Capturing a frame from a video on the Internet is still a non-trivial process. You have to manually select the maximum quality, stop the video in time, expand the video to full screen, and then try to remove the UI elements. With the latest Chrome browser update, it’s possible to copy a frame very easily – all you have to do is stop playback, right-click the context menu and select “Copy video frame”. However, according to user feedback, the new feature doesn’t always work as smoothly as it should.
Since this Chrome feature is most commonly used on YouTube, the first tests were conducted there. The first right click on a frame from the video didn’t show the option to “Copy Video Frame” but brought up the built-in YouTube menu instead. A second right-click opened the Chrome menu, which allowed a high-quality copy of the frame to be placed on the clipboard, from where the image could be pasted anywhere.
The new feature works fine in the Video.js HTML player. However, it proved useless for JW Player embeds, which are commonly used in blogs. She also doesn’t work on X (formerly Twitter) and Instagram✴ and Facebook✴. Apparently, the user interfaces of these platforms do not support third-party options. Therefore, Google claims that this feature works “Somewhere in a video playing in Chrome” misleads users.
In addition, saving an image obtained with the Chrome option “Copy video frame” is also a bit of a challenge: currently it is not possible to immediately save the frame as a file, but you have to paste it from the clipboard into a graphic editor (Paint). is fine) to save later in the desired format.