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How to take a snapshot in VLC player and where to find them

Save your favorite video frames as images to share with friends or family.
July 26, 2022
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Is there a frame of a film you want to extract as a picture? The VLC is the right tool for the job. VLC has an inbuilt option called snapshots which lets you export your favorite parts of a video as images with just the click of a button. Here’s how to take a snapshot in the VCL Medi Player and choose where to save them.

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To take a snapshot in the VCL player, press Shift + S on Windows or Command + Alt + S on macOS. To find your VCL snapshots, navigate to C:\My Documents\My Pictures on Windows or Desktop/ on Mac.


How to take a snapshot in the VLC player

Open the video from which you want to take a snapshot and pause the video on the frame you want to capture. Then, select Video–> Take Snapshot from the top menu.

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Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Shift + S on Windows or Command + Alt + S on macOS.

You’ll know that the snapshot was successful when you see a thumbnail of the photo at the top of the player, along with its saved file location and file name. The white text will fade away quickly.

Where does the VLC player save snapshots?

Snapshot files automatically save to the default location of your operating system. For Windows, this will be C:\My Documents\My Pictures, and for Mac, they will be saved in Desktop/.

If you want to change where your snapshots are saved, select Tools–> Preferences from the VLC Media Player.

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In the Simple Preferences window, select Video and click Browse beside Directory to choose where you want to save your video snapshots.

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You can also change the Prefix file name to make finding your images in your folder easier or change the Format you save your snapshots as between png, jpg, and tiff.

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On Windows, you can find your saved snapshots in C:\My Documents\My Pictures. For macOS, you can find your saved snapshots on Desktop/.