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HD Video Frame Grabber for your iPad

A couple of days ago we posted about how great the new iPhone 4's HD footage looked on the iPad screen.  If you wanted to show someone else how good the video looks or grab a frame from that great looking video you could try waiting until just before the right moment, press the Home and Power buttons at the same time, switch to the Photos app and check the frame grab to see if you were fortunate enough to capture the moment you were after.  If not, you have to switch back to the video start playing it again, wait for the right moment... and so on.

Or, you could spend £1.79 (or $2.99) on VideoPix for iPad [iTunes link] from See It With Us.  This app is an iPad specific version of the previously released iPhone app.  (Non-DRM) Videos on your iPad can be played back as slowly as 1 frame per second, giving you absolute control over the image that you then capture.  The app keeps recent frame captures in its own library and you can email up to 20 frames in one go for sharing purposes.

Once you have grabbed your frame you can then crop the image and add a few basic effects, i.e. Black & White and Sepia.

Source videos can be those already on your iPad (i.e. synced from iTunes), as long as they are not DRM'd, you can transfer video over Wi-Fi from another device, or alternatively import video via the Apple Camera Connection Kit.

720p is the recommended maximum resolution for this app, they don't recommend 1080p video due to concerns over slow performance, so if you do try this on your iPad let us know how it goes.

There are a number of uses for this kind of app such as grabbing frames from movies for your own personal uses (like wallpapers), the company cites the example of golfers wanting to analyse a video of their swing frame by frame to spot the point at which they wobble, etc. but really it is useful to us to grab a screencap from a video to illustrate a blog post or to play back a video in slow motion to see the detail captured in our HD footage.

If you have any questions about what you can do with this app and your iPad there is a very useful FAQ on the See It With Us website so take a look, and if you get this app and find it useful we would like to hear how you have used it. Let us know in the comments below.

The video below shows the iPhone app in use, but it gives a good idea of how the app works:

 

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video to frames - at fastvideoindexer.com/ Over the years I have "tried" and failed at working with frame extraction applications. Most have more steam than horsepower. Most promise the Moon but provide craters! With a library of over 6,000 videos I needed a software package that I could TOTALLY rely on to do what it advertised!

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfastvideoindexer

I once tried 1080p video, it performs little slower but it looks better.

November 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBearwin Malone

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