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How to Export a Still Image From a Live Photo or video clip in macOS Ventura

Ever thought you’d taken a still image with your iPhone, then found you accidentally shot a Live Photo? Happens to me more than I wish to admit. Thankfully, it’s easy to export a still photo from a Live Photo or video clip.

(BTW, a Live Photo captures 1.5 seconds of movement surrounding a 12-megapixel still image. Think of the “moving newspaper” photos in the Harry Potter films).

Exporting a still image from a video clip

The Live Photo or video clip is almost certainly in your Photos library. So the first thing to do is launch Photos. Now:

° Open the video clip.

° Hover the pointer over the video.

Hover pointer over video
Hover pointer over video

° The play control bar appears over the image. 

° Drag the playhead bar to the frame

° Use the Export > Export Frame to Pictures command in the File menu to save it as a still image in your Pictures folder.

Export > Export Frame to Pictures
Export > Export Frame to Pictures

A file named “Frame” followed by the date should then appear there, ready for you to use elsewhere.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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  • Having trouble with exporting Live Photo Frame. I have OS 13.3.1 But while in PHOTOS, I see “Live” at the top left of each live photo. I do not get a “Play Contro bar,” and have tried on many Live photos to no avail. Am I missing a setting somewhere? Thanks, in advance, for any available help you might be able to offer!