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How To Take A High Quality Still Image From Video With Ease, In Photoshop

By Kishore Sawh on August 7th 2014

One of the great changes I’ve seen in recent times with photography related companies, has been a renewed sense of effort that goes into actually listening to what we the customers are saying. Now, I’m not fooled into thinking this is some spiritual altruistic shift, but rather the way companies need to behave to hang on to clients. We see this in the cameras that companies are producing and including features that users have been aching for, and also in how they often handle mishaps.

Sony clearly has been listening to the broader consumer base as has Fuji, as the two companies are putting out products that are just satisfying such a tremendous market share. Then Nikon, recently with the amount of money they’ve poured into sorting the D600 problems, and now they are replacing them with the newer D610. It’s a customer climate. Adobe, has quite possibly been listening keenest for the longest. With the Creative Cloud program, while not favored by everyone, it has allowed the company to have more feedback, more quickly than ever. This, in turn, has led them to be able to issue updates specific to what’s wanted, and much faster.

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Doing a survey on social media, they realized there was a huge portion of people who want to understand how to use Photoshop for video, ranging from the high end to basic users. Among the requests was to learn how to take a still from a video, especially now that video is recorded at such high quality. They’ve answered with this great short video.


Note that this is not just like freezing a frame and taking a screen capture. As such the process is obviously more arduous, but nothing to be intimidated by, and the results are brilliant. Photoshop will allow you to use an image sequencing mode, which lets you pick a particular frame, assign a size, what format, and even how to align numerous frames as layers to end up with a more stabilized and sharper final image. Furthermore, you are able to use a short trick to remove dust and noise, and even people, with relative ease. You also have options on how to view each frame so you don’t have to open hundreds of layers. Using intuitive movements and a sensible workflow, this will allow you to get just the right still that you want.

Source: Photoshop


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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Vasil Mitov

    Very helpfull, Thanks!

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  2. Basit Zargar

    will try it surely

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  3. Michael Moe

    thanks for sharing!

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  4. Nur Sharlin

    Thanks for posting!

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  5. James Matthews

    Wow. That is cool! I’m looking forward to playing with this instead of trying to capture using VLC snapshots. The median filter to remove objects sounds pretty awesome.

    I wonder if you could shoot a full high-def video and then set up an action/batch to grab a frame every second or so and then you can make a timelapse as well. I know it’s not a traditional timelapse but it’s a way to get both at the same time.

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  6. Nur Sharlin

    Need to try this one!

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  7. Bill Bentley

    Thanks for sharing this Kishore. I have been meaning to research this topic for a while now. With 4K video now starting to appear on some cameras I think this might be a great way to capture some high quality images while also shooting video. I believe some cameras have a feature where you can preset the video clip length to 3-4 seconds. That would be perfect for this since you’d only be importing around 120 frames.

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  8. Austin Swenson

    I’m going to have to try this, it looks pretty awesome!

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