How can I extract the static images from Windows Media Video 9.1 Image v2?

I have a video-slideshow created by Photo Story 3 using the Windows Media Video 9.1 Image v2 codec. How can I extract the static images from this file?

The closest I’ve got is using Windows Media ASF View 9 series to find the binary data associated with each static image, but I’m not sure how it is encoded. (The Stream Properties Object says they are bitmaps with WVP2 encoding, but the only references to WVP2 I can find are referring to it as a fourcc.)

I’ve worked on this for several hours, but I’m shooting in the dark. I’ve also asked microsoft.public.windowsmedia.sdk and the Wikipedia Reference Desk, but no joy so far.

This is the best record I have of a trip overseas, so I’m hoping somebody out there has a good idea. I would appreciate it very much. :bow:

If it can play in VLC player, use the ‘Snapshot’ item in the video menu.

If the file were encoded with Windows Media Video, you’re right, I think that’s about the best one could do. However, this file is encoded with Windows Media Video Image, which means “Instead of processing uncompressed video, it transforms still images into video by using pan, zoom, and cross-fade transitions between clips to create an unlimited number of effects.” I want to get at those “still images”.

For instance, let’s take photo 6. In the video, the camera zooms out of photo 6 and fades into photo 7. Because of this, the only frames that show photo 6 are either zoomed in or already fading into photo 7.

In fact, I first noticed something weird was going on when I was scrubbing around with VLC trying to line up the best frame to snapshot. Because VLC has some trouble with this format, I got bizarre glitches sometimes, such as photo 6 zooming out and smoothly fading into photo 5. That’s when I did a double take and checked the codec. I think photo 6 is inside this video somewhere, I just don’t know how to get it out.

Make sense? :confused:

Can you also edit in Photo Story? http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx is the download page. Looks like it’s a free program.

[QUOTE=olyteddy;2409800]Can you also edit in Photo Story? http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx is the download page. Looks like it’s a free program.[/QUOTE]

Nope. For editing, Photo Story wants .wp3 or .psc files. I don’t see a way to use Photo Story to edit a slideshow once it’s been made into a .wmv. Thanks for the thought, though.

Movica is a simple editor for .wmv files. It is free to use, so you might try it. http://www.videohelp.com/tools/Movica

[QUOTE=Kerry56;2409812]Movica is a simple editor for .wmv files. It is free to use, so you might try it. http://www.videohelp.com/tools/Movica[/QUOTE]

I checked the feature list, but I don’t see anything that would help in this particular situation. Thanks for the suggestion.