Is it possible to convert a full Snagit video capture into a single PDF?

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Is it possible to convert a full Snagit video capture into a single PDF?
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kkelly

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Rick Stone

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Possible? Sure! But not from SnagIt directly. 

One way to accomplish it is to save from SnagIt as an MP4. Then use Microsoft PowerPoint and add the video to a slide. Then export from PPT as a PDF.

I'm not sure if I'm able to accomplish this because I have full blown Acrobat installed or if it's something intrinsic to PPT. 

But it's possible.

Cheers... Rick :)
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kkelly

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Thanks for the reply! However, this didn't work. I want to be able to save the whole video (about a minute of video) as one long pdf. Your suggestion just saved a snapshot for me. Any other ideas totally welcomed!
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So, you still need to produce the SnagIt video as a mp4.

Then you would need to convert the video into a PNG sequence.
You can use free video editing programs to do this.
Hit Film Express   https://hitfilm.com/express
Davinchi Resolve https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/
Blender                    https://www.blender.org/download/

Here's a video showing you how to use Blender.


If your running Windows 10 you can create the continuous PDF using Windows 10 easily.


Regards,Joe
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Rick Stone

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Hello again kkelly

I've created a PDF with an MP4 created by SnagIt. You may download it for your viewing pleasure from the link below.

https://we.tl/V4dDhYPBB4

Note that it will take a while for the video to load and be ready to play once you open the PDF.

Additionally, for anyone finding this post down the road, the download link listed earlier is for a temporary downloading site. As such, it will expire in a few days.

Note that this is simply a PDF containing an MP4 created from SnagIt. It was created by recording the video using SnagIt, saving the video as an MP4, plopping the video onto a PowerPoint 2016 slide, then exporting the PowerPoint as a PDF.

Also note that I do have the full blown Adobe Acrobat on my system. So I'm not sure how much (if any) effect that has on my own ability to produce such a PDF.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Joe Morgan

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So kkelly,
perhaps it's me that's confused here. Are you simply trying to save a MP4 to PDF?

You said you wanted to "Convert it" into a single PDF.
Or save the video as One Long PDF, so I assumed you wanted  the individual images and not just Insert the video.

Adobe's Acrobat Pro has that functionality. You just create a new file  and insert an MP4 and that's it.

Judging by Rick's post. He's found a way to import through PowerPoint, so that would work as well.

Anyway, if you are actually looking to extract the individual images from the video. My post above will cover that technique. Most video editing programs these days offer exporting to PNG sequences. Just be sure to extract to a folder so that you don't have 100 or more images strewn all over your desktop or some other location on your computer..

Regards, Joe
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So out of curiosity, what purpose would one have for wanting to see a video sequence as individual images? I mean, when you use SnagIt to record a video, I might assume that a video is what one would want to present to the end user. And in this case, likely because it seems simpler to just hand off a PDF to allow them to watch the video inside.

I'm not saying there isn't a reason folks need this. I mean, obviously it exists as you have pointed out that there are tools that folks have created to make it happen.

So what would be the typical use case for packing 900 images in a PDF.
(60 seconds of video recorded at 15 frames per second)

Cheers... Rick :)
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Joe Morgan

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I was merely answering a question.

Image sequences are used for many reasons. I wasn't concerned what his intentions were.
 
Extracting and Sharing hundreds of images from a video can be a daunting task if your unfamiliar with the process.

Regards,Joe
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kkelly

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Thanks everyone for the comments! I was looking to capture each frame, but realized that would create a very looong pdf. I've chosen to annotate the video instead (needed to mark off time points of interest).

Thanks again!
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This may be too late to be useful, but I wanted to make sure you know about the ability to save a frame from a Snagit video as a PNG using the PNG button that appears when you play back a video in Snagit editor. So depending on what's needed, a very efficient workflow could be: scrub the playback handle to the frame you need, click the PNG button, click the share to Word button...repeat...then after you harvest all the frames into the doc, save it as PDF.