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A Session can be used as a project container to store folder locations. Find out more...

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 is 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.

Video tutorial: Sessions

Watch this in depth video guide to sessions. (Click on the image to the right). Sessions enable you to store all files as a complete project including RAW files, setting files and output files.

Create 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. Rename folders if desired.
  4. Decide on the placement of the Session folders.
  5. Note that a tethered session will contain a Capture Folder.
  6. Press OK.

Open a session

Choose one of four ways to open a Session:

  1. Choose File>Open Session. Next, Browse the Session file and open Sessionname.COL50.
  2. Choose File>Open Recent Session. Choose a Session (or catalog) from drop down menu. (This menu displays the previous ten sessions/catalogs).
  3. Drag and drop the Sessionname.COL50 file on to the Capture One icon located in your Dock. (Mac)
  4. Double click on the Sessionname.COL50 file and it will automatically open in Capture One.

N.B. Once a session is completed, close the window; all adjustments to files are instantly stored.

Delete files from a session

  1. Select a file or multiple files to be deleted in the Browser.
  2. Press Backspace on your keyboard. Alternatively, press the trash icon on the toolbar.
  3. The files are placed in the Session Trash Folder, where they can be deleted or retrieved.
  4. Empty the Session Trash folder by selecting File>Empty Session Trash.

Work in sessions simultaniously

  1. When one session is open, choose File>Open Session.
  2. Browse and open the next session file Sessionname.COL50.
  3. It is now possible to drag and drop image files from one Session to another.

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

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Tip: When moving a Session, the session subfolders should be linked relative, to assure automatic update of the link. If the link is absolute, you will loose connection to the folders when changing location.

With the introduction of Catalogs, is it possible to still use Sessions?

Yes. You can use either the new Catalogs to organize your work or stick with the Sessions known from previous generations of Capture One. Sessions now offer even stronger file organization, enabling you to store all files as a complete project (with all relevant files such as raw, settings, library and output) and workflow is faster and more intuitive as sessions now work seamlessly with the new Filters tool.