How to Split Into Frames With GIMP

Updated February 21, 2017

GIMP, which is short for the GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a free graphics editing application that is available for use with most operating systems. If you want to use the GIMP interface to edit documents, you must download and install the GAP Gimp Animation Package extension. Once the extension is installed, you can use the "Split Video Into Frames" command to load your video into GIMP with each individual video frame delineated from surrounding frames.

Navigate your Web browser to the GIMP downloads page at

Scroll two-thirds of the way down the downloads page and click the link next to "GAP (the GIMP Animation Package)."

Click the "gimp-gap-2.6.0.tar.bz2" link and save the file to your computer's hard drive.

Close the GIMP application and run the downloaded installation file to install the GIMP Animation Package.

Run the GIMP Application.

Click "Xtns" in the GIMP menu bar, and click "Split Video Into Frames". Click "Extract VideoRange" to open a dialogue window.

Click the "..." icon next to the "Videofilename" header and navigate to the folder that contains your desired video file. Click "Open." The video file is opened in the GIMP application and split into its constituent frames.

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Dan Howard is a sports and fitness aficionado who holds a master's degree in psychology. Howard's postgraduate research on the brain and learning has appeared in several academic books and peer-reviewed psychology journals.