I'm looking for a piece of software I'm even sure it exists. Here's what I would like this software to do:

  • be free (ideally open source, but free and closed source is also fine)
  • be cross platform (at least works on Win and OSX, Linux support would be nice)
  • import a variety of video formats (mov, avi, wmv, mpg, mp4, ogg, flv, 3gp, etc.)
  • exports an image sequence from the imported video

Any ideas/suggestions ?

2 Answers 2


Look at ffmpeg. It will run on just about anything and should do what you want, although it might depend on what your source actually is Something like this should work :

ffmpeg -i sourcefile.avi -f image2 'img-%03d.jpeg'

(see the image2 section for full reference)

  • Thanks, I'll have look. The main purpose is to have this software running on the average user's machine. I'll have look to see if I can bundle it and put a minimal gui on top. Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 21:45
  • If you want GUI you might want to check VLC, it's using some of the same libraries too
    – Benjamin
    Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 23:04

For a good GUI based on libavcodec (which a ffmpeg library), take a look at handbrake. Might be a bit too detailed for a very "simple" user, but with some effort it's manegable. It also supports saving of presets, so you can set it up for easy use.

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