Use the Sessions function to organize all your work and any client project. Sessions enables you to store all files as a complete project that includes RAW files, setting files, library files and output files. 

Create a Session as a project container that primarily stores folder locations and paths to drives used in a project. For quick access and fast loading of folders you can create favorite folders for the locations used in a particular project.

Sessions are especially useful when you are shooting tethered. Simply create a tethered session, plug in the camera and capture images directly to Capture One. This saves time compared to importing images after a shoot. 

Should you prefer to operate with sessions, as known in previous versions of Capture One Pro, Phase One supports your photographic workflow with even stronger sessions than before. Workflow is faster and more intuitive as sessions now work seamlessly with the new Filters tool. Use the Sessions function to organize all your work and any client project. Sessions enables you to store all files as a complete project that includes RAW files, setting files, library files and output files. 


A catalog is the primary method of file viewing and organization in Capture One Pro. Catalogs are located and accessed in the Library tool. Image files need to be imported into a catalog. It is also possible to shoot directly into a catalog from a supported tethered camera. Catalogs can also be imported from Media Pro. You can create any number of catalogs to serve different storage purposes. A Catalog can store single image files, Projects, Smart Albums and Groups

Organize supported image files in flexible collections; browse 1000's of images at unprecedented speed. Customers can switch between multiple catalogs easily, without having to restart or relaunch software.

Catalogs in General -> Multiple ways to organize your images into a structure that is suitable for you.  Fast browsing of large databases of images.  Advanced filtering and searching options means finding images with specific criteria is quick and easy.

With Capture One Pro , you can now choose if you want to store your images within the catalog or reference files outside the catalog. This makes it possible to keep your catalog on your workstation and your images on external drives or servers.  This way there are no storage limitations for larger image databases and offline browsing is then made possible - see below for specific details.

Our mission is to keep being innovative and to support your photography in the best way possible, by offering you a unique type of digital asset management in the form of catalogs and powerful virtual organization.

Use catalogs to organize supported image files in flexible collections, browse 1000's of images at unprecedented speed. You can switch between multiple catalogs easily, without having to restart or re-launch your professional imaging software – unlike any other! Further cutting edge features include offline images with adjustable previews, shared catalogs, full virtual organization, all-in-one catalogs and referenced files and tools for file management, catalogs as documents and more. 

Catalogs as documents

Customers can switch between multiple catalogs easily, without having to restart or re-launch software.

Shared Catalogs

Several people can now work in the same Catalog. Choose between two set-ups: either one person with rights to both view and write, or several persons with only the right to view.

Search and Filtering

Search and Filtering makes it easy to find, sort and organize images from a selected collection in a folder, session folders, album, or smart album. Resulting images are displayed as thumbnails in the image browser. A new advanced Filter tool is now available in the library tab through an intuitive and visual process. This allows professionals to keep cataloged files on external drives or servers and still enable 'offline' browsing, integrated drag-and-drop tagging, advanced search and smart albums.  Are there any limitations to your photography? No – as there are also no storage limitations for larger Catalogs on smaller workstations i.e. Laptops. Finally, in order to support professionals in a rush to focus on capturing stunning images, we have ensured that it is easy to locate image files within the library tool, supporting storage in more than one location.

Media Pro functionality

This brings Media Pro efficient searching and filtering to Capture One Pro  and there is a new advanced Filter tool now available in the library tab.

Find your images quickly, with a multitude of meta data criteria. Users get faster indexing and tagging; it is possible to simply drag and drop images onto keywords, star ratings and color tags.

Advanced File Naming

Capture One provides a powerful renaming tool that enables you to create customized, token-based naming systems with ease. Choose your own combination of text and tokens to create your own bespoke naming system and apply it an individual photograph or a group of images. Save your naming selection as a preset for future use to ensure image-naming consistency. 

Focus Mask

Accelerate your image editing selection with the Focus Mask for fast verification of image sharpness and focus. The Focus Mask is applied to all images in the thumbnail browser so it becomes easy to identify the images that have the desired focus. The Focus Mask is perfectly suited for portrait, wedding and fashion shoots where, for example, the eyes of a model need to be in pin sharp. Additionally, the Focus mask can be active during tethered shooting to constantly monitor the sharp areas of focus. 

Focus Tool

Get an instant, true view of image sharpness with the Focus tool. Use it as part of your fixed tool tab or drag it out as a floating window tool.


Capture One’s Loupe Tool is a powerful magnifier that allows you to zoom into an image from 25% to 400%. It can be used to quickly check focus or view close-up details of a selected image or any thumbnail in the image browser.  


