video-clip-iconIf you happen to work a lot with still images from your video source material in your Kdenlive project, then you may like the new Extract Frame to Project, scheduled to debut in Kdenlive 16.12.0. Instead of the tedious mill of extract clip, thinking of a usable image filename other than adshsgfg.png, then finding this file again to add it to your project … simply let Kdenlive propose a suitable filename, click OK, and you’re set.

Extract Frame to Project

Extract frame to project

The clip and project monitors now have a new context menu item Extract frame to project, in addition to the existing Extract frame. This new menu item not only extracts the currently shown frame, but also adds it automatically to your project.

You’ll still see the Save Image dialog, but there’s additional convenience: Kdenlive now proposes an image filename. This bases on either (in the clip monitor) on the clip name, or (in the project monitor) on the project filename. To avoid filename clashes when extracting multiple frames from the same source clip or project, Kdenlive neatly adds the frame number. So, when extracting frames from your clip named coolclip.mp4, the suggested image names are like coolclip-f42.png, and so on. Of course, you can still use your own filenames as before. But you’ll probably soon start to like just forgetting about filenames, as it is so convenient to focus on content, not clip names.

The extracted image is immediately added to your project bin. If you use bin folders, then the image gets added to your currently selected bin folder.

On purpose, Kdenlive does not switch to the project bin. This way, you can focus on extracting the required still images from a source video clip, without loosing context all the time. In contrast, with the exiting Extract frame, you need to add the extracted still images at some time, so you need to switch to the project bin, loosing the context on your source clip.

6 Comments

  1. marco

    whover designed the proxy feature did not think about the extract frame feature. Its completely useless when using proxys as it is extracting from the proxy not the original clip. So if you dont know that you will have a final video with high quality video and low extracted proxy frames in it 🙁

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    • Bransby

      just in case anyone else is frustrated by this, it’s easy enough to just turn proxy clips on and off from the bin. You can turn the proxy clip off, extract the frame in full res, then turn the proxy clip back on to continue editing. This works in Kdenlive 20.08.2 anyway.

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  2. prince

    I am using kdenlive in Netrunner 17.01. When I extract frame from the video, the extracted image have a different width than the the video has, as if the image was squeezed from the side. I have to use ‘Position and zoom’ effect on the extracted image with distort enabled to get the image to fit the video resolution.

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    • The DiveO

      Please use the forum for help and support. Thank you for your cooperation.

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  3. Vít Kavan

    Extract frame is the most frustrating feature. Useless with proxies (switching the proxy off doesn’t work for me) and sometimes it extracts totally different frame (a key frame, first frame of the video or a totally random one). It really makes me scream, I always end up ripping the frames using mplayer … 🙁 It behaves badly in any version I try, on both Linux and Windows.

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  4. glenn owens

    all this is outdated, should be removed as newer releases have fixed this.

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