How to Convert a MOV to a JPEG

By Mario Calhoun

The MOV file format is a standard file type found in the Apple QuickTime application and can be converted from a video file to a still image in JPEG format. Videos are a collection of multiple frames, and each frame can be paused and turned into a picture through the QuickTime exporting tool. Once exported, the JPEG is viewable in any photo manager on your Mac or Windows-based PC. QuickTime Pro 7 (or later) is required to export the frame and is available for download frrom the Apple QuickTime site (see Resources).

Things You'll Need

  • QuickTime 7 Pro or later

Step 1

Launch QuickTime on your computer, and click the "File" menu at the top of the application's window.

Step 2

Click "Open" in the drop-down menu, and locate the MOV file in the pop-up dialog box. Double-click the file to open it in QuickTime.

Step 3

Click and drag the playhead at the bottom of the video to the frame you want to convert into an image.

Step 4

Release your mouse to place the playhead at the specific frame, and click "File." Click "Export" in the drop-down menu.

Step 5

Click "Movie to Picture" in the Export window, and click "Options." Click "JPEG" in the Compression Type menu.

Step 6

Click "Export" to copy the frame from the video to a new image.