Ive got a quicktime VR in .mov format i need to strip the all still frames (in total there are 250) out of it and have them in as individual images, preferably pngs or jpegs.

I was looking at using quicktime pro for this, is that the right software to do it ? Would you suggest trying another method ?

thanks in advance.

  • I assume you do not have access to the original files before they were made into a Quicktime VR? It seems you are asking to reverse engineer what Quicktime created, were these converted to make panoramic shots?
    – filzilla
    May 21, 2012 at 22:44
  • hi, the vr is actualy of a 3d model that i rendered in artlantis, unfortunatly they only let you export the quicktime file, not invidual images. Although when rendering the process it goes though is to render 250 seperate images and then combine them together in a quicktime file.
    – sam
    May 21, 2012 at 22:51
  • Calling all "artlantis" experts, this has your name on it. :>
    – filzilla
    May 21, 2012 at 23:15
  • @sam Do you have any other software on your computer? (eg. Adobe After Effects)
    – OrangeBox
    May 21, 2012 at 23:54
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    I have tried using Quicktime Player 7 Pro for just this task and have had no luck exporting a image series from the Quicktime VR .mov file. My output is a single frame over and over... In my case, the input file an Equirectangular image created by processing 6 images (360deg). I hope to convert this to an image series so I can use "Reel" viewer. Reel viewer will display an image sequence, hence the need to convert the .mov to an image sequence. As an alternative, is there a way to go from Equirectangular directly to image sequence?
    – user4715
    Sep 17, 2013 at 3:45

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Using Quicktime Player 7 you can export any movie file as an Image Sequence

  1. Open your .mov file using Quicktime 7
  2. File > Export
  3. In the Export dropdown select Movie to Image Sequence Export dialogue box
  4. Open the options and set the export format (eg JPEG or PNG) Image Sequence options
  5. If you want just the current frame leave the frames per second blank. Otherwise, enter hte videos frame rate and you will export ALL the frames.
  • great, thats it qt pro right ?
    – sam
    May 22, 2012 at 0:06
  • @sam I'm going to say yes. The computer I have it installed on also has Final Cut studio installed which comes with a Pro licence, so I have no way to test if the export to image sequence option is in the normal version
    – OrangeBox
    May 22, 2012 at 0:08
  • i think it is, checking the standard version almost all options are greyed out with "pro" written next to them
    – sam
    May 22, 2012 at 0:13

You can also use MPEG Streamclip which is FREE! (Its also good for files which arent compatible with QT)

  1. Open the movie file with Mpeg Streamclip
  2. Choose File –> Export to other Formats.
  3. In the export options window: go to the Format drop-down menu and choose Image Sequence.
  4. Click Options and choose the image format. (Leave Frame per Seconds at 'best'), click OK.
  5. In 'Frame Size', choose 'unscaled' to leave the image at its original size
  6. Click OK to export
  • thanks for providing a free alternative. It keeps giving me an error saying the movie is too long, as a vr it dosnt really have a length, but when i click on "get info" it says the duration is 25 seconds which dosnt seem particularly long. Any idea why it might be saying its too long ?
    – sam
    May 22, 2012 at 10:17
  • hmm not sure. cant test it myself as I dont have any vrs. But maybe you could try setting an in and out point? (using the I & O keys)
    – OrangeBox
    May 23, 2012 at 2:43

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