Exporting Still Images from Final Cut Pro X

On this week’s MacBreak Studio


Every editor at some point needs to get a still image out of their editing application:  to email a sample frame to a client, to create a representative shot for a website, or to import into an image editing application for further manipulation.

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us some options for how to export any frame of video in Final Cut Pro X as a still image. The key is to add a new destination type which is called “Save Current Frame.” By creating a new destination, you can choose the file type, and even create bundles in order to export multiple types of still frames in one step – for example, a .jpg for the web or a .psd for editing in Photoshop. The new destination (and any bundles you create) is added to the Share menu so that it's always just a click away on the toolbar.

For more information on destinations and bundles, you should check out this December 2012 episode of MacBreak Studio here.



Mark Spencer

Mark Spencer is a freelance producer, videographer, editor, trainer and writer based in the Bay Area. He produces Final Cut Pro X-related training and plugins for with his partners at Ripple Training. He is an Apple-certified Master Trainer, and consults for corporations and individuals. He is the author or co-author of a half-dozen books on motion graphics and editing from Peachpit Press and writes for ProVideo Coalition. He maintains www.applemotion.net, a resource for Motion. Mark has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.