Digital videos that are encoded with MPEG-4 video compression are distributed as MP4 files. While it is possible to convert an MP4 file into an alternate digital media format, you can also export a series of JPEG images from the video. MPEG Streamclip, SUPER and iWisoft Free Video Converter are three examples of freeware that you can download and install to perform this task.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Launch MPEG Streamclip. Go to "File" and select "Open Files..." Browse for the MP4 input file in the selection window. Select the item and click the "Open" button to load the video into the application.
Go to "File" and select "Export to Other Formats..." An exporter screen will load. Open the "Compression" pull-down menu and select "Image Sequence."
Click the "Options" button. An "Image Sequence Settings" screen will load. Open the "Format" pull-down menu and choose "JPEG." Click "OK."
Click "OK" on the exporter screen. Select a storage location for the JPEG output files. Click "Save" to convert the file. A status bar window will display the progress of the file conversion. When the window disappears, the images will be available in the selected storage location.
Launch SUPER. Open the "Select the Output Container" pull-down menu and select "Sequence of Images." Open the "Select the Output Video Codec" pull-down menu and select "JPG."
Drag and drop the MP4 input file into the "DROP A VALID MULTIMEDIA FILE HERE" section. The video will be loaded into the application.
Click the "Encode (Active Files)" button to convert the file. A confirmation message will display when the JPEG output files have been created. The images will be stored in the same location as the MP4 input file.
Launch iWisoft Free Video Converter. Click the "Add" icon and browse for the MP4 input file in the selection window. Select the item and click the "Open" button to load the video into the application.
Open the "Profile" pull-down menu. Go to "Flash Video and Picture" and choose "Picture -- JPEG format (*.jpg)."
Click the "Start" button to convert the file. A confirmation message will display when the JPEG output files have been created. Click the "Find Target" button to access the images from their default storage location.
iWisoft Free Video Converter
Tips and warnings
- MPEG Streamclip is distributed in both Mac and PC versions. Meanwhile, SUPER and iWisoft Free Video Converter are only compatible with Windows.
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