Introduction to Capture One Help Site

Thank you for installing Capture One.

Capture One Pro is professional RAW conversion and image editing software that helps you capture, organize, edit, share and print amazing images with excellent color and detail in a fast, flexible and intuitive workflow.

Capture One is photographic workflow software; our improved image quality processes deliver perfect results with maximum efficiency. We've tailored each aspect of the software to ensure every supported file and camera attains optimum image quality.

Capture One software provides a logical, step-by-step workflow throughout the optimization process from captured image to the final output result. Large volumes of images can be effectively processed to deliver stunning effects with the highest quality.

The product key determines the operating capacity of Capture One software. When you download the application it contains three possible operating versions.

The Capture One DB (Digital Back) version provides owners of Phase One, Leaf & Mamiya Digital Backs with a set of highly advanced image editing tools to help streamline and make any photographer’s daily workflow more efficient, whether shooting tethered or not.

Capture One Pro delivers the same functionality as DB although it also includes support for digital camera jpeg images and numerous other Raw files. It also includes tethered support for some DSLRs. This ensures that DSLR owners have the ability to get the highest level of quality from their files. (See release notes for supported file types).

Capture One Express is a simplified version of Capture One Pro and omits some features such as tethered shooting.

You will need online access for the initial activation of Capture One Express and Capture One Pro. Capture One DB does not need an Internet connection for activation.

This guide describes Capture One for Apple® Macintosh® and it is also applicable to Capture One for Microsoft® Windows®, though some specifics are not listed.

All features tagged with the slightly raised Pro-feature text are only accessible in Capture One Pro versions. 

On rights
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Ver. 6.1 last edit May 2011
Colorspace images created in CROMiX ColorThink.

Photos by:
Phase One
Peter Eastway,
Michael Roscoe,
Drew Gardner,
Melissa Mercier,
Uli Dinger

Text By:
Phase One
Michael Roscoe
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Special thanks to Christian Mailand

On liability:
The information in this user guide is provided “as is”. Under no circumstances, including negligence, shall Phase One be liable for any incidental, special, direct, indirect or consequential damages arising out of or relating to use of the information provided in this guide with or without the software described in the guide.

Trademarks & acknowledgements
Capture One and Phase One are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Phase One A/S in the European Union and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. This product includes DNG technology under license by Adobe Systems Incorporated.