export multiple images with Camtasia.

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I would like a way to export multiple images from Camtasia. From the project/video created I would like to make a userguide. I therefore need to have different captures throughout the video. Is it possible? If so, how?
It is quite urgent.
Thanking you in adavance.

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Samarn Sumrith

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In Camtasia 9 and 2018, move playhead to frame you want to export. click on Share | Export Frame As.. or Press Ctrl+F. This will export frame to image.
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Thank you. Is it possible to export the successive frames to images without having to "move" /change frame within the video?
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this method doesn't move or change frame within video but just move playhead for choose frame you want. it can export  a frame for each time.
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:( OK. thanks
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Camtasia can not extract multiple image only one frame at a time.

If you have Snagit you can use it to "snap shot" images as the video plays.
This post explains how to set it up and do it.
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/auto-export-frames?topic-reply-list[settings][filter...

 Two quicker and IMO easier ways to extract the images/frames of a video is to use VLC media player
or my preferred method is use FFmpeg from the command prompt/powershell.


FFmpeg Method

ffmpeg -i videofile.mp4 -r 0.1 image-%04d.png

The -i is the input video file with path and the jpeg filename simply saves jpegs (you can also use png, bmp, tiff etc) with the name and 4 place holding numbers, e.g. image-0001.

The -r command is the frames to capture and the reverse of how you would expect it to work. 1 will save a frame every second while 0.5 will save every 2 seconds, 0.2 every 5 seconds, 0.1 every 10 seconds, 0.0167 for 60 seconds and etc. Use 1/seconds in Windows Calculator to get the ratio you need.


VLC Method

Open VLC, go to Preferences (Ctrl+P) and click on Show All Settings at the bottom left.

3. Expand Video > Filters in the tree and click on Scene Filter. Set the image format (png/bmp/jpg etc), the path to save the files (leave blank to save to your Pictures folder) and the recording ratio. The ratio will save an image every xx number of frames, so if your video is 30 frames per second, a value of 150 will save an image every 5 seconds.



Tip: If you’re not 100% sure of the video’s frame rate, play it in VLC, press Ctrl+J and look for the frame rate number. Using multiples of that value will give you a recording ratio in seconds.



4. Click on Filters in the Advanced Preferences tree (don’t expand it) and tick the Scene video filter box near the top right, press Save.




5. Play the video file and the images will automatically start saving. They will continue to save until you press stop, even if you pause or skip through the video.

Note: If after following these steps images are not being created, close VLC after step 4 and re-open it, then play the video. For some reason more recent versions of VLC do not recognize the scene filter is enabled until you close and re-open the program.

Important:

Once you are done saving frames the option needs to be turned off again or it will do the same with every video you play. Follow steps 1 and 3 above then untick the Scene video filter box. The biggest drawback with VLC is that you have to leave the video running while taking the images.


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Thank you for this process explanation but unfortunately I do not have Snagit.