Chrome’s New Feature Lets You Easily Share Video Stills

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Google has just unveiled a new feature for its Chrome web browser that promises to revolutionize the way users capture video stills. Recognizing the challenges users often face when trying to screenshot video frames, including the frequent result of lower-quality images and the pesky video progress bar that often mars the captured image, Google has now made it possible to pause a video at any time, right-click and select the "Copy Video Frame" option. This innovative feature is not only available on Chrome, but also on Chromium-based browsers, such as Microsoft Edge, making the struggle of capturing high-quality video stills a concern of the past.

However, our hands-on experience with the feature reveals that it may not be as user-friendly as initially thought. For instance, on YouTube, activating the "Copy Video Frame" option requires two right-clicks instead of one, with the first click bringing up the native YouTube menu and the second revealing the new feature. Furthermore, while the captured image can be pasted in supported text fields within the browser, like Google Docs, or even the Apple Notes app, currently, there is no option to save the copied video image directly to your desktop. Also, the feature’s use is limited on streaming services, with many of them restricting the ability to capture content, making it work only on YouTube so far. As such, while the new feature holds promise, it may still require some fine-tuning to maximize its potential.

Google Chrome Introduces "Copy Video Frame" Feature

Google just unveiled a new feature that makes capturing video stills a breeze while using its Chrome web browser. The tech giant acknowledged the difficulties users often face when trying to capture video frames, as screenshots frequently produce poor-quality images and include the video’s progress bar. This problem is now a thing of the past for users of Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers such as Microsoft’s Edge.

What Does the New Feature Do?

Starting today, users can pause a video at any point, right-click, and choose the newly added "Copy Video Frame" option from the pop-up menu. However, our test run of the feature revealed some kinks that need ironing out. On YouTube, for instance, activating the new option took two right clicks instead of one. The first right-click triggered YouTube’s native menu, but a second attempt made the menu with the new feature available.

How to Use "Copy Video Frame"?

Once you click on "Copy Video Frame," Chrome captures the frame currently displayed. You then have the option to paste your image in supported text fields within the browser, such as Google Docs. Interestingly, we also managed to paste the image into the Apple Notes app. From there, you can save the actual file.

Limitations and Availability

Currently, there’s no option to save the copied video image directly to your desktop as a file. The feature also has its limitations when it comes to streaming services, as many of them limit the ability to capture content. In fact, we’ve only been able to make it work on YouTube so far. Therefore, while the feature may prove useful in certain situations, it might require some further fine-tuning to become more versatile. As of today, Chrome’s new "Copy Video Frame" is rolling out for Windows, Mac, Linux, and ChromeOS.


Google Chrome’s "Copy Video Frame" is a welcome feature that simplifies capturing video stills. However, it’s clear from our testing that there are some quirks that need addressing. The requirement of two clicks on YouTube and the limited availability on other platforms indicate that while the tool is useful, it is not yet as user-friendly or as universal as it could be. The inability to save the captured image directly to the desktop also curtails its utility. Hopefully, Google will continue to refine this feature to make it more accessible and versatile in the future.

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