Capture Live & Still Photos From A Video With The Windows 10 Photos App

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Microsoft has updated the Photos app and added quite a few features with the update. Most of the more noteworthy features allow you to edit photos that have been taken from a Windows phone, one running Windows 10 but there’s a pretty neat new feature that lets you save a photo still from a video. It lets you review a movie frame by frame and save the one you need. The quality of the photo is as good as the quality of the movie. The photos are in JPEG format but they are live photos. When you open them in the Photos app they will play. When you open them in a normal photo viewer they will be still images.

To open a video in the Photos app, right-click the video file and select the Photos app from the Open With context menu option. When the video starts playing, right-click inside the player and select the ‘Save photos from video’ option. Wait a few seconds while the app enters the photo capture mode.

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The video player will change to look like the one shown below. There’s a seek bar at the bottom to navigate to the time in the video you want to capture a still from, two arrows that let you move to the next or previous frame, and a save button at the top that you will click when you’re ready to save the photo.

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The photo is saved to the same folder that the video file resides in. Open the image in the Photos app and it will play it for you. This button (indicated in the screenshot below) lets you play and replay the current live photo.

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If you open the photo in any other photo viewing app such as Irfan View or say in your browser, it will not play. You will see the frame you captured and nothing more.

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  • phil

    I do not get the save photo’s from video option.