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Capture a Still Frame from a Video Using VLC


1 – Computer (Mac or Windows)

1 – VLC Software

1 – Video File (anything that VLC can open)


  1. Navigate to the video file on your hard drive.
  2. Right click on the file and select Open with… and select VLC. Alternatively you can open VLC and from the File Menu choose Open File… and select your video.
  3. Advance the video to the frame you’d like to capture (Note: the “e” key will advance forward a frame at a time).
  4. From the Video menu, select Snapshot, or use the keyboard shortcut Option-Command-s.
  5. The snapshot (still frame) will be automatically saved to the Pictures folder.


  1. Dave

    Are these screen captures or the actual video frames? I have run it on a 4k video and the image is about 7.5 megs.

    • Andy Rush

      Dave, This will capture one video frame of whatever you’re playing in VLC. 7.5MB sounds about right because 1080p video gives a file of about 1.5 to 2MB.

  2. David

    Thank you!!!

  3. Chris

    very helpful thanks

  4. Kostas

    Version 3.0 now won’t include subtitles in the captured image 🙁
    Any workarounds?

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