How to Extract Stills From an HD Camcorder

HD video cameras provide brilliant images for both professionals and video enthusiasts. HD footage that is captured in 1080i (interlaced) or 1080p (progressive scan/non-interlaced) will create native still images that have 1920 x 1080 lines of resolution. HD footage that is captured in 720p format will create native still images that have 1280 x 720 lines of resolution. Both of these screen resolutions are high enough to create compelling still photography for the web, and in some instances, for print.

To extract an HD still from video captured with your HD camera, you will need a video editing program such as iMovie or Final Cut Pro. For the purposes of the is article, we will assume you are using Final Cut Pro, but the processes and concepts are universal for all programs, whether it is on a MAC or PC. Published on 1/28/2010

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