How Take Screenshots With Quicktime

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Taking screenshots or exporting still frames from your video in QuickTime requires upgrading your free QuickTime 7 Player to QuickTime 7 Pro from Apple, priced at $29.99 as of April 2011. This is an additional component that allows users to edit, cut, copy, paste, and export their videos to different formats, including still images. QuickTime Pro supports exporting screenshots to BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, and Photoshop images, among others.

Things You'll Need

  • QuickTime 7 Pro Component

QuickTime Upgrade

  • Open your Internet browser and go to QuickTime Pro's download page. Click the "Buy QuickTime 7 Pro" button, either for Mac or Windows, and proceed to the purchase screen. Press the "Buy Now" button on the right side of the screen under the "Activation Key Product" field. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the purchase process.

  • Check your email for the purchase confirmation and 20-digit registration key sent by Apple.

  • Open QuickTime. Click "Edit," then select "Preferences" if running Windows, or "QuickTime" then "Preferences" if running Mac OS X.

  • Enter your 20-digit registration code into the proper field and click "OK" to instantly upgrade to QuickTime Pro.

Taking Screenshots

  • Open a new QuickTime player window. Drag and drop your video's icon into the empty player window and allow it to load.

  • Move the playback cursor along the QuickTime video timeline to where you want a still image exported.

  • Click "Edit" then select "Export" if running Windows. Click "File" then "Export" if you are using Mac OS X to enter the "Export Options" screen.

  • Click the "Export" drop-down box then select "Movie to Picture." Press the "Options" button and select a still image format. Click "OK" to return to the "Export Options" menu.

  • Name your still image and choose a save location on your hard drive. Click "Save" to export your screenshot. Repeat as needed for each still image.

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