Have you ever made a video only to regret not taking a photo instead? With Vhoto for iOS, you can do just that: grab an image from a video to capture the moment in still life.
Scanning for the best image
Vhoto is much more than just an image extractor: it's a social network, a video camera, and a photo editor all in one. The most interesting function of the app, however, is the video to image extractor.
When you first open Vhoto, you can chose to use the app as a 'guest', or sign up using your email address or Facebook profile. Once you're in, you'll be able to access the photos and videos from your camera roll. Choose the video that you want to extract an image from, and click Find Photo.
Vhoto analyzes the video for the best frames, and after a few minutes (depending on the length of the video), you'll get a gallery of frames to chose from. The recommended images that came up from our short 15 second video during testing were pretty good in terms of choice and quality, but the longer the video, the more options you'll have.
Once you've chosen your favorite image, you can edit the photo using basic editing effects including filters and adjustments. Once you're done with the photo, you can save it to your iPhone, or share it via social media, although you'll have to register (for free) to share it directly.
Aside from extracting images from a video, you can also upload and edit photos and post them to Vhoto's social network, which is based, like many, on followers and hashtags.
A few unnecessary extras
The editing and extracting function of Vhoto are really easy to use, with a logical step-by-step function to help you choose, edit and upload photos. The downside is that the quality of the photo is only as good as the quality of the video which, on an older iPhone model, isn't stellar.
The social network aspect in Vhoto, however, is a bit less logical and seems a bit forced within the context of the app's main function. Navigation is slightly awkward, and some menu options seem redundant, but the interface is nice and modern.
You can also take photos and record videos within the app, although it seems slightly counter-intuitive to film a video in an app that converts them to photos, when you could just take a photo in the first place. Still, it's a nice added feature.
Converter for the win
Vhoto's main function, converting video to images, is a great tool that gets pretty impressive results, but some of its secondary, social media functions seem a bit out of place. Still, the app lets you save images without forcing you to post or share them to any social network, and that makes it a great tool for converting videos to images.