Exporting Still Images

You can easily export a still image of the current frame displayed in the Viewer or Canvas. You do not need to create a freeze frame clip to export a still image.

To export a frame displayed in the Viewer or Canvas as a still-image file
  1. Position the playhead on the frame you want to export, then choose File > Export > Using QuickTime Conversion.

  2. In the Save dialog that appears, enter a name and choose a location for the image file.

  3. Choose Still Image from the Format pop-up menu, then click Save.

    For more details, see Exporting Still Images and Image Sequences.

Deinterlacing Still Video Images to Improve Image Quality

Standard definition (SD) video is almost always interlaced, so still images created from SD video are interlaced, too. A single frame of interlaced video consists of two fields that were originally captured at different moments in time. If there is a lot of motion in the video content of a frame (such as a ball quickly moving past the camera), the two fields contain very different visual information. When the entire frame is displayed, objects in motion have a comblike appearance because the objects appear in two places at once.

During normal video playback, interlacing is usually not very noticeable because the fields are scanned so quickly. However, on still images, interlacing artifacts cause some still images to flicker or strobe on an interlaced display (such as an NTSC or PAL monitor). To eliminate interlacing artifacts, you can apply a deinterlacing filter in Final Cut Pro before you export a still image. (A deinterlacing filter simply removes half the lines and interpolates the missing lines by using the remaining lines.) You can also export the image without applying the filter and then apply a deinterlacing filter in a separate graphics application.

Important: Final Cut Pro often displays the Viewer and Canvas deinterlaced to make the image clearer while you are editing. To make sure you catch any potential interlacing artifacts in still images, always watch your video on a monitor that matches your final screening format. For example, if you plan to output your movie to an NTSC video format, you should monitor your sequence on an external NTSC monitor. For more information about external monitoring, see External Video Monitoring.