If you need to create still images from video — for a DVD cover, for example — try Aquafadas’ SnapFlow ($129).
You can easily navigate through your video frame-by-frame to select the best shots, compare them, then extract single images (or a series) which can be grouped into project folders or assigned a star rating.
SnapFlow also includes several filters for improving the stills, such as Unsharp Mask, Saturation, Brightness, and Contrast.
It supports all QuickTime formats, including HD, as well as raw HDV/MPEG-2 and AVCHD footage.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.