Modifying Capture Naming and Counters

Tethered shooting / File naming / Importing images

Capture One imports images directly when working with a tethered camera, and you can choose from and apply a wide range of naming and counter options in the process.

Name or rename images

As both the memory card and its internal naming system are bypassed when working tethered, captured files are named on import by the Next Capture Naming tool. The default naming format adopts the Session or Catalog name along with a four-digit frame counter. However, you can change this at any time thereafter, using text or tokens or a combination of the two. Note, amending the name in Name field does not rename the document.

For example, if you’ve organized your Session or Catalog with a series of capture folders, by adopting the Destination Folder Name token you can automatically append images with that folder name as they come into Capture One. When changing the capture folder, the token will automatically update all further images with the new name. Similarly, if you’re using Favorites in Sessions or Capture Collections in Catalogs, you can adopt the Collection Name token instead.

When only the original file name is required from the camera, replace the tokens in the Format field with only the Original Filename token instead. Note the selected Format and Name entries are saved when saving a Session or a Catalog as as Template.

  1. Go to the Next Capture Naming tool.
  2. In the Name text field, the Session (or Catalog) name adopted can be altered simply by typing a new name. For this text to be applied as the file name, the Name token must be used in the Format field.
  3. When other naming options are to be used, click on the () icon next to the Format text field to reveal the Naming Format dialog.
  4. Select one of the presets or create a new naming format by dragging tokens and, if desired, by adding custom text to the Format text field. Note some tokens have additional format options, click on the disclosure triangle to the right of the token to access and select the alternative configuration.
  5. Verify the resultant name and format in the Sample field below the Format text field. This format will be used in naming subsequent files.
  6. Click OK to accept the changes.

Find out more about Naming Files, Creating Naming Presets and Naming a Sequence when Tethered.   

When working tethered, captured files are named on import using the Next Capture Naming tool, as the camera bypasses both the memory card and its internal naming system.

An overview of Counters

The Next Capture Naming tool offers a number of options for counters. With the default Camera Counter token, Capture One keeps track of the specific camera used during tethering. A four-digit counter is adopted, starting at zero the first time the camera is used tethered and thereafter increasing by one with each capture.

The Camera Counter cannot be reset, and continues regardless of the session or catalog in use. Additional Capture Counters are available that allow full control over, however, and you can adopt both the Import Counter and the Capture Counter when working between a tethered camera and another with a memory card. This allows consistent numbering between them.

When only the original file name is required from the camera, replace the tokens in the Format field with the Original Filename token instead.

The Next Capture Naming tool offers a number of options for counters.

Adding Counters

The default Camera Counter can be appended or replaced with additional counters. Two Capture Counters are available; a 1-6 Digit Counter that allows you to choose the number of leading zeros, and a simple Counter without that option.

  1. From the Next Capture Naming tool, click on the action menu () beside the Format text field. The Naming Format dialog opens.
  2. Double click on the relevant Counter token, or drag it to the Format text field in the Naming Format dialog. In addition, the 1-6 Digit Counter is included in a number of presets available from the dialog.
  3. One or more counters may be used at a time.
  4. Click OK to accept the selections.

The default Camera Counter can be appended or replaced with additional counters. Two Capture Counters are available, a 1-6 Digit Counter and a three-digit Counter.

Setting Counters for both tethered use and import using a memory card

When you know you will be switching between tethered operation and downloading images from a memory card in the same shoot, the Next Capture Naming tool can integrate the Import Counter in the Import Images dialog (i.e., the Importer) with the Capture Counter. This maintains consistent numbering, however, it is recommended that this option is set before starting tethered capture.

  1. Start a new tethered session.
  2. From the Next Capture Naming tool, click on the action menu (), located at the top right of the dialog.
  3. Select Use Import Counter. (Note, there is no need to switch back to the Capture Counter when working with a tethered camera).
  4. Click on the action menu () beside the Format text field. The Naming Format dialog opens.
  5. Add the 1-6 Digit Counter token, or the three digit Counter token, by double clicking on or dragging the relevant token to the Format field.
  6. When it is time to import from a memory card, connect a card reader and card, or click on the Import icon to open the Import Images dialog.
  7. In the Naming dialog, adopt the same naming format and counter tokens selected in the Next Capture Naming tool.
  8. Imported images will adopt the same naming and numbering format as the tethered camera.  

When you know you will be switching between tethered operation and downloading images from a memory card in the same shoot, the Next Capture Naming tool can integrate the Import Counter in the Import Images dialog (i.e., the Importer) with the Capture Counter.

Setting a Counter value

You can set a value to start from for the selected counter (i.e., Capture or Import). Note the Camera Counter can not be altered.

  1. From the Next Capture Naming tool, click on the action menu (), located at the top right of the tool’s title bar. The action menu dialog opens..
  2. Click on Set Capture/Import Counter. A dialog opens.
  3. Add a value to start from. To count down, add a minus (-) sign in-front of the value.
  4. Click OK to accept the settings.

From the Next Capture Naming tool, click on the action menu (…), located at the top right of the dialog.

Setting the Counter increment

You can set a value for the selected counter (i.e., Capture or Import) to increase or decrease by. Typically this value will be one, but this option can be useful with multi-camera set-ups.

  1. From the Next Capture Naming tool, click on the action menu (), located at the top right of the dialog.
  2. Click on Set Capture/Import Counter Increment. A dialog opens. 
  3. Set a value for the desired increment (to count down, minus values can be used).

From the Next Capture Naming tool, click on the action menu (…), located at the top right of the dialog.

Manually decreasing the Counter

The Capture Counter in use can be decreased manually, if necessary. This is useful when you want to re-number an image.

  1. From the main menu Choose Edit > Counters > Decrement Capture Counter.
  2. The counter is decreased by the previously selected increment each time this option is selected.
  3. When another image is captured, duplicating the same counter number, the image will NOT be overwritten but appended with the set increment instead.

The Capture Counter in use can be decreased a frame at a time, if necessary.

Resetting a Counter

With the exception of the Camera Counter, each counter can be reset from the Next Capture Naming tool or from main menu. Note, you can assign shortcuts to the counter options in the Capture One > Edit Keyboard shortcuts… / Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts… (Mac / Windows) menu.

  1. From the Next Capture Naming tool, click on the action menu (…), located at the top right of the tool’s title bar. The tool’s action menu opens.
  2. Click on Reset [Type] Counter.
  3. Alternatively, from the main menu, choose Edit > Counters > Reset [Type] Counter.
  4. The selected counter will be reset. Note the Camera Counter cannot be reset.

From the Next Capture Naming tool, click on the action menu (…), located at the top right of the dialog