Exporting a Single Still Image

Exporting a still image from Final Cut Pro is easy. First you create the still image, and then you export it to the graphics file format you need.

To export a still image
  1. In the Canvas or Viewer, position the playhead at the frame you want to export.

    Figure. Canvas window showing the playhead moved to the frame to be exported.
  2. Choose File > Export > Using QuickTime Conversion.

  3. Choose a location and enter a name for the file.

  4. Choose Still Image from the Format pop-up menu.

  5. Choose a file format from the Use pop-up menu.

    Disregard the frame rate (frames per second, or fps) when exporting single still images.

    Figure. Save dialog showing the Use pop-up menu.

    Some graphics file formats do not appear in the Use pop-up menu. If the file format you need does not appear in the list, see step 6.

  6. To select custom settings, click Options, and in the Export Image Sequence Settings dialog, choose your settings and click OK.

    Custom settings allow you to choose any graphics file format supported by QuickTime. You can also make particular adjustments to the compression method or color depth. In most cases, the default values are fine, but if you need particular settings, you can adjust the settings here. Each graphics file format has a unique set of adjustable parameters.

    Figure. Export Image Sequence Settings dialog.
    • Format: Choose the graphics file format you want to use from the pop-up menu. Some file formats have additional options for controlling the quality of the compression, the color depth, and so on.
    • Frames per second: This setting doesn’t apply for still images.
    • Options: Click here to set options for the particular graphics file format you are exporting.
  7. When you’re ready to export, click Save.