Organizing Images in Sessions

Discover how to organize images when using Sessions, create templates, and transfer Sessions between disks.

Working in multiple Sessions simultaneously

Capture One can handle numerous open Sessions at the same time.

  1. When one session is open, choose File > Open Session.
  2. Browse and open the next session file Sessionname.cosessiondb.
  3. It is now possible to drag and drop image files from one Session to another.

You can add image adjustments when importing from external media

Create a Session Template

Making a Template allows you to create a new Session with a predetermined set of Session Albums and Session Favorites instead of starting from the presets. This may be a valuable time saving exercise if you adopt a complex hierarchy of nested Albums. Smart Albums complete with rules (search criteria and active filters) are duplicated from within the open Session.

Note, no images are copied into the Session when creating a Template. Also note, the process of creating a Session Template is similar to that of creating a Catalog Template, but the resultant template files are not interchangeable.

  1. Open a Session and navigate to the Library with a set of Session Albums and Session Favorites that you intend to copy. Select File > Save As Template... A dialog box will open to save the file.
  2. Choose a suitable name for the Template. Select Save.
  3. From the Library, click on the + (plus) with reveal icon next to the switch Session/Catalog field and select New Session… Or select File > New Session... (Cmd/Ctrl+N). A dialog box will appear.
  4. Select an appropriate name for the new Session, select a location for the Session to be saved to (or choose to retain the existing location), nominate the appropriate Session Subfolders as usual, and select the appropriate Template from the drop-down menu.
  5. Check the box underneath to open the new Session alongside the already open Session, or uncheck to close the existing Session and open the new one.

Making a Template allows you to create a new Session with a predetermined set of Session Albums and Session Favorites instead of starting from the presets.

Moving a Session

Sessions can be moved from one folder to another on the local disk like any typical system folder. Sessions can also be transferred to an external drive for storage or archiving, freeing up local disk space. However, as Session folders store settings and adjustments in addition to the source files, it is not recommended to work on a Session when it’s stored on an external drive. Should the drive be accidentally disconnected, the settings could become corrupted. Therefore, when you need to work on an archived Session, it’s recommended that you first import the Session into a Catalog and continue working from the Catalog instead. Like a typical Catalog, the source images in the original Session will be referenced. Please see the section Importing a Session into a Catalog for more information.

Note when moving a Session, the session subfolders' paths should be set relative to the session folders, to assure automatic updating of the links. Although the paths are set to relative by default, if the links are set to absolute you will lose connection to the folders when changing location.

  1. Open the Session, navigate to the Library, then Ctrl-click/right-click (Mac/Windows) and select Show Info from the menu.
  2. Select each Session folder in turn and verify the path’s link is set to Relative to session in the fly-out located in the info panel. 
  3. Close the Session to be moved or transferred. 
  4. Navigate to the appropriate Session folder in the Finder/Explorer (Mac/Windows) or displayed under the System Folders collection in the Capture One Library (assuming another Session is open).
  5. Select the appropriate Session folder (it will enclose the typical Capture Selects, Output and Trash folders plus any other previously created sub-folders), and drag and drop it in the new location.
  6. When opening the Session for the first time (i.e., in the new location), navigate to the session folder using the Finder/Explorer and click on the cosession.db folder located within. This will open the Session and ensure the correct links are rebuilt between the Session folders and Capture One.
  7. Before deleting any Session folders located on the local disk, for example to free up space after transferring (i.e., copying) them to an external drive, verify first that all the folders and files are located on the external drive and make back-ups using your typical routine.
  8. You can verify the folder locations and contents from the Library. From the System Folders collection, navigate to the relevant session folder and then ctrl-click/right-click (Mac/Windows) and select Show Info from the menu. The path to the images are displayed in the Where info field. 
  9. You can also select an image from the Session subfolder and then ctrl-click/right-click (Mac/Windows) and select Show in Finder/Explorer (Mac/Windows). If you have the Path Bar enabled in the Finder/Explorer (File > View Show Path Bar) then the path can be confirmed. Alternatively, use third-party software to verify and validate the transfer.

Sessions can be moved from one folder to another on the local disk like any typical system folder.