Following Edge, Google Chrome makes screenshotting video a lot easier with new feature


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Over the past few weeks, Chrome has received some handy features, including a new tool to make sure you're using secure extensions and to make default HTTPS much more secure. Today, Google has quietly rolled out a new feature in the latest version of Chrome— the ability to capture still frames from videos.

As announced in a blog post about Chrome tips for college students, users can now easily grab high-quality screenshots from videos playing in the Chrome browser. To use the new tool, pause any video, right-click on it, and select "Copy Video Frame" from the menu.

This eliminates the need to utilize third-party tools or screenshot workarounds to grab images from videos on sites like YouTube, Netflix, and more. It provides a quick and seamless way to copy exact frames with just two clicks.

While Google mentioned the feature was available starting today, it does not yet appear to be widely available. Early testing in Chrome version 116.0.5845.141 shows it working on YouTube, but support on many other sites is limited. The captured frames are copied directly to the clipboard rather than saved as image files.

Nonetheless, when fully implemented, the video frame-capturing functionality will be a handy addition for many Chrome users who work with online video and imagery.

It is worth noting that Microsoft already added the "Copy Video Frame" feature in Edge 116 Stable. As its name suggests, it provides a new and better way to capture screenshots from web-based videos, such as those you might find on YouTube.

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