How to Copy a Still Picture of a Video

By Daniel Ketchum

If you are creating a document in which you are describing a movie, television show or video, you may decide to copy an image that was in it. If you happen a have a licensed copy of Photoshop this is a fairly simple task. All you do is select “File” and choose to import the video frame you want as a layer. If you do not have Photoshop, the best solution is to use your computer’s print screen function.

Step 1

Transfer the video that you want to get a still picture from onto your computer from whatever digital storage device or medium it is to the hard drive.

Step 2

Start your media player and expand it to fill the screen.

Step 3

Select “File” and click “Open.” In the dialog box that pops up, browse to the location of the video you loaded in step 1 and open it.

Step 4

Click on the “Play” button to start the video. Place your mouse cursor over the “Pause” button. The moment the video gets to the section you want use, click “Pause.”

Step 5

Hit the “Print Screen” button (it is usually abbreviated to something like “PRT SC”) on your keyboard. This will store the contents of your screen on your computers “clipboard.” If you computer starts to print the screen, cancel the print job.

Step 6

Start the Microsoft Paint program that you will find located under “Accessories.” Click on “Edit” in the menu and from the options select “Paste.” The contents of the screen when you hit “”Print Screen” will appear. You will see that in addition to the picture you wanted, the controls of the media player and other features of your screen are also in the image you captured.

Step 7

Select the “Rectangular” selection tool from the toolbar on the left and use it to draw a selection around the part of the captured image that you want. Then select “Edit” and click “Cut.”

Step 8

Select “File” and click “New” When the programs asks if you want to save the contents of the current document click “No.” A new blank document will open.

Step 9

Select “Edit” and click “Paste.” Select “File” and click “Save.” Name you file and save it as a JPEG.