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Capture stills from videos with Free Video to JPEG Converter

Create JPEG stills from videos with this easy-to-use freeware.

Would you like a super-easy way to capture video frames and convert them into JPEG stills? Or generate a series of images showing a sequence from your favorite movie? Or create picture albums out of family videos? DVDVideoSoft's Free Video to JPG Converter is your production assistant. This free tool makes it easy to capture still images from video files and save them as JPEG images, the most common format by far. It can sample frames at rates you select or copy every frame, though you can also limit the total number of frames to keep things from getting out of hand with long movies.

This program's simple, colorful interface is shared with the developer's other conversion tools, and it has a similar layout, with buttons for adding or removing files and arrows for moving them up or down in the queue. Under Extract, we could set how and when the tool sampled images. It can sample 10, 30, 50, 100, 500, or 1,000 frames, or in intervals of 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 seconds. We could also check boxes labeled Every to have the program extract images after every number of frames or seconds we specified, as opposed to in total. Together with the drop-down list of total frames and the check box to sample Every Frame, Free Video to JPEG Converter offers enough combinations to sample a wide range of videos from beginning to end or to focus attention on certain passages or scenes. Few options confront the user: we could change the interface language and skin, display the log file, and set the program to shut our system down when done; and choose an output directory, but that's it.

We made our selections and started the process, which Free Video to JPEG Converter tracked in a pop-up. When the tool finished, we opened the destination folder. The program had saved our images in a folder labeled with the name of the video. The sequentially numbered JPEG images it created opened normally in our viewer. We were impressed with the quality of our new images, too.

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