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Frame capture from mpeg and avi - recommendations please?

by JillH / May 24, 2006 2:15 AM PDT

I am a teacher and I need a program I can use in school that will do frame captures from films we have made which are in mpeg and avi format. This is a one off thing so a trial version I can use for a couple of weeks will do as long as it gives me a clear picture with no advert writing on it.

Any suggestions gratefully received.

J. Haywood

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by JillH / May 24, 2006 2:16 AM PDT

I am using Windows XP by the way - not a Mac

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I'd suggest using the free program VirtualDub (1MB download) to do that. VirtualDub lets you go second-by-second and frame-by-frame through video (AVI and MPEG) until you find the image you want. Then just press Ctrl + 1 or Ctrl + 2 (there is a difference when editing video, but in your case it doesn't matter) to copy the frame. You can then open any photo editor (such as Paint) or even something like Microsoft Word, and paste the image in. It's not quite as nice as the $30 programs that do it all for you with the click of a single button, but it's still easy and completely free with no strings attached.

Hope this helps,

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old programs new uses
by JillH / May 24, 2006 3:14 AM PDT
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Aha Virtual dub - I remember using that years ago but I didn't know it could do frame capture - lol I suppose becuase I have never actually had the need to do this before!
Thanks very much for the suggestion!

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Give this one a try
by murrman / May 24, 2006 3:39 AM PDT
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by JillH / May 24, 2006 4:26 AM PDT
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Thanks very much I shall take a look.

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by JillH / May 24, 2006 4:27 AM PDT
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Downloaded it, it does the job great! Thanks very much!

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