There are two approaches. Let's call them the shotgun approach and the rifle approach.
Drag the video clips into an iMovie Project. Then SHARE/EXPORT USING QUICKTIME.
Choose Still image sequence. This will give you 30 jpegs per second for all the clips. In other words, it will give you every single frame, converted to a still.
Download a free app to your Mac called MPEG Streamclip from Squared 5.
Open MPEG Streamclip.
In iMovie, right click on one of the Video clips, and select "Show in Finder".
Drag these clips from the Finder into MPEG Streamclip. You should be able to hit the Play button and see them all.
Move the playhead in MPEG Streamclip to the exact frame that you want. Then click FILE/Export Frame. You can choose whether you want JPEG, TIFF, or PNG. And choose a location. Move the playhead to the next frame you want and repeat.
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Thanks - I looked through some numerous pages and found this. But...
I am having PROBLEMS with this also
1) I am not getting the right clip in when I do this in my finder
2) After deleting the many files I tried this with I can no longer get the Finder menu to come up
Have you experienced any of these problems?
I am thinking of dumping this Imac. I have never had this problem with any IBM based program
but ALSO APPLE will add this feature soon
Only if someone tells them.
If you want this fixed, you should leave feedback with Apple about this.
iMovies 02 to 09 could do this.
The best thing about iMovie '11 stills is that they now match perfectly with the video frame, so freeze frames are identical to the preceding video frame. Likewise with stills from an Event. This exact match was how things worked with very early versions of iMovie, particularly version 2. But, I found that stills from iMovie HD 6 weren't as sharp or clear, or as saturated, as the video frames they were extracted from.
So, I much prefer the stills from iMovie '11 when adding them to a project. If I need them for other purposes (which I frequently do), I use MPEG Streamclip or otherwise a screen grab in full screen view. With screen grabs, the best approach is to create a new project and add stills from your Event, with each still having the shortest possible duration. Then show that project full screen and grab the stills from the frames using the key combination Command>Shift>4. Use the left/right arrow keys to progress through the project. I get excellent quality stills this way and generally import them to iPhoto for further enhancement, cropping etc. After processing in iPhoto, I often use them in Keynote, then import back to my main project in iMovie '11 for producing a highlights slideshow.
John, I did a comparison between Grab and a free app called SKITCH and I find SKITCH to be superior. First of all, the borders of the copy are cleaner looking, more precise. Second, you can write notes in Skitch, draw arrows, draw boxes around significant info, or circles if you prefer.
Also, you can do it in any color you choose. You can also change the size, edit, and reformat to jpeg or tiff or pdf etc etc.
I use it every day. It is the best free app I have.
John, Skitch does exist because after migrating all my stuff to a new account on my Snowy OS, which was a true headache, I went and downloaded a new Skitch. Here is the URL: Download Skitch for Mac