, Prt Scr, Pr Sc or PrtSc. Alternatively you can press the Windows+Shift+S key combination to quickly start a snip. The keyboard shortcut gives you a choice to take a screenshot using a rectangular selection, freehand selection, full window, or full-screen capture.

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You can play the video in full screen with your preferred video player and pause it at the frame you want to capture. Then start the Snipping tool to capture the full screen and thus get screenshot with the highest resolution.

— Update: 06-03-2023 — us.suanoncolosence.com found an additional article How to Save Photo from Video in Windows 10 Photos App from the website filmora.wondershare.com for the keyword save a still image from a video using photos app.

With the galore of features loaded on Windows 10, it comes as no surprise that it can save photo from video using Windows 10 Photos app. You can not only edit photos using this app, but capture a still photograph from a video by reviewing it frame by frame. The photo quality is similar to as that of the video’s quality that you have used to capture the still from. These live photos are in JPEG format.

In this article, you will learn how to save photo from Windows 10 Photos app and the alternative way to save photo from video.

  • Part1: How to save photo from Windows 10 Photos app
  • Part2: Why I can’t save photo from video
  • Part3: Alternative way to save photo from video

Part 1: How to save photo from Windows 10 Photos app

In this part of the article, we are going to discuss, how you would save photo from video with Windows 10 Photos app. The Photos app has numerous features for you, and the editing tools would simply amaze you. You can use the Windows Ink to write on the images or capture stills from a video for that matter. Let’s see, how to save photo from video using Windows 10 Photos app –

First you need to create a living image and then save it as a still image.

Creating a living image:

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    • Open the folder containing your video and search the particular video. Right-click video > ‘Open With’ > ‘Photos’ > allow the video to play.
    • Right-click within the player > Edit and create > Save photos.

    • Now, you can see the living picture by tapping ‘Play’ button.

These photos are stored in the ‘Pictures’ folder of your computer having ‘LI’ appended file names. Now, it’s time to save the living image as photo on your computer using Photos app.

    • Tap on a living image > press the ‘right arrow’ and ‘left arrow’ to advance or reverse the frames.
    • Hit the ‘slider’ for manually adjusting the frames > tap ‘Save a photo’ for a desired frame you need to save.

  • This image will be saved as ‘LI_Moment’ file in your Pictures folder by default.

Part 2: Why I can’t save photo from video

In case, you are not able to save photos from video on Windows 10 Photos App. There might be issues with an outdated Microsoft OS patch update or the Microsoft account is having any problem. But, you don’t have to worry about the same.

We are explaining the solutions here –

1. Check the update

2. Sign in a different account in Microsoft Store

You got to login with another Microsoft account to access Microsoft Store. It might be your existing Microsoft Store account undergoing some issues. This in turn might be affecting the Photos app from acting properly. Therefore, signing in a different account will help.

Part 3: Alternative way to save photo from video

When you want to save photo from video Windows 10 Photos but fail to do so, you can look for alternate ways that are fruitful. ‘ScreenShot’ is an online tool that enables you to capture and edit anything popping up on your screen. From webpages, windows, media files, menus, objects, to webcams, you can literally capture anything. It supports Mac, Windows PC, Android devices etc. it supports AVI, FLV, MPEG, WMV, MOV, and MKV files and enables you to add shapes, texts, lines, arrows, and stylish effects while editing the captured images. You can even upload images to cloud or social networking sites like Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter etc. The pictures are saved in JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, and TIFF format on your computer. Automatic video capture at fixed intervals is also supported.

Here comes the guide –

    • Browse ScreenShot and hit ‘Take Screenshot’
    • Now, run the java applet and just hit the camera icon to capture shots.
    • See your mouse cursor appear like a blue crosshair. Hold down the mouse and drag to select the parts of the video you wish to shoot. While moving the mouse, you can see that the application window is covered with a blue border. You can capture the window by clicking there.

  • Once the image is captured, the editing tool bar is visible. It allows you to enhance the image to great extent.
  • Now, hit the ‘Save’ icon and get the image saved on your computer.


We provided you some knowledge on how to save a photo from video Windows 10 Photos. Out of the multiple ways to save photos from videos, you can try what suits you best. If you want to go for a desktop based application, then Windows Photos serves you best. But, when you want to get things done online, you can pick ScreenShot for that matter. Hope you liked our efforts!

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