Dead handy, this:
ffmpeg -ss 0.5 -i inputfile.mp4 -t 1 -s 480x300 -f image2 imagefile.jpg
The various options:
-t 1: limit to 1 frame extracted
-ss 0.5: point of movie to extract from (ie seek to 0.5 seconds)
-s 480x300: frame size of image to output (image resized to fit dimensions)
-f image2: forces format
I use this to generate preview stills for jwplayer to use. Dead handy!
Edit: Thanks to reader DieBagger who pointed out it is much faster to place the seek argument before the input file.