How to save video frames as images, with VLC media player

Have you ever wanted to grab a frame from a video or a movie and save it as a picture on your Windows computer or device? Maybe you wanted to use it for your funny memes, or maybe you wanted to use it as a wallpaper. After all, in a world of 1080p videos and 4K movies, using video frames as still images for your Desktop background can make your monitor look great. The question is how to grab those frames and save them as pictures. Today, we’ll show you one of the easiest ways in which you can do that, with the help of the well known VLC media player.

Step 1. Get VLC media player on your computer

There ’s more than one way to grab frames from a video, but the simplest and fastest, at least in our opinion, is to use VLC media player. And another good thing about using it is that this method works in all modern Windows operating systems: Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.

VLC media player is probably the most popular video player in the world. It’s a free and open source multimedia software that can play almost any kind of video file. There is however, a small chance that you don’t already have it installed on your Windows computer or device. If that’s the case, go ahead and download it from the official VideoLAN website , and then install it.

If you haven’t seen what VLC media player looks like before, here’s a sample:

Step 2. Open your movie/video in VLC media player

The second step you have to take, is to use VLC media player to open the video from which you want to grab frames and save them as images.

Launch VLC media player and click or tap on Media in the top left corner of the app. Inside the menu, you will find options for opening videos from all kinds of sources: files, folders, discs or even streams. Choose the appropriate one, browse or enter the address of your video and then move to the next step in this guide. Don’t forget to click or tap Open after selecting the movie.

Step 3. Use VLC media player to “Take snapshot(s)”

Once you’ve opened the video in VLC media player , use the slider from beneath the video to go to the frame which you want to grab and save as image, and pause the video.

If you know the exact time of the video where the frame you want to grab is, you can jump straight to there, using the playback options. Open the Playback menu and click or tap on the “Jump to Specific Time” option. Or, if you prefer using your keyboard, note that you can use the Ctrl + T key combination to get the same result.

VLC media player will open a small dialog window in which you can enter the time you want to jump to. Do that now.

Finally, once you’ve made up your mind about the frame that you want to grab, open the Video menu from the top of VLC media player and then click or tap on the last option from it: “Take snapshot”.

The previous action will grab the frame on which the video is, and it will save it as a PNG image in your user’s Pictures folder.

Step 4. Check the video frames you’ve grabbed

To get to your saved image, open File Explorer (in Windows 10 or Windows 8.1) or Windows Explorer (in Windows 7) and head to “C:\Users\[Your user name]\Pictures”. That’s where you’ll find all the frames you’ve grabbed with VLC media player.


Now you know how to grab the frames you like from your favorite movies and videos, and save them as separate image files on your Windows computer or device. Try this for yourself and tell us how it worked. And, if you have questions or issues, don’t hesitate to use the comments below to ask for help.