There might be times when you need or want to take a snapshot of a video. Here’s how to do it using our favorite media software — VLC.
VLC is our favorite free cross-platform video player for Windows. It has a plethora of great options, one of which is the ability to take a snapshot of videos you’re watching.
Take a Snapshot in VLC
Start playing a video in VLC. When you see a scene you want to capture, click Video >> Snapshot.
You briefly see a small thumbnail of the capture in the upper left corner of the screen. It also shows the directory the shot is stored in. By default, it’s saved in My Pictures as a PNG file.
To have easier access to taking a snapshot, you can make an icon show up in the controls. Click View >> Advanced Controls.
This puts additional icons in the playback control area. One of those is an icon to take a snapshot.
To change the snapshot to save as a JPG and the directory they’re stored in, click Tools >> Preferences.
Then click the Video icon on the left. Under Video Snapshots, you can change the directory the images are saved, change the naming prefix, and change the format to JPG.
That’s all there is to taking and managing snapshots from your favorite videos using VLC. Enjoy.