Still frame

A badly chosen still can give a misleading impression.
A better preview for the same video.

A still frame is a single static image ("frame") taken from a film or video, which are kinetic (moving) images. Still frames are also called freeze frame, still image, video prompt, preview or misleadingly thumbnail, keyframe, poster frame,[1][2] or screen shot/grab/capture/dump. Freeze frames are widely used on video platforms and in video galleries, to show viewers a preview or a teaser. Many video platforms have a standard to display a frame from mid-time of the video. Some platforms offer the option to choose a different frame individually.[3][4]


Video and film artists sometimes use still frames within the video/film to achieve special effects, like freeze-frame shots or still motion.[5]


For criminal investigations it has become a frequent use to publish still frames from surveillance videos in order to identify suspect persons and to find more witnesses.[6] Videos of the 9/11 attacks have been often discussed frame-by-frame for various interpretations.[7] For medical diagnostics it is very useful to watch still frames of Magnetic resonance imaging videos.[8]

See also

Look up freeze frame in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.


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  2. Indezine: Poster Frames for Videos in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows, retrieved 29 June 2014
  3. Vimeo: How do I change the thumbnail of my video?, retrieved 29 June 2014
  4. MyVideo: Editing my video, retrieved 29 June 2014
  5. Willie Witte: SCREENGRAB, retrieved 29 June 2014
  6. Wistv: Assaults, shooting in Five Points under investigation, retrieved 29 June 2014
  7. Onebornfree: 9/11 Research Review, retrieved 29 June 2014
  8. Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications: A classic diagnosis with a new ‘spin’, retrieved 29 June 2014
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