Commonly used terms explained...


A catalog is the primary method of file organization and viewing in Capture One Pro 7. A catalog contains all the information needed for Capture One Pro 7 to find and display any image added to the Catalog. The information includes how the images are organized in the catalog, metadata and even what visual adjustments are made to the images. The location of the actual image files can be on any disc location but can also be placed inside the catalog file itself. It is also possible to shoot directly into a catalog from a supported tethered camera. There are many ways to implement Catalogs in your workflow, giving you the freedom of choice to create the image library for your needs.

A catalog can store single image files, Projects, Albums, Smart Albums and Groups.

Fixed menus and albums in a catalog

Once a catalog has been created, it will contain a fixed window. The content of the fixed window cannot be changed and shows fixed collections of all the images in the current catalog, recent imports, recent captures and the trash. The last ten Imports and last ten Capture sessions are always available to view here as a fixed album.


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.

A Sessions can come 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.

A Session can easily be moved to another computer or another physical disc drive. As all necessary files are saved inside the Session folder by default, you can work on the Session from any computer.

Session folders

Sessions Folders are created as part of Session. They include the Selects, Ouput, Trash and Capture Folder. Each folder can be selected and will display the contained image files in the broswer. Right click on the folder for further options.


An album contains a fixed number of images. Drag and drop images into an album from the browser. Images can also be dragged from a Capture One folder to a file system folder and vice versa, if the operating system supports this action. You cannot drag images or groups of images into a Smart Album; only into a simple or favorite folder.

An image can be put into several albums without creating copies or using more hard disk space. This saves on hard disk space and makes for easier organization. Any edits applied to an image in one album will be reflected in all other albums that contain the same image.


Smart album

A Smart Album only contains the references and adjustments that will be applied to all views of the image. You can search and/or filter within a Smart Album. This will help to narrow down a collection of images to get a smaller subset to work on and accelerate workflow; e.g. Filter all images rated with three or more stars in the Smart Album that need retouching and finalizing.

A Smart Album is cached enabling rapid access and will contain images located in a Catalog or Session folders (i.e. Session Folders, Session Albums and Session Favorites folders). If you select a folder in the Library and filter it, you can create an empty Smart folder, as the images in the filter result will not be in any Sessions folders.

A Smart Album that shows, for example, all 5 star images will change if you add or remove 5 star images from other albums or Favorite Folders.

Selects folder

The Selects Folder (previously known as the Move-To folder) is automatically created when a new session is started. It is designed to enable users to quickly and easily move image files. Once an image is selected, users simply need to press the 'move to selects' button on the toolbar and the location of the file will change to this assigned folder.

Selects collection

The Selects Collection are used within a catalog. It functions in the same way as a Selects Folder although it is worth noting that when images are moved to the Selects Collection it does not need to move them on disk.

It is possible to assigned any folder to make it a Selects Collection when you want to quickly transfer images from one folder to another. The Selects Collection function can come in particularly useful when you want to edit and move your best images into a different folder whilst browsing through multiple other image collections.


A group is a freeform organizing item commonly used within a catalog. It can contain other groups, projects and albums etc. - it is a simple way to group items. (A project in contrast will limit the search scope of, for example, smart albums within it and cannot contain other projects).


Organize your images into albums, your albums into projects and your projects into groups. It is easy to drag and drop images between collections within different projects.

You can search and filter images within a project. A project will limit the search scope of, for example, Smart Albums within it and it cannot contain other projects.

Favorite folders

A Favorite Folder enables quick and easy access to a folder in a session. A search within a Session will also include the contents of a Favorite Folder.

Hot folder

If Capture One does not provide tethered support for a camera, it is possible to shoot tethered using a camera's proprietary software and a Hot Folder. A Hot Folder, in essence, will make Capture One auto select the newest images added to a (capture) folder.