Is there a way to copy the recent frame to clipboard to paste it in any other program?

I know there is an exporting script from Video Copilot but somehow it doesn't seem to work with my version of After Effects (CC).

I get the following error message after starting AE:

After Effects Error: Couldn't find main entry point for Comp2Clip.plugin

I am using After Effects on an iMac late 2013.

Are there any other ways to copy the viewport, or does anyone know how to fix the error?

  • Yes, there is a little camera icon right beside the current time indicator (in my cc version).
    – p2or
    Nov 16, 2015 at 10:08
  • @poor I am aware of the snapshot thing, but how can I get it into my clipboard? Nov 16, 2015 at 10:15
  • Oops, sorry then I've misread the question :) For now the only option I see is saving it as file via Ctrl+Alt+S, but you probably even know this...
    – p2or
    Nov 16, 2015 at 10:25
  • @poor yes, but thank you anyway!:) Nov 16, 2015 at 10:31
  • Unfortunately a binary, can't take a look into the source...
    – p2or
    Nov 16, 2015 at 10:44

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The free Copy Image plug-in should work. The plug-in is executed via Edit -> Copy image. As the readme states,

The image is copied as an 8bits per channel image. If the active project is 16 or 32bits per channel, downsampling is performed.


If you're on a mac, you can press ctrl+cmd+shift+4, drag a box over the viewport, and the resulting image will be copied to your clipboard. This won't be a high quality file, and is dependent on the zoom/quality of your viewport.

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    thats not was I was looking for. What you describe is the native snapshot feature by apple. I am looking for a way to make a copy of the actual AE-Viewport with the right aspect ratio and resolution to my clipboard without having to mess arround with draggin boxes over anything. Nov 16, 2015 at 12:50

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