How to Convert Video to Image Sequence on Mac and Windows

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An image sequence stores individual video clips as still pictures with incrementing numbers in file names. You can pick out the moment when a moving subject is in the perfect pose or position from them or create stop motion effects and time-lapse look with the image sequence.

Image Sequence

Burst and timelapse modes can help you capture images in sequence. But what if you've recorded it into a video? Converting the video to an image sequence is also a good way out. And that's exactly what we are going to discuss today. Keep reading and find the best video to image converter for you.

1. Convert Video to Image Sequence in VideoProc

VideoProc, the best video to image converter for everyone, has a quick and simple workflow to finish the conversion at your fingertips. With 370+ formats and codecs in its arsenal, it can convert a broad range of videos to JPG and PNG, to name a few, MP4, AVI, MOV, MKV, FLV, HEVC, VP9, AV1, VR, 3D, and 360-degree videos. In addition to formats, it gives you the full right to customize images amounts and dimensions

Now download it to your Mac or Windows PC and turn videos into images sequences for your editing needs.

Step 1. Launch VideoProc on your PC. Click Video to get into its main interface, then drag and drop a video to it.

Step 2. Click Toolbox and choose the Snapshot option in it.

VideoProc Toolbox Snapshot

Step 3. Double-click on Snapshot to open a sub-window. Drag the green knobs to set the duration of the clip that you want to turn to pictures. And choose an output format (PNG or JPG), size (original size is recommended), and picture count. Click Done to close this window.

Video to image sequence settings in VideoProc

Tips:

The frequency of snapshots capturing in VideoProc depends on the number of pictures you set. For example, if you ask it to convert a 10-second video to 20 images in sequence, it'll capture one image per 0.5 (10/20) seconds.

If you want to extract frames from the video without missing any movement in the footage, you should set the Picture Count according to its frame rate. For a 10-second video at 30fps, the picture count should be 300 (10x30).

Step 4. Pay attention to Output Folder that indicates the storage path of pictures from your video. Also, you can browse to select another folder to save them. Finally, hit the RUN button to start converting the video to an image sequence.

Export image sequence from VideoProc

2. Convert Video to Image Sequence in Photoshop

Photoshop is a mini Premiere Pro that lets you edit videos and convert videos into images sequences. But you have to use Photoshop CS6 Extended or any version of Photoshop CC because others do not work with video.

Step 1. Open Photoshop and drag a video to it.

Step 2. Go to File > Export > Render Video. Choose a folder to save the file in the sub-panel.

Step 3. Click the Adobe Media Encoder option and change it into Photoshop Image Sequence.

Step 4. Complete other settings like image format, image size, and video frame range.

Photoshop Image Sequence

Step 5. Click Render and wait for it to export the image sequence. Finally, you'll find these pictures in the location you've set.

3. Convert Video to Image Sequence in Blender

If you are already a loyal user of Blender who masters 2D animation, VFX, and 3D modeling, converting a video to a sequence of pictures is just a breeze for you. It offers a bunch of options for image format, color mode, color depth, and color management. But beginners may feel overwhelmed sometimes

Step 1. Open Blender and change the editor type to Video Sequencer.

Step 2. Click Add to select and load video from your computer to Blender. Then you can see the total number of video frames. Move to the right corner to set the start and end frame in your image sequence.

Define frame range in Blender

Step 3. Open Image Editor in Blender. Customize image sequence settings in the right area. Match the image dimension to the source video and input the frame rate of the video.

Step 4. Move to the Output settings to choose the location folder, image format, and color depth. If you don't want any quality loss, decrease the compression ratio to zero.

Image sequence settings in Blender

Step 5. Click Render > Render Animation in the top toolbar and you can see images coming into the output folder.

Note: Blender converts every frame to JPG/PNG in a video, so you might get many images that seem duplicate, esp. in still footage.

4. Convert Video to Image Sequence in VLC

Quite a few users have installed VLC because it works as both a media player and a converter. You can use it to do conversion between videos in a few clicks, but when it comes to turning a video into pictures in sequence, you need to deal with more settings. Here's how.

Step 1. Open VLC media player. But do not rush to import your video to this media player because some settings have to be customized in advance.

Step 2. Navigate to Tools > Preferences and lets it show all settings in the last option at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3. Open Video > Filter > Scene filter.

Step 4. Tweak settings of Image format, Image width, Image height, Directory path, and Recording ratio. Hit Save to apply changes.

VLC Scene Filter

Step 5. Get back to the Filter options under Video in the Advanced Preferences panel. Tick the box before the Scene video filter and save it.

VLC Scene Video Filter

Step 6. Open a video with VLC media player and it will be recorded in image sequence during the playback. Pause the video and close VLC, and you can find pictures from the video on your computer.

Note: VLC won't reset the settings by default. The next time you watch a video with this media player, it'll capture pictures from the video and save numerous files on your computer automatically. So cancel the scene filter right after converting the video to an image sequence.

5. Convert Video to Image Sequence Online

Online video to image converters are worth a try when your video is quite short. Because they only convert videos smaller than 100MB. Furthermore, uploading, converting, and downloading cost much more time when your video is larger. Take Online-Convert as an example

Step 1. Go to online-convert.com and open its Image Converter.

Step 2. Choose an image format, JPG, PNG, TIFF, or others. Then upload your video from your computer, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

Convert MP4 to image sequence online

Step 3. You can keep its default settings and start conversion immediately. If you want pictures of better quality, change the Quality settings to Best before the conversion.

Step 4. Wait for it to convert the video into images. Then you'll see a long list of images. Select all and download them as ZIP.

Download image sequence after conversion

Step 5. Unzip the file and you'll get a series of frames from the video.

Note: It takes snapshots from the MP4 clip every 2-3 seconds. And you are not allowed to change the settings.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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