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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 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.

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. 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.

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

Dynamic locations

Create dynamic locations in tethered sessions

In Sessions, users can take advantage of Capture One’s flexible approach to organizing complex shoots. By default, the Session is stored in the Pictures folder with the session folders as sub-folders. However, the Store Files option in the Next Capture Location tool can be used to supplement this with a unique nested directory structure. A sub-folder can be made in the Capture folder, for example, for each day of a shoot, with further sub-folders for additional variables.

  1. Create a new Session, and connect a supported camera.
  2. Navigate to the Capture Tool Tab.
  3. (Name files in the Next Capture Naming window. See naming when capturing for more information.)
  4. Locate the Next Capture Location window, and click on the Store Files drop-down menu and select Choose Folder… A dialog opens.
  5. Click on the New Folder button and type in the name of this sub-folder (for example Day 1), and click Create.
  6. Repeat step 5 as necessary for the number of variables required (for example A.M., Shoes, Asymmetric etc).
  7. When complete, click on the Set as Capture Folder button. Images will be saved to this sub-folder. A dialog will open, asking if you would like to remember this Capture Folder as a Favorite.
  8. Continue to use the session as usual. Note, adopting the Selects Folder to organize images prior to editing will move images from their respective sub-folders. If a ’selects’ type folder is required, set up an Album instead.

Click on the New Folder button and type in the name of this sub-folder (for example Day 1), and click Create.

Create dynamic locations in sessions on import

If importing files from a memory-card, or a folder on a hard drive or an external drive, the Sub Folder naming tool in the Import To window of the Import Images dialog performs the same function as the Next Capture Location tool in the Capture Tool tab.

  1. Create a new Session.
  2. Click on the Import Images icon in the main tool bar, or from the main menu select File > Import Images…
  3. (From the Import Images dialog, locate the Import From window and select the location of the files to import from the Location drop-down menu.)
  4. In the Import To window, select the Capture Folder from the Store Files drop down menu.
  5. Type in the relevant names for each folder in the Sub Folder field, adding a forward slash (Mac), backward slash (Windows) in between each. For a Mac, a sample path might look something like this: /Pictures/Shoots/CatalogueShoot/Capture/Day 1/A.M./Shoes/Asymmetric.
  6. (Type in the relevant information in the other windows, and click on Import all to import the images.)
  7. Continue to use the session as usual. Note, adopting the Selects Folder to organize images prior to editing will move images from their respective sub-folders. If a ’selects’ type folder is required, set up an Album instead.

Note: When importing into a Session and the Sub Folder field contains only text or the Import Date token, Capture One will automatically create a Session Favorite. If any other tokens are used that may result in files being stored in separate sub-folders, an Album will be created instead.

Type in the relevant names for each folder in the Sub Folder field, adding a forward slash (Mac), backward slash (Windows) in between each.

Create organized folder structure from sessions on export

After editing, the Session Sub Path tokens can be used in combination with other tokens to organize how images are to be saved on export, based on the original session structure and various image attributes (such as recipe format, rating, color tag, or even variant position). Selecting the Session Sub Path and Session Sub Path Long tokens in the Process Recipe Sub Folder field would result in Day 1/A.M./Shoes and Capture/Day 1/A.M./Shoes. Adding the Image Folder Name token would include the additional Asymmetric folder, while other tokens can be used to refine the folder structure on output.

  1. Navigate to the Output Tool Tab, and select the appropriate Process recipe or recipes from the list.
  2. Select the File tab in the Process Recipe tool and from the Root Folder select a folder for output, or select Output Location if you want to maintain the default Session’s Output Folder as the enclosing folder (and keeps the Session as an integral item, as originally intended).
  3. (Add a sub name to the file if appropriate. See file naming for more info.)
  4. In the Sub Folder field, select the relevant tokens from the naming dialog after pressing the […] button, or type in the names for the sub-folders. Add forward or back slashes (Mac/Windows) between them to create a hierarchy of sub-folders. (For example, the Session Sub Path and Session Sub Path Long tokens would result in Day 1/A.M./Shoes and Capture/Day 1/A.M./Shoes, respectively.)
  5. (In the Output Naming tool, add tokens or type in a relevant name for the file, or files. See file naming for more info.)
  6. If the Output Location option was selected above (as the Root Folder), from the Output Location tool, select Output to direct the folders to the Session or select Choose Folder… or the Desktop, if processing files for separate distribution.
  7. Should further folders be required, add a token (or tokens) from the naming dialog in the Sub Folder field, after pressing the […] button, or type in the names for the folder.
  8. If sub-folders are needed, add forward or back slashes (Mac/Windows) between the entries to create a hierarchy of sub-folders.
  9. In the Process Summary window, click on the Process button to initiate processing.

Find out more information on file naming.

If sub-folders are needed