5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 11, 2013 5:20 AM by applerocks
yayalu Level 1 (0 points)

Please help.

I would like to know how to export a still-frame from an iMovie '11 clip into iPhoto.  I know how to capture the still-frame that I want.  I know that I can use that within an iMovie '11 project.  I want to export this iMovie '11 still-frame into iPhoto, so that I may work it as a photo. (Not vice verse)

iMovie '11 seems to be missing this feature that the older versions have.

Thank you.

iMovie '11, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • theimovieguy Level 2 (330 points)



    I think the easiest way to do this would be to use your screen capture feature on a mac. If you hold down COMMAND SHIFT 4  you can then outline that clip in the viewer and take a snap shot of the picture which you then can add to iPhoto and then to iMovie.

  • yayalu Level 1 (0 points)

    Seriously? The old system was replaced by this?  Why? It seems so "un-Mac". 

    Thank you for your quick response. I'll try this.  Thank you.

  • theimovieguy Level 2 (330 points)

    Now, if you don't want to go through iPhoto which is how you mentioned you can also set your playhead on the spot of the clip where you want a freeze frame and then you can go up to FILE - SAVE FRAME AS


    That will then save a default 5 sec still frame of that spot on your video clip. It will save it in the shelf of your project and then you can drag it into your project. So, you don't go through iPhoto which I think you were wanting to but it can be done inside iMovie.


    The iMovie Guy

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 (27,415 points)

    I have written a post on how to do this using MPEG Streamclip. Here is a link.


  • applerocks Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Appleman!!    Just wanted to let you know I followed your advice and was able to capture some great still shots.  Thanks again!!   Chris