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ImageGrab is a powerful and user-friendly software that opens all kinds of video files and allows to extract images either in the format bmp, or in jpeg with a quality adjustable. It also allows you to copy them to the clipboard so as to use them in your favorite application.

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File size: 11MB
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6.0 (July 28, 2019)


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Download ImageGrab 6.0  11MB  Win

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Freeware (Free download!)

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version 6.0

It can open the main types of video file for playing and navigate very precisely and comfortably in the file to reach the desired image.

It can extract the current image from the video with a single click or pressing a key on the keyboard.

The extracted images can be numbered or marked with the timestamp and saved in the folder of your choice.

An intervalometer allows to extract periodically, very simply and automatically, an image

A scripting language makes it possible to program all ImageGrab operations and reproduce them at will

It can embed different data in real time in the video, for example the timestamp or, for DV videos, datecode or timecode, and get it on the extracted image.

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ImageGrab is a software entirely dedicated to the extraction of video images. Its ambition is to make this operation easy, precise and effective. For that, you proceed in three simple stages:

1) Load a video, from various types or files with extension avi, mpeg, mpg, wmv, mts, m2ts, ts, vob, m1v, mp2, mpe, asf, mkv, mov, mp4, 3g2, m4v, m2v,ivf and perhaps others.

2) ImageGrab includes a video player that can browse with frame accuracy to a given position in the video (depending on the video) . The player can display in full screen, and can thus be used as a good alternative mediaplayer.

3) When the desired video's position is reached, a simple click (or the function key F5) captures a snapshot from the current picture.

ImageGrab includes also an intervalometer feature, that helps extract automatically a lot of pictures at given intervals. A "script" mode is available to apply the power of ImageGrab to a lot of files at once.

Text may be inlayed in the snapshot, using various data from the video: timestamp, datecode or timecode if it's a DV video.

ImageGrab relies intensely on directshow (the video functions of Microsoft). So be sure to have directshow filters (also known as codecs) correctly installed for the videos which you want to process.

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5 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews

Works fine with AVIs, but will not work with DVD-MPEG2s, despite the fact that I loaded DirectX 9.0c.

If I want to use this program to make screencaps from DVD-MPEG2 video, I have to convert the file(s) to AVI first, which is rather convoluted. :(

Review by bmwracer on Feb 27, 2006 Version: 3.0a OS: Win2K Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 9/10 Overall: 7/10

First of all... This program is NOT fully compatible with Win98. You will need 98SE or later to use this program to its full potential. Even though all DS Codecs are installed, the program can't access them somehow, only VFW worked, no MPEG, no AVI. As the README only promised compatibility of 98SE or later, this is NOT a major concern.

The timed captures and other captures are exactly as promised... and other than some wishlist items like temporal smoothing or other types of enhancement this program does what it promises exactly. Highly recommended.

Review by kschang on Dec 31, 2005 Version: 3.0a OS: Win98 Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 9/10 Overall: 9/10

Really a nice little application that is very user friendly and makes taking snap shots easy.


Review by wwjd on Nov 25, 2004 Version: OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Excellent little program! Been looking for something that could do what this program does for a long time. Previously would use virtualdub to select specific frames, then print screen, then paste into irfanview, then crop, then save as jpeg. This eliminates all those tedious steps! Plus has several other neat features. Again, nice program! Get it, it's a single small executable file. Just download and run it.

Review by t00nz on Nov 24, 2004 Version: 3.0 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

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