3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 8, 2010 6:47 PM by Ralph3616

    Capture one frame to jpg image


      I have some old 8mm film converted to *.mov that I am trying to put together as a family film project. There are numerous people that I have long since forgotten (40+ yrs). I would like to capture some to these frames to a jpg type of image so that I can send it to other family members for identification.. If this is possible with  PP CS4... how?


      Thank you for your time


        • 1. Re: Capture one frame to jpg image
          the_wine_snob Level 9



          You can do a single Frame Export via Adobe Media Encoder (AME) easily as of CS4.1. Do not recall if JPEG was added to the possible formats, but you can certainly do TIFF, and then batch convert to JPEG in PS for an entire folder of these images. If JPEG is there, it will be in a drop-down menu from the still Frame Export dialog screen.


          Use the Cursor keys, to step back and forth, to get the best Frame in a group.


          Now, remember that the resolution will be low, i.e. 72 ppi when you go to print. In Video, ppi/dpi means nothing. Do not expect to blow these up very large and retain quality.


          Good luck,



          • 2. Re: Capture one frame to jpg image
            Ralph3616 Level 1

            Thanks Bill

            Kind of convoluted.. but I made it work.

            • 3. Re: Capture one frame to jpg image
              the_wine_snob Level 9

              In PrPro, prior to CS4, it was under File>Export>Still. With CS4, it moved to AME, as did everything else. However, a still frame Export was even worse. In CS4.1, IIRC, that process was simplified, though there was one loss - in the old days, one had a checkbox for "Import into Project," but that choice is now gone. About half of the time, I do want to Import the still into the current Project, and half the time do not. I still would like the option to decide for myself.


              As for the JPEG aspect, one must first realize that PrPro is not an image editing program, and is first a video-editing program. The JPEG format requires compression, and that is why the choices are limited - no JPEG (unless it was recently added), no PSD, no PNG. You get TGA, TIFF, BMP and GIF (surprised about this one myself). Between you and me, I would like to see Adobe add both .PSD and also JPEG, but can live without those, as I have PS and can do anything that I want and also automate the process with Actions and the batch processing in PS.


              Also, though not a "big button" fan, I'd love to see a one-touch solution to individual Frame Export, with the option to either Import into my Project, or not - at my discretion - plus add JPEG and PSD. Who knows, maybe CS5?


              Good luck,




              PS - even with older versions, it was not a one-click does it all operation, but now it's a step, or two, more. In early CS4 versions, it was a real PITA, so things have gotten better.

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