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I have a video, and I want to pull out a certain frame from it, as an image.

Is there any free software that can step frame-by-frame through a video, and then extract a specific frame to an image?

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Since you did not specify an operating system, I'm assuming you're talking about Microsoft Windows.

The first thing that comes to mind is Virtualdub, as I have used it myself for exactly the same purpose.

Virtualdub may lack the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas, but it is streamlined for fast linear operations over video and it has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files (including exporting single frames, which you asked for). Last but not least, Virtualdub can be extended with third-party video filters too.

And yes, it's free… licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

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In VLC Media Player, you can use the Video > Take Snapshot menu option (the default hotkey is Shift+S and you can change it) to pick a specific frame of a playing video.

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