How to Go Through Video Frame by Frame With VLC Media Player

VLC is a one of the best freeware media players. So if you haven’t already added it to Windows 10, or other platform, click Download VLC at this page. One handy option VLC has is Frame by frame that enables you to play through each video one step at a time. This can be handy if you need to capture snapshots from videos.

To play through a video frame by frame, you can press a hotkey. First, open a video by selecting Media > Open File; and then play the clip. Now press the E key. When you do that, the video will pause at the frame it was at. Keep pressing the E key to go through each video frame one at a time.

E is the default hotkey for the Frame by frame option, but you can customize that keyboard shortcut and others. Click Tools > Preferences > Hotkeys to open a list of keyboard shortcuts as below. Then scroll down to Next frame on that window. Double-click that to open the window shown below.

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So press the new hotkey for Next frame to configure it. Click the Save button on the Simple Preferences window. Then you can press the new Frame by frame keyboard shortcut.

You can also activate Next frame with a toolbar button. If it’s not already on your playback toolbar, click Tools > Customize Interface to open the window shown below. Scroll down the Toolbar Elements list until you find the Frame by frame option. Drag that button somewhere onto Line 2 so that you can select the option on playback toolbar.

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So now you can go through a video frame by frame either with a hotkey or the toolbar button. Either way, this option will enable you to capture specific snapshots from video with the Snipping Tool or VLC’s Take Snapshot option. For further details on how to capture screenshots in Windows 10, check out this Tech Junkie article.

Posted by Matthew on August 7, 2016

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