Variants permit you to create virtual copies of your original image without taking up more than a few kilobytes of hard-drive space. Experiment with different settings or modify the work you have done on an image without risk. 

Virtual Organization 

Phase One has built-in a customizable structure that works for you to facilitate professional organization. That way you can organize your images into albums, your albums into projects, your projects into groups, and easily drag and drop images between collections within different projects – anyway you’d like in your own ideal workflow.  


A group is a freeform organizing item. It can contain other groups, projects albums etc. - it is really just about grouping items in a nice way, nothing else. A project in contrast will limit the search scope of, for example, smart albums within it and cannot contain other projects.


Put an image into several albums without creating copies or using more hard disk space. This saves on hard disk space and makes for easier organization.  Editing an image in one album will, of course, be reflected in all other albums, which contain the same image. 


Group your albums into projects, search and filter for images within a project. A Project will limit the search scope of, for example, Smart Albums within it and it cannot contain other Projects

As with Albums - flexible structure to create the organization you want.

Manual Sorting

Drag and drop images into just the order you want, and keep that order for the given collection. Compare this to dragging slides around on a light table which is a dated practice. (Old School!)  You can control the flow of a slide show or control the layout of images for printing.


The Library tool allows access to the images within Albums, Smart Albums and Favorites and to any image collections stored in folders on a computer or networked resource. It is easy to browse through the image collections thanks to the hierarchical tree structure of the library. It is even possible to work on images in folders without importing them (e.g. on a server or hard disk) to free up memory on your computer. 

The Library Tool enables you to access files located on your local computer or on external drives and networks. The Library Tool is a filtered file explorer that displays supported files.

The Library tool tab in Capture One Pro is where all file navigation and organization takes place. Navigate via the hierarchical tree-view to a folder that contains the image files you wish to edit. Thumbnails of the images within your selected folder will be created and displayed in the Image Browser.

You do not necessarily have to import images to a local drive (although this is recommended for optimal performance). Capture One Pro applies non-destructive editing because any image adjustments will not affect the actual raw file – only the Capture One Pro settings file will change.

Search all albums

The search functionality is quick and efficient. The ‘All Images’ collection will display the all the images from all the users albums or all the images in the catalog.

Folders Tool

The folders tool lets users see where catalog files come from on disk. It also enables users to move files by dragging them to folders and you can even move files in and out of the catalog.

Fixed menus and albums 

Capture One Pro introduces a 'Fixed' pull down menu and  'Fixed Albums'. The last ten Imports and last ten Capture sessions are always available to view here as a fixed album.  Also all images in the current catalog can be viewed as well.  NB Recent Captures Album can be set to create automatically at a preferred interval.  For example, first capture of the day or after a set period of inactivity. This quick access to recent work saves having to locate specific imports or shoots.

Offline Browsing

If your images are no longer online with the current Catalog, they can still be browsed and some image adjustments made.  This is good if you keep your cataloged files on external drives or servers but would still like to browse 'offline'.  There are no storage limitations for larger Catalogs on smaller workstations i.e. Laptops. It is also easy to located image files within the library tool if storage is in more than one location.

Hi-speed Caching

This enables the user to compare two images in full resolution with no load time. It is useful for rapid editing of images - particularly fashion / portrait / beauty and is very fast to compare and choose the final edits.

Metadata Editing

Capture One Pro offers powerful support for metadata that can streamline workflow throughout the complete post-production process. The Metadata tool enables you to read, update, and modify valuable information at any point within the production process. The latest version adds XMP sync and Auto Load as well as a GPS link to Google Maps. Capture One provides wide support for exchange of metadata between applications.

There is no need to type in the same text twice - Capture One Pro knows what you have typed before and will help you auto fill the metadata field so it saves time.

Drag & drop tagging

It is now even quicker to star rate and/or color tag. Simply select one or more thumbnails in the Browser then drag and drop the thumbnail(s) on to the desired star rating or color tag in the Filters tools. 

Rating and Color Tagging

It is quick and easy to rate and color tag images to help assist your selection and editing process. Ratings can be applied instantly (on screen or via keyboard shortcuts) from 1 to 5 stars. Color tags can add another dimension and can be used together with a Rating, or as an alternative on its own. 

Smart Albums

Album folders are virtual collections that offer an easy way to organize images from different folders, without having to create duplicate images in the same folder. Smart Albums are populated automatically by images that match the album’s criteria. Capture One comes with a selection of Smart Albums that are already set up in the library. You can also create your own Smart Albums.

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