How to Convert MP4 to Image

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

A movie in the MP4 video format can be watched on a computer or mobile player. The video can be converted into a series of pictures by using Apple's Quicktime Pro 7 software. Quicktime Pro 7 works in the same way on both Mac and Windows-based computers. The conversion process for making images from the MP4 file only requires following a series of steps exactly. The original MP4 file is not changed in any way.

Step 1

Download a Mac or PC version of the Quicktime Player from the Apple website. Return to the Quicktime website and purchase the serial key for turning the Quicktime Player into Quicktime Pro 7. Install the Quicktime Player on the desktop of the computer. Run the Quicktime Player and go to "Quicktime," "Registration" and enter the serial key into the empty space provided for it. Cose the window and quit the Quicktime Player to turn it into Quicktime Pro 7 the next time it is opened.

Step 2

Create any empty folder on the desktop of the computer and name it "Images." Run the Quicktime Pro 7 program. Go to "File," "Open File" and navigate to the MP4 file. Click on the file to select it and press the "Open" button at the lower right corner of the window that is open to load in the file and close the window.

Step 3

Go to "File," "Export" and select "Movie to Image Sequence" from the drop down menu next to the "Export" tab in the window that appears. Navigate to the desktop and to inside of the "Images" folder. Press the "Save" button at the lower right of the window to save the MP4 file as images and close the window.

Step 4

Quit the Quicktime Pro 7 program. Click on the "Images" folder to open the folder, and view the image files that were made from the MP4 file.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make a copy of the picture folder that is created and save the copy to another hard drive. This will give you a backup of the pictures should you delete any of the pictures by accident.
  • Don't have other programs running while Quicktime Pro 7 is doing the conversion from video to still pictures. This will eliminate the chance of corruption resulting from another program interfering with the conversion.