How to screenshot Youtube video on PC easily? Some people ask me that question many times. While on mobile devices such as Android and iPhone you can press the combination keys to take a screenshot and save it automatically, capturing a specific frame of Youtube video on PC seems to be complicated. On several occasions, you can press PrintScreen button to capture entire screen and crop it to only shows Youtube video. But for high-frequent usage, that method is likely too exhausting and eating time.
Instead of using the traditional method, I would likely to recommends you using one of three following tools below.
Take a Screenshot using Youtube Screenshot
Youtube Screenshot is a web tool that basically designed to capture a video frame on the exact resolution. This service is capable to take a screenshot on 1080 FHD resolution video but then converted into 720p. Based on the dimension, this would fit for people who expect smaller image file.
Go to Youtube Screenshot web page, paste the Youtube link on the provided area and click Show screenshots.
Now, select the video frame you want to capture and click Take Screenshot. By default, the screenshot image will be converted into 720p resolution but you can resize it later.
Scroll down to the captured image, right-click on it and select Save image as… to store it on the computer.
The file is saved on PNG format while the size depends on the resolution you choose. For me, Youtube Screenshot still great in order to capture a few pictures, but less effective to take a screenshot multiple times.
How to Screenshot Youtube Video Using Browser Extension
A browser extension has always been the greatest tools for users expanding features that not released yet. Capturing an astonishing picture for a desktop wallpaper would never easier, thanks for a Chrome extension named Screenshot Youtube. As the name suggests, this 12KB extension embeds a “Screenshot” button right on the Youtube videos and automatically save it on the computer. I’ve been using this extension for weeks and thinks that it’s the best tool to screenshot a Youtube video.
Go to the Screenshot Youtube page on Chrome Web Store. Click Add to Chrome.
Now, click Add extension to conduct installations.
After the extension has installed, go to your favorite Youtube video and you will see a Screenshot button on the video player. By clicking it the extension will capture the frame and download the PNG format to PC.
The Screenshot Youtube able to render up to 8K video and gives exactly same resolution when it captured a screenshot as long the video quality sets on the desired resolution even though the display resolution doesn’t same with the video. The extension can identify Youtube video including for one which embedded on the website page, but the button didn’t show when you run a playlist video.
In a meantime, I can’t find a similar extension to other web browsers like Firefox, Edge, or Opera. Sorry for non-Chrome users.
Capture a Screenshot on Youtube Video by Using Windows’ Tools
Instead of using third-party tools, why not to take benefits from the Windows tools? Microsoft has created a Snipping Tool to help its user capture the screen with a customizable area. This tool was in part of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 default apps. Hence, you don’t need to download and install additional software.
Run the Snipping Tool, you can find it through Start Menu.
Since we’re going to screenshot a Youtube video, change the mode into Rectangular Snip. But you can select Full-screen Snip in case you play the video on a fullscreen mode.
Click New and you are ready to capture the desired screen area using mouse pointer.
The captured picture will appear soon, click save icon to save it into the storage system. In addition, Snipping Tool also comes with handy scribble tools for highlight, note, or adding a comment.
While Snipping Tool is available for the most Windows operating system, the tool itself is far from perfect. The resolution of the image really depends on the computer screen. Despite you’re running 4K videos but your monitor only have 1080p in resolution, the screenshot will result in the 1080p image. It may be good enough for a presentation material or so, but lack of quality when you gonna use it as the graphic-sensitive usage such as photo editing.
Furthermore, you can take a screenshot by pressing PrintScreen button on the keyboard, then paste it (CTRL+V) to the image processing software, for example, Paint, Photoshop, GIMP, and more. Check out my previous guide about how to take a screenshot without third-party apps on Windows.
In case you wondering what video I used for this guide material, the title is Landscapes: Volume 4K (UHD) which created by Dustin Farrel. He’s uploaded beautiful works of high-quality video footage of nature. Check out his channel on Youtube.
So, what is your favorite tools to capture Youtube videos? Let me know in the comment!