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


A solution I found with Quicktime:

Pause the video on the still frame you want as an image, then hit cmd+c (copy from the edit menu). Then open the Preview app and select File/New from clipboard.

  • 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

I guess this is "an answer" but it's not an answer to the question you actually asked...

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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VLC's domain is videolan.org

  • 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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