I might end up resorting to a screenshot, but I do not know
the movie's resolution, and would like an image at actual size.

I have tried lots of methods that came up when I searched online.
The only one that worked for me was a screenshot, but that runs into the size issue.

Some sources suggested various options under the "Share" button, but none of those options come up when I click that button. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ The options that actually show up for me are
Theater ​ and ​ Email ​ and ​ iTunes ​ and ​ YouTube ​ and
Facebook ​ and ​ Vimeo ​ and ​ CNN Report ​ and ​ File .

Some sources suggested a "right-click", or showed a menu being brought up looks
exactly like those that come up from right clicks. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ However, I have tried button+click
for each button from among ​ fn , control , option , command , shift ​ , ​ ​ ​ both on the
normal display and the full-screen display, and none of those brought up any such menu.

Some sources suggested starting by copying a small segment of the movie into a new project.
However, I cannot figure out any way of creating a new project, and although I can easily
create a new event, I can't figure out any way of getting a significant part of the window to
correspond to the new event, whereas the sources I mentioned in my previous sentence
show that having been done for the projects. ​ If I instead drag the segment over
the name of the new event and let go, then it moves the entire movie to the new event.

Other than just taking a screen-shot without knowing whether-or-not
the screenshot is at the actual resolution, is there any way to
extract a single frame from iMovie 10.0.3 that actually works?

(In particular, a way of playing it at actual size that lets me advance frame-by-frame would suffice.
However, bear in mind that I do not know the actual size.)

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In my copy of iMovie (v10.1.6) you can do this easily:

File > Share > Image...

And it will prompt you to save a jpeg of the current frame.

Alternatively export a high quality video ("Theatre" ?) go to the frame you want to capture and select Copy from the Edit menu. Open Preview.app and select File > new From Clipboard and you have your screen capture.

  • note I don't have access to that particular version of iMovie. It may be different. Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 13:54
  • When I go to File > Share, the options that come up for me are the same as those that come up for me when I click the "Share" button. ​ (In particular, no "Image" option comes up for me.) ​ ​ ​ ​
    – user87051
    Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 23:00
  • Then the export JPEG function of "Share..." has been changed with the version I have. Can you update to the latest version? Commented Aug 9, 2017 at 12:35

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