Capture One 8.3 was released last week in conjunction with our new XF camera system.
Capture One Pro 8 is a professional RAW converter offering you ultimate image quality with accurate colors and incredible detail from more than 300 high-end cameras straight out of the box. It offers state-of-the-art tethered capture, powerful digital asset management, extensive adjustment tools and a flexible workflow. Capture One 8.1's main file takes about 15.47 MB (16223888 bytes) and is named CaptureOne.exe. Capture One 8.1 is comprised of the following executables which occupy 19.21 MB (20142951 bytes) on disk: CaptureOne.exe (15.47 MB) ImgCoreProcess.exe (183.50 KB).
Our new camera inspired us to expand the communication between Capture One and the tethered camera. Therefore the new Camera Settings tool enables you to configure many of the settings of not only the new Phase One XF but other models from Canon, Nikon and Sony.
So, as opposed to digging through the menus of your camera, simply search for the term in the Camera Settings tool and adjust from there!
It makes life much easier (and faster!) to adjust the settings directly from Capture One.
We have also redesigned the Camera tool to mirror the XF display and be able to change settings directly from here. Don’t forget – this is not just for Phase One cameras, this also works for Canon, Nikon and Sony too.
When you start up Capture One 8.3 you will find the new Camera tool and the new Camera Settings tool in the Capture tool tab.
The new Camera tool, not only gives you a display of the current settings, but also allows you to change them, without the need to necessarily enter the Camera Settings tool. Simply click on a parameter and use the pop menu to adjust with the Plus / Minus buttons.
Clicking another option, for example, could bring up a list…
So, for your given camera, just have a click around and see what you can change! The available options are based on your camera model and what is made available for access. So it will vary model to model.
Note that there is also a camera battery status icon. Very useful for keeping an eye on during tethered capture!
The next new tool, Camera Settings, goes further than the simple Camera tool, by accessing as many options in your camera as possible. Again, we access what is made available by the specific camera model so you may see some variations.
Here is a view from the new Phase One XF camera…
And that’s just a small part! Therefore, to make this easier there is also a search bar at the top of the tool, so you can get straight away to the desired setting.
Type any search term in there and go straight to the adjustment. So, for example, if I connect a Sony A7 camera and type ‘Drive’ in the search menu and get straight to the following.
Therefore you could also consider Capture One as a camera configurator, even if you don’t shoot tethered.
Grids and Guides
To bring Capture One in alignment with options available on IQ digital backs, we added a couple more compositional grids. The preferred grid can be selected in the Capture One preferences under ‘type’…
To view the grid in the Capture One viewer, click the show guides icon on, in the top toolbar. (Indicated by the orange circle)…
Also in Capture One 8.3, we have approved tethered functionality on the Mac platform with an overhaul of the engine to increase performance and stability!
Download today and enjoy the new features.
David Grover is part of the Capture One team, bringing you help, advice and education on a variety of subjects and platforms. David can be found on most weeks delivering live Capture One Webinars or anytime on our YouTube Channel.
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It was by no means a slow application, but version 8 of Capture One Pro has been updated with a new processing engine. I got my hands on a fresh copy and found several improvements that make it the choice of the professional, starting with its pristine, neutral demosaicing algorithm.
Capture One Pro 8's new processing engine makes for an even faster processing speed than its predecessor, even on somewhat older machines like my three-year-old iMac. But speed isn't everything: the Capture One engineers tried harder and improved a lot of Capture One's already impressive functionality.
Improvements that caught my eye include better image quality when using the High Dynamic Range (HDR) tool, which lets you restore detail in highlights and shadows without introducing noise. Another impressive improvement is much better image quality when working with high ISO images. I tested the new Luminance Noise Reduction with an image shot at ISO 3200 and compared the results with a DxO PRIME reduction. Much to my surprise, there was hardly any difference. The improved luminance noise-reduction algorithm is one of the main reasons why you'll want to check out version 8.
The addition of a Natural Clarity method is good, but there's only a subtle difference between that and the Neutral setting. Not so subtle, and absolutely a winner, is the expansion of the number of corrections, edits, and effects you can apply to local areas using the Layers feature. There are now three types of layers: adjustment (the one we know from previous versions), healing, and cloning. You can freely switch between the three. The two new layer types offer the same sort of functionality as the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush tools in Photoshop, but they seemed easier to use for someone who has never worked with these types of brushes before. You can also apply more local adjustments, including White Balance, HDR, Noise Reduction, and Purple Fringing.
Film Grain is new, too, but that's the one feature I wasn't so sure about. Capture One Pro 8 doesn't try to emulate specific films (e.g., Kodak TRI-X 400), but only draws inspiration from them. Phase One argues that there are simply too many variables. For example, a film from the '50s will look different than the same product in the '70s. There are questions of how old it was before it was used, how it was developed, etc.; hence, the more generic approach of adding Cubic Grain, Smooth Grain, Silver Rich, and others. For a full film stock emulation, users should create a creative style and fiddle with the Black & White conversion sliders, the Curve panel, and Film Grain.
Finally, the digital asset management (DAM) part of Capture One Pro 8 is slowly maturing. You can now import your Apple Aperture Library straight into a Capture One catalog. Catalogs can have hierarchical keywords, catalog folders can be synchronized, etc. Sessions, which are especially useful for tethered shooting, are still available and the import functionality has been differentiated between catalogs and sessions. Metadata editing has improved and metadata can be edited in the Filters panel.
For Capture One Pro 8, Phase One has expanded tethered functionality. Support for many cameras has been added—tethered support for select Sony cameras, for example—but obviously the most sophisticated support is still to be had with Phase One cameras.
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Hot: Noise reduction; local adjustments; tethered shooting