Frame Capture Using VideoReDo

Looking to capture still images from your favorite video files? Maybe you'd like to capture some clips from the last family gathering to share out on your online photo album.

Whether you want to pull frames from your favorite programs to use as your new backdrop, or create slides from a video for this year's science fair, VideoReDo's got you covered. This excellent video editing software package gives you the tools to quickly and easily manipulate individual frames from your video collection and helps you create cool projects.

Getting Started

Do you have a copy of VideoReDo? If not, you'll need one. You can download the free trial or purchase it for $49.99. VideoReDo supports common video file types like MPEG, but it can also read and edit many DVR video files like TivoToGo ".tivo" files and Windows Media Center DVR-MS files.

Once you've downloaded and installed the software, launch VideoReDo on your PC. Click the "Open Video" button and choose the video file that you want to edit. Your selected video will open in the main editing window and will begin playing. You'll notice a bar line below the video playing in your editing window. This is your time line; you can move forward and back within the video by moving along the bar.

Capture & Edit Frames

Navigate to the video frame you wish to capture. You can drag the slider on the timeline to jump through the video. Once you're close to the part of the video you care about, use the and buttons to advance individual frames until you're on the frame you wish to capture.

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Click on the "Edit" menu and select "Capture Frame." Hitting "Ctrl+C" also brings up the capture window.

The capture dialogue gives you two options:

  • to copy the video frame to the clipboard
  • to output as a bitmap file

Frames copied to the clipboard can be pasted into documents or an image editor of your choice. If you elect to save your file as a bitmap, you'll need to assign an unique name and location to the file.

For either output option (clipboard or bitmap) you can generate the full-sized frame or scale it down to half, quarter, or one-eighth of the original file size.

Hit "OK," and you're done. The frame is now a digital still, either on your clipboard or as a bitmap on your hard drive.