Pulling stills from video

I do often seem to sound like the wet blanket when I’m motivated enough to write a post about something…oh well. This one is about pulling stills from video.
Honestly I don’t think it will ever be the preferred way to take photos. You’ll probably always be limited to 16:9 aspect ratio for one. Sure there’s post cropping, but that’s more work later. Editing would be a headache as well. Instead of having a few hundred shots to work through from a day’s shooting, you now have a few hundred thousand. Good luck finding your moment in that. Again, much more work in post.
If you want the video you’re pulling from to look good, ideally you’ll need some motion blur for natural conveyance of motion, which just makes stills look blurred. So unless frame rates commonly hit 125fps or the like, we probably won’t see a format friendly to both.
If we consider commercial stills, even some good dslrs don’t hold up to the quality of a Hasselblad or a Mamiya, which is needed for making billboard sized adverts. That type of camera can hit 60 megapixels easily, just slightly above today’s high-end 4k video.
Maybe the biggest thing is that you think differently when you’re capturing motion as opposed to a moment. When you’re shooting stills in most situations, you’re looking for that one moment, while in video you’re looking for a period of time. It’s a different mind set and you’re looking for very different things with each.
I think there’s a place for pulling stills from video, but I wouldn’t expect it to be the go-to method, at least not for quite a while.


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