An Overview of Sessions

Before starting work on your images, find out how Sessions can be used in your workflow, and how they differ from using a Catalog.

Introduction to Sessions

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, output files 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. Shooting tethered in Capture One can also help you get superior control. A shoot can be scrutinized as it happens, to help you fine-tune image parameters.

Opening a Session

After opening Capture One for the first time you will have created either a Catalog or Session in the process. If you created a Catalog when setting-up, and now want to switch and adopt the more project-oriented workflow of a Session, you will need to create a new Session (see below for more details). If you previously created a Session and want to continue working on the project, you can choose one of four ways to open it:

  1. Choose File > Open. Navigate to the Session file and open Sessionname.cosessiondb.
  2. Choose File > Open Recent. Choose a Session from the drop down menu. (This menu displays up to ten previously opened Sessions/Catalogs).
  3. Drag and drop the Sessionname.cosessiondb file on to the Capture One icon located in your Dock (Mac only).
  4. Double click on the Sessionname.cosessiondb file and it will automatically open in Capture One.

Choose one of four ways to open a Session

Video tutorial: Sessions

Learn about the differences between Sessions and Catalogs in this in-depth video tutorial. (Click on the image to the right). Discover when to use Sessions instead of Catalogs and how to create, build and structure them.

Creating a new Session

  1. Select File > New Session. (Alternatively, go to the Library Tool Tab and press the + icon located next to the Switch Session/Catalog menu).  
  2. Name the Session.
  3. Choose a Template if set-up (or leave as Blank).
  4. Rename folders if desired.
  5. Decide on the placement of the Session folders.
  6. Press OK.

Find out more on creating a Session Template.

elect File>New Session. (Alternatively, go to the Library Tool Tab and press the + icon located next to the Switch Session/Catalog menu)

Importing images into a Session

There are various options available to import images into a Session in Capture One:

  1. Import from a memory card, connected camera, or folder on a computer or external disk drive. Press the import icon (arrow icon in middle or the top left of the user interface) or go to File > Import Images… Find out about the Import dialog box here.
  2. Shoot from a supported tethered DSLR or digital back. When more than one Session is open, images will be imported into the active Session by default. Find out about capturing from a tethered camera here.

Capture One’s importer tool for sessions is practically identical to the importer used for catalogs.