Does anyone know a mac app for converting a movie (.mov) to a series of images ? I know quicktime could do this in the olden days, but that features has been deleted.


Yup, you still can do it with Quicktime Player. Download it from here. I believe you can also install it from the Snow Leopard install disc. I'm not sure about the Lion install download. Open the movie and click File>Export:

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Then you can select Movie to Image Sequence:

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Set your destination folder and watch Quicktime Player do its magic.

Exporting to image sequence

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  • Yeah, no problem! That's what Ask Different exists for. – daviesgeek Feb 14 '12 at 21:53
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    It seems this functionality is no longer offered in the non-pro version of QuickTime? – protongun Jul 13 '14 at 22:33
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    For those still looking for an app, I created one such app because QuickTime took away the functionality. If interested, you can download it from here: download.cnet.com/VideoImageProcessor/… Disclaimer: 1) I am the creator. 2) I don't earn anything, the app is free. 3) The app is not under development anymore so there might be errors...for which I apologize. – nico_c Oct 17 '14 at 22:16

You can also use ffmpeg:

ffmpeg -i input.mkv -r 0.05 image_sequence%06d.png

-r 0.05 = 0.05 Hz = 3 images per minute. It sometimes includes a few extra frames from the start though. Without -r it saves every frame.

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    After hunting around for quite a while for an app that could do this, this was exactly what I needed. Open source software FTW. :) – Mike Jarvis Nov 15 '16 at 20:47

There is an app called "movie2picture" in App Store.

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