I'm using ffmpeg for taking screenshots from video. Is it possible to take screenshots from YouTube video without downloading video to hard drive?

  • doubt it, seems you want timed screenshots of a video as it streams, don't know how
    – barlop
    Nov 25, 2013 at 12:02
  • @barlop Yes, you are right. I am looking for solution, but don't know too.
    – Matt
    Nov 25, 2013 at 12:17

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ffmpeg used to have support for libquvi that would allow to download video directly. Since it does not support the library anymore, to process a video from YouTube, you should download it using youtube-dl instead.

I am not aware of any live-processing capabilities.

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    Hey, i found nothing on how to do it for windows. Would you possibly have any clue in which direction i should be looking? And does this method still work for youtube? Apr 11, 2014 at 13:27
  • I honestly don't know, perhaps you should ask the quvi developers for hints! The method should still work for YouTube.
    – slhck
    Apr 11, 2014 at 14:28
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    I found something else. Youtube-dl.exe and it works like a charm. I can download the files and compile them with ffmpeg afterwards Apr 11, 2014 at 14:30
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    Yes, that's the usual way of accessing YouTube videos. quvi is just if you don't want to create intermediate files, which sometimes helps saving space (and time, of course).
    – slhck
    Apr 11, 2014 at 14:31
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    @IvanKolesnikov Yes, ffmpeg 3 removes libquvi support. I'll add a warning to this answer.
    – slhck
    Dec 12, 2017 at 11:14

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