How to get image files from a Video File using VLC

How to get image files from a Video File using VLC
October 26, 2019 No Comments How To's siwelke

The great thing about VLC is a that it’s a popular open source media player .We are going to use VLC to extract sequences of images from any video you choose to play.


  1. Download and install VLC if you don’t have already

 2. Open VLC. From the toolbar, select ‘Tools’ then ‘Preferences’.

3.In the settings window , under ‘Show Settings’, click ‘All’.

4.On the expanded menu on the left scroll to the ‘Video’  option  click on ‘Filters’. Click the box to enable ‘Scene Video Filter’.

5.On the same left side menu, under ‘Video’, click the triangle beside ‘Filters’ to expand it. Select ‘Scene Filter’.

6.In the screen video filter sub menu,set:

  • Image format to PNG or JPEG or JPG
  • Image size(width and height) -leave it as it is
  • Prefix -any name of your choosing
  • Directory – set the location where you want the files to be extracted to
  • Adjust your ‘recording ratio’. This adjusts the proportion of frames from the video that will be exported. For example, if the recording ratio is set to 10, 1 out of every 10 frames will be saved to your folder as an image file.

7.Save your settings

8.Open the video file that you wish to extract the images from. Let the video play as long as you want it to.

9.Once you are satisfied with the result ,disable the ‘Scene video filter’ so that VLC will not generate images during every video that is played.

  • Tools -> Preferences
  • Show Settings -> All
  • Click the box to disable ‘Scene Video Filter’.

For newer versions of VLC you have to close  VLC then relaunch for it to work properly.

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