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iMovie 11 does not allow the capture of a still from video

96701 Views 68 Replies Latest reply: Feb 5, 2014 12:54 PM by evergrateful RSS
  • willygates Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm not asking for a "project manager" to respond to this forum, but a response from someone at Apple saying, "Thank you for your input, we will take a look at the problem" would be nice. Like I mentioned previously, this is THEIR forum for users. Obviously, I could google a ton of outside sites that would offer the same workarounds, but why beat around the bush? It should be addressed right here, right now. Do we have Facebook this crap to get somebody off their butt at Apple?

    On a positive note, I did submit a "feedback" as per your suggestion, but I am certain not to expect an answer.

    People want some answers here, and I would only hope it would be from Apple. I see nothing.

    Btw, I'm still shouting. Love it, leave it. I don't care.
    imac, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,255 points)
    but physical possesion is becoming less-and-less fashionable.


    I don't know about fashion, but having the original software on disk has saved me many times.

    Anyone who owns an iPhone, iPad, or iPod already know and trusts this upgrade system.


    I own all three of those devices, and I do NOT "trust" the upgrade system.

    I have known many people that have upgraded their iOS or Apps to discover that features or capabilities have been removed. Going backwards to an older version is difficult (but possible) with an iPhone or iPad.

    Another advantage of the physical possession of software is, you can often sell older versions (iMovie 06 can cost 5 times more than iMovie 11).

    This is something they should have fixed from day one


    No disagreement there, (I would give them 60 days.) I use iMovie 06 more frequently than iMovie 11, so I frequently find myself missing; File > Save Frame, in iMovie 06.

    As far as them watching, I certainly can't vouch either


    I can, they are not watching.

    It would absolutely amaze me though that the app developers and their underling employees would not be trolling here to get input and reflections on their work.


    Start being amazed, feedback is gathered by direct e-mails from users sent to developers, and from focus groups, any paid testers.

    The reason this is the case is because information on any forum is very unreliable. I have seen many people come to Apple discussions and say that "XYZ does not work". Others will say "XYZ works perfectly". I am not saying there is zero information here. I'm saying that it's difficult to filter out valuable data to allow developers to improve their products.

    Interestingly, this very thread is a perfect example. Someone would have to read through three pages to find out that _you and I_ think that iMovie 11 should have a Save Frame feature.
  • willygates Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ziatron,

    Although I am impressed by your sentence-to-sentence breakdown of my quote, the point remains...

    1/ Owning software on a piece of plastic STILL a thing of the past, although I wish otherwise;
    2/ You do trust the Apple IOS system, since you have very few options otherwise;
    3/ They ARE watching...they just don't respond.
    4/ Focus groups? They obviously didn't focus on this feature. Kudos for them for not viewing this forum. Thanks for the pain.

    What am I missing here? Apple has generated an app. The app has glitches and needs fixing.

    Apple....fix the glitch..give us the update. It's done. Is that hard?
    imac, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • 69er Calculating status...
    Hi,

    I approach this issue in a rather more basic fashion.
    I do a full frame preview of the desired shot and use the apple screengrab,
    (cmd/shift/4), which places the shot on my desktop.

    matt
    imac 27", Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • strider15 Calculating status...

    YO!  Paul Ramsay!  YOU DA MAN!  THe MPEG Streamclip works perfect!  Hey everyone using iMovie '11 who wants to capture still frames, but learned that you CANNOT CAPTURE STILL FRAMES IN IMOVIE '11, MPEG Streamclip is the solution.  Freeware download.  I got mine from CNET.  Just open your video in it, find the frame you want and "export frame" as a jpeg to your desired location.  Took me like 10 seconds, and it's free.  Great solve Paul Ramsay.  The lack of this feature in iMovie '11 is mind-boggling, but like you said, at least there is a no-cost, good-quality, user friendly fix.  This was very helpful as I'm working on creating a diet and exercise video using iMovie and iDVD, and I need many stills from the video.  Thanks again!  MPEG STREAMCLIP IS THE SOLUTION HERE EVERYONE.

  • acebladeOnYouTube Calculating status...

    I thought I would post on here to confirm that "Command + Shift + 4" is the best workaround for this missing iMovie 11 feature.

     

    It will turn your mouse into cross hairs and you can drag a selection around the video still you'd like to be your image. It will save to your desktop where you can drag it wherever you wish.

     

    Perfect for me when I want to drag clips from my video to be used in iDvD.

  • elikness Level 4 Level 4 (2,635 points)

    Combined with Full Screen Playback the Command+Shift+4 is what I have used to get as large a screenshot as possible before re-using it in other applications.

  • dl7sc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, Paul, for the comment.  I was frustrated trying to capture stills from a recent video and did not like the processes that I found in my web searches.  Found your post on the forum and now all is groovy.  Thanks for taking the time to share.

  • tbone727 Calculating status...

    This was equally frustrating for me so I appreciate the efforts of the folks on the post. I know this is a workaround, but I was playing the movie on my iPad and realized if I paused the movie and waited a second for the play/pause controls to go away, I could do a screen grab from the iPad. (hold the power key and hit the home button, in case you didn't know)

     

    Picture looks great and it took about 3 seconds!!

     

    -T

  • Hyuni Calculating status...

    I tried several of the suggested routes, and I found this to be the fastest, easiest way to go.  I couldn't get Grab to get a photo without the controls on the screen.  MPEG Streamclip does exactly what iMovie 11 should do as a matter of course! 

  • KimbaKoo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    that feature is on imovie 11 you should just be able to right click on the clip and click add still

  • Hyuni Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, but then where is the JPEG file?  A clip appears on the Project timeline, but I can't find source.  You used to be able to right click the clip and see the source file. 

  • Cris\' Bizness Calculating status...

    Why not do a screen capture? Shift Command 3 for the whole screen or Shift Comman 4 for a selection of the screen.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    I made a short video tutorial for how to capture a still frame from iMovie using MPEG Streamclip.

     

  • RickTexasCowboy Calculating status...

    Stills grabbed from compressed video files, such as MPEG-x, are generally inferior to stills captured directly from the camera - and here's why:

     

    All video compression schemes base their algorithms, in part, on motion that is occuring from frame to frame. That is, the individual frames that you see when parsing a compressed video file have been created (during recording) to trick your brain in certain ways as you see the frames fly by (during viewing). And even when there is no motion, compression algorithms may alter individual frames, because there is only "so much" that the eye and brain can process at X-fps. And so sophisticated compression schemes "throw away" or alter those pixels that "you" would not take notice of anyway. We've all seen those psychological art objects, that trick the brain. MPEG-4 goes deeper into this psychology than does MPEG-1, which is one reason that -4 compression is more compact.

     

    When you have no other choice but to grab stills, search for segments where motion is minimized. But, beware, the compressor may have fuzzied grandma's brooch in that wedding video, because it has guessed that your brain would not have seen it anyway, when viewing those frames in video form.

     

    FYI: Psycho-acoustic coding is accomplished in much the same way as video when deriving MP3 and AAC files: The compressor throws away notes (at their loudness) which the brain would not hear anyway in the music stream - given what is occuring and what is about to occur in "nearest neighbors". But when taking a shorter time slice of the music in isolation, your ear might actually hear those notes.

     

    DOES ANYONE KNOW OF A GOOD CAMERA FRAME GRABBER? Hopefully shareware of course. This is not rocket science, and it looks like Apple could include this with their OSX, given that so many people would like to do it... I have a video camera on my microscope, and I simply would like to grab a still of some bacteria. Yes, the movie is not too bad, but I can do better with just a "camera shot" - with no compression.

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