Exporting a frame from a video clip in Adobe Premiere

Videos are great for storytelling and capturing events. Sometimes, however, all you need is a picture. Luckily, live footage you’ve taken can serve as both. It’s quite easy to convert one frame of a video clip into a useable photo.

In fact, when you’re working in Adobe Premier, all it takes is the click of a button and a little file-path selection. From the Classic workspace in Adobe Premiere, you should be able to preview two video clips: one any ‘source’ clip you drag and drop into the source clip screen, the other your current project sequence.

Premiere workspace

You can export a still picture from either preview box. First just make sure the clip is at the place you want to ‘take’ the still picture and that the video is stopped. Then simply press the ‘export frame’ button, the small camera icon — the right-most in the bottom line of icons under the video.

Export icon

You will be prompted to provide a document name and file path. This is your opportunity to save the frame somewhere you will be able to easily access it later. When you are finished selecting your root folder, click OK.

Export window

Your video frame will be saved as a PNG in the location you selected. Simply upload it to your site or edit it in Photoshop to get it ready for use on a Web page or by another Adobe program.

— Cathy

~ by cathybutchy on December 12, 2011.

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