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Sony handycam DCR-HC36: Video to still image?

I am looking to purchase a Sony handycam DCR-HC36 and want to know if it is possible to freeze recorded video at a specific frame and save that frame as a still image on the memory stick of the camcorder. Any info. on this topic would greatly help me with my decision to purchase this camcorder.

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I don't know. But,

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I could do that on a PC or Mac.

Bob

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You can extract a still image by using a video editor like

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Sony's Vegas. The limitation is that the resolution of the image is extremely low, and considerable work will probably need to be done in a photo editor to make it useable.

High definition cameras can produce a much better image. For example, the Canon XH A1 can capture an image from the video by pressing a button. It yields a 2 plus megapixel image.

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I agree with the other two posters...

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generally, one would capture the frame at the video-editing application as opposed to doing it on the camcorder itself... but I also did a look up of the owner's manual at sony.com

Page 77 "Dubbing pictures from a tape to a "Memory Stick Duo" says, basically, with the camcorder in tape playback/edit mode, get to the video "scene" you want to be a still-image and hit the pause button on the LCD. Press the Photo button lightly - check the screen - then press photo button all the way. That image should be written to the memory card. I would expect the quality to not be too good - but it might be good enough for whatever it is you need.

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Thank You

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Thanks a lot for your info. That reference to the Sony manual is exactly what I needed.

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