Export Originals

Capture One creates virtually identical copies of your source files when exporting originals, either with or without the settings files, so you can share them with colleagues.

Overview of exporting originals

When exporting originals, Capture One enables you to export copies of your source files as originals with separate settings files (i.e., in their native format with no adjustments applied).

Capture One must have access to the originals. When using a Catalog this will typically be by referencing the files, either on a local drive, or by connecting an external drive instead.  If the files are stored physically inside the Catalog itself (as shown adjacent to the In Catalog field, under the Folders panel of the Library), Capture One already has access, however the images will still be copied on export. This should not be used as a means of purging the files from your Catalog. 

Exporting originals is more likely to be chosen when you want to share files with colleagues and further editing is expected. The Export dialog offers two options for this. You can either include adjustments, where the Capture One settings and previews are exported in a seperate [CaptureOne] settings folder along with XMP sidecar files, or opt to pack RAW files as Phase One Enhanced Image Package (EIP) files. Both options allow all adjustments and metadata to be included when importing back into another copy of Capture One. Phase One EIP files, however, include the source file and all the associated settings and metadata files and any additional profiles together in one file, making it impossible for the individual files to become seperated.

When exporting RAW files in their native format, individual XMP sidecar files will accompany them, which can be useful if you’re maintaining a seperate DAM system. You may have to modify Capture One's application preferences settings for the migration of metadata in XMP sidecars, as when left to the default settings, no metadata will be included. If you only want to add metadata such as keywords, ratings, color tags and descriptions on an ad hoc basis, select Sync Metadata from the action menu in the Metadata panel’s title bar.


Exporting originals

Capture One lets you quickly export virtually identical copies of the original RAW, JPEG, TIFF or PNG source files, directly from the main menu or browser to a folder location on your local computer or external drive. Note the source files must be available to Capture One.

Originals can be exported with the adjustments as separate settings files. With Capture One Pro, you can also export RAW files complete with adjustments, ICC profiles, and LCCs in self-contained EIP files. Both these options enable you, for example, to send the files to other Capture One users who can choose to continue to use edited (or unedited) image files prior to making further amendments, should the need arise.

Capture One does not re-compress previously processed JPEGs when exporting. Although the file quality will not differ with JPEGs, or with TIFFs, the file size may increase slightly if extensive metadata has been added. 

  1. Select the image, or images, from the browser that you want to export.
  2. From the main menu, go to File (or right click) > Export > Originals… Alternatively, right click on a Session Folder, Session Album or Catalog Collection and select Export > Originals… from the menu options. The Export dialog will open.
  3. From the Destination drop down menu in the Location tab, navigate to a desired location to save the exported image files to. Add a folder and name it in the Sub Folder text field. See more about organizing images into folders and using the dynamic locations feature here.
  4. Enter a name directly in the Format text field, or choose a naming format by clicking on the action button (…) in the Naming tool and adding the appropriate tokens. Type a Job name if applicable, and add the Job Name token in the Format text field to add it on output.
  5. Select or deselect any relevant fields in the Options tab. (The Notify When Completed option is selected by default).
  6. Click on Export Original to complete the process. When multiple images are selected, the task is added to the Batch Queue and is executed in the background, enabling users to continue their work during the export process.

Exporting DNGs

Capture One can export DNGs in their original format, however, depending on the support for the file type, some export options may not be available.

DNGs that originate from a number of supported cameras, such as certain models from Leica or Pentax that write the format natively can be exported in their original format. Note, however any adjustments or metadata applied in Capture One cannot be included as seperate files.

Therefore, if re-imported into Capture One, the originals will be treated as new RAW files with only the default settings applied.

When RAWs from supported cameras are embedded and converted to DNGs, some increased interoperability may be available. In most cases, these DNGs usually have adjustments as separate settings files. Any additional metadata such as keywords or IPTC contact information will typically be embedded.

If settings and other associated files are required with DNG for further use in Capture One (e.g., in collaborations), it’s recommended that they are exported in a self-contained EIP package.

Like other source files, Capture One makes virtually identical copies of DNGs in order to preserve the integrity of the originals.

Any supported RAW file, including DNG, can be distributed from Capture One with adjustments, metadata and any relevant profiles in self-contained EIP files. See below for more information.


Exporting RAW files, settings and metadata in self-contained EIP files

With Capture One Pro, you can export RAW files complete with settings (adjustments), metadata, and where appropriate with ICC and LCC profiles, in self-contained EIP files. 

EIP is much more convenient than when moving RAW images and their associated files (such as settings and adjustments, metadata, ICC profiles, LCC profiles and annotations) between computers running Capture One Pro.

Note that JPEG and TIFF files cannot be packed and exported as EIP files.

  1. Select the intended images that will be shared as EIP files.
  2. From the main menu, choose File > Export Images > Originals.
  3. Add any folder and file naming options from the Location and Naming panels as necessary, and check mark Pack As EIP in the Options panel.
  4. Click on the Export Original(s) button, or press cancel to stop the process. When Export Original(s) is chosen, the RAW files are automatically packed and the extensions will be renamed .EIP.

Further options

Enable Notify When Completed when you want to confirm that the processing was succesful. A dialog opens with the path to the destination location.

When using a Session, you can opt for the folder containing the processed images to be added as a Session Favorite. Use this option when you have chosen a destination other than the default Sessions Output sub-folder, and you want to keep track of your processed files from within the Session itself.