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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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6.1.6 (December 21, 2019)


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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.

version 5.0.6 published in English on September,222010

* a serious bug during inlay of text in the video has been fixed
* code has been cleaned and optimized
* the video is less jerky when the state changes
* the current image is copied into the clipboard and no more the previous snapshot
* the intervalometer in normal mode has been fixed to extract the correct images

version 5.0.5 published in English on September,11 2010

* The script command have been completed and enhanced
* jpeg files can be loaded instead of video files
* in the options frame, one can choose not to display the errors

version 5.0.4 published in English on September,1 2010

* errors ate better managed if ImageGrab can not open a file
* audio files can also be played with ImageGrab
* texts are more translated (English version)
* ImageGrab does no more install the filters Haali media Splitter and ffdshow. You must install them by your own.

version 5.0.3 published in English on August,27 2010

* the program is much more stable when loading files that ImageGrab cannot proceed or if the necessary codecs are not found.
* Error messages are better displayed
* a bug has been fixed that affected inlaying of timestamp in videos without framerate
* some videos were displayed with a bad size

version 5.0.2 published in English on Augsut,25 2010

* the timestamp is updated 25 times per second instead of 2 times
* this readme file is accessible in the Start menu
* some bugs have been repaired in the inital settings of ffdshow
* the registry keys created by ffdshow and haali are deleted during uninstallation if necessary to restore the initail situation.
* a larger buffersize has been allocated totransinplace filters to avoid exceptions

Version 5.0.1 published in English on Augsut,22 2010

* improvements in display when using large fonts
* better management of mpeg decoders when ffdshow not installed
* ffdshow has always priority if installed
* added a button to install the missing filters, when warned at launch

Version 5.0.0 published in English on August the 22nd, 2010

In comparison with versions 4.x.x, this version presents inter alia the following improvements:

* the size of the window of ImageGrab is adjustable, and may even be maximized to cover the whole screen.
* much more video containers can be read by Imagegrab, specially the videos high definition AVCHD (provided Haali Media Splitter and ffdshow are installed)
* a fully and easily personnalizable inlay of text may be added to the video
* display of the video, and grabbed images, respect the aspect ratio of the video, for instance 4x3 or 16x9.
* size of the video image, codec and some data are provide for each video or audio stream in the file.
* a table of all keyboard shortcuts and switches can be displayed with F11
* the load factor of CPU and the free space in the hard disk may be displayed during operation
* you may install or uninstall filters (for example a decoder) with drag/drop of an *.ax file
* when thhe aspect ratio of the video is changed, the saved video changes accordingly whenever it's possible
* intervalometer has two modes: a fast mode that browses to the images to be extracted, and a precise mode that plays the whole video and grabs the desired images. This second mode is adapted when extracting frames separated with short intervals, even for extracting all frames one by one.

Version 4.2 published in English at 2008, september the 14th
* Texts have been adapted for translation
* The saving of preferences is simplified
* The position of the picture (ALT+W) is better managed
* The command Z takes parameters r,p,n to save the preferences (r=Registry, p=Portable, n=None)
* The fullscreen is better managed and keeps the aspect ratio of the video

Version 4.1.3 published in English at 2007, June the 8th

* the /P command to set a position in a script or command-line is improved: the program waits now until the position is reached. There should no more be the issue of previous images being grabbed instead of the required position.
* the script and command-line commands are better working in some cases, even if there are erroneous commands. They will simply be ignored.

What's new in version 4.1.2:

* one can go the the scn or srt file by clicking on the sign
* if the destination folder is changed in the Options panel, then the name on the bottom panel is updated
* the Escape key works now when the intervallometer is On with a live stream
* in the script commands, choosing Seconds or Frames for the intervallometer woks now correctly.

Version 4.1.1 published in English at 2007, May the 30th
* the internal engine to render files has been improved, specially for mpeg2 files
* the live video sources are better recognized, and the settings of the source are more efficient
* the image may be flipped vertically
* the size of the video and of the next grabbed picture are displayed
* the little picture can be put to right or the left of the video (ALT+W)
* some little interface bugs have been fixed
* when an error occurs, it is displayed in a modal form.
* the script langage accepts wildcards for defining the video files to be processed

Version 4.0.3 published in English at 2007, May the 24th
* it can save the preferences in order to find them at next start of the program.
* building file names by adding numbers is possible with any number of digits.
* the command line switches are now very powerful, and even integrated in the Windows interface (a sort of script)
* it can open the source or dest folders with a click
* there are more keyboard shortcuts and they are listed in the Settings panel
* Volume of sound can be adjusted
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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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