Would you like to extract a frame from the latest music video from your favorite artist or the climactic scene of a movie? If the videos are hosted on YouTube, you can succeed in an incredibly easy and fast way.

All you need to do is to follow the steps that I am going to give you and try to put them into practice. I assure you that in a few minutes you’ll be able to find out how to extract photos from a YouTube video on both Windows and Mac!


If you want to know how to extract pictures from a video on YouTube, and on your PC you have installed the universal media player VLC you have to know that you can harness the power of the latter to easily capture screenshots from any movie .

All you need to do is open the YouTube video from which you wish to extract one or more frames and copy its address (the one you see in the address bar of the browser, such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =XXXXX), then you have to start VLC and select Open network Stream from the menu Media (or File menu> Open network, if you use a Mac). Then paste the URL of the YouTube video you copied earlier in the  Enter a URL  and click on the Play button to start playback of the movie in VLC.

Now, all you have to do is to place the timeline of the video at the point where you find the frame you want to extract, pause the movie and select Capture Screen from the Video menu of VLC (if you use a Mac, your voice to make the screenshot is called screen). The photo is automatically saved in PNG format in the Pictures folder in Windows (or OS X).

To change the file format in which to save the screenshots VLC, you have to go in the program preferences (Tools> Preferences on Windows or VLC> Preferences on Mac), go to the Video tab and select the format you prefer from the menu drop down.


If you do not have VLC installed on your computer, you can extract pictures from a You Tube video using the functions for screen capture built into Windows and Mac OS X.

Connect to the YouTube page containing the video you want to extract one or more frames, it starts playing the movie and activates the full screen clicking on the button (the icon in the lower right corner of the rectangle).

Now, pause the video, gets to the point where there is a frame to capture and creates a desktop screen shot: If you use Windows 8 press the key combination Win + PrtSc (Print Screen), if you use a Mac instead awards the combination cmd + shift +3. On Windows screenshots are saved in the My Pictures folder> Screenshots, instead of OS X are located on the desktop.
To get high quality snapshots, make sure that the video resolution is set to maximum (eg 1080p or 720p) by clicking the gear icon which is located at the bottom right.