Convert Video to Images (Frames) & Images (Frames) to Video using OpenCV (Python)

Khush Patel
Feb 2 · 2 min read
Video to Images and Images to Video

This post has 2 different part to generate frames from Video and from multiple images we can generate video in any format.

Video to Image (Frames) conversion

This will require to install CV2 library. If you have not installed it, just install using the following command.

>>> pip install opencv-python #For python 2.x
>>> pip3 install opencv-python #For python 3.x
>>> conda install opencv-python #If you directly install in anaconda with all dependencies.

Code :

import cv2
vidcap = cv2.VideoCapture('video.mp4')
def getFrame(sec):
hasFrames,image =
if hasFrames:
cv2.imwrite("image"+str(count)+".jpg", image) # save frame as JPG file
return hasFrames
sec = 0
frameRate = 0.5 #//it will capture image in each 0.5 second
success = getFrame(sec)
while success:
count = count + 1
sec = sec + frameRate
sec = round(sec, 2)
success = getFrame(sec)

Explanation :

In cv2.VideoCapture(‘video.mp4’), we just have to mention the video name with it’s extension. Here my video name is “video.mp4”. You can set frame rate which is widely known as fps (frames per second). Here I set 0.5 so it will capture a frame at every 0.5 seconds, means 2 frames (images) for each second.

It will save images with name as image1.jpg, image2.jpg and so on.

Images (Frames) to Video


import cv2
import numpy as np
import os
from os.path import isfile, join
pathIn= './images/testing/'
pathOut = 'video.avi'
fps = 0.5
frame_array = []
files = [f for f in os.listdir(pathIn) if isfile(join(pathIn, f))]
#for sorting the file names properly
files.sort(key = lambda x: x[5:-4])
frame_array = []
files = [f for f in os.listdir(pathIn) if isfile(join(pathIn, f))]
#for sorting the file names properly
files.sort(key = lambda x: x[5:-4])
for i in range(len(files)):
filename=pathIn + files[i]
#reading each files
img = cv2.imread(filename)
height, width, layers = img.shape
size = (width,height)

#inserting the frames into an image array
out = cv2.VideoWriter(pathOut,cv2.VideoWriter_fourcc(*'DIVX'), fps, size)for i in range(len(frame_array)):
# writing to a image array


Using this code we can generate video from Images (Frames). We have to add pathIn (path of the folder which contains all the images). I set framerate with 0.5 so it will take 2 images for 1 second.)

It will generate output video in any format. (eg.: .avi, .mp4, etc.)

!!! Please take care that all images are in sequence like image1.jpg, image2.jpg and so on.

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