I'm trying to export a screenshot of a part of a video in QuickTime Player 10.

How can I save a freeze frame capture from a QuickTime movie?

The saved image should be only the single video frame, not including the QuickTime Player window's chrome or controls.

I can't find a screenshot menu item in the Export menu...

2 Answers 2


QuickTime solution:

  1. Pause the QuickTime video on the still frame you want as an image, then hit Edit > Copy or Cmd ⌘C.

  2. Open the Preview app and select File > New from Clipboard or Cmd ⌘N.

  • Odd that that works, but it does! Jul 13, 2020 at 9:25
  • Works for me on macOS Sierra (10.12.6) May 27, 2021 at 12:39
  • 1
    Wow, unexpected but still working in macOS Ventura 13.0.1 👍 Nov 17, 2022 at 18:54
  • 1
    definitely still working in latest Monterey :)
    – Christoph
    Mar 20, 2023 at 21:10
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    Unfortunately didn't work on Ventura 13.3.1
    – mdikici
    Apr 21, 2023 at 12:47

If you can't get this to work in your version of QuickTime you'll need another tool.

VLC [Freeware] can snapshot either on the fly or when paused with Opt ⌥ Cmd ⌘ S & generally runs rings round Quicktime as a player.

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  • So, to conclude, it can't be done in Quicktime?
    – User
    May 26, 2018 at 1:50
  • Not as far as I’m aware.
    – Tetsujin
    May 31, 2018 at 4:47

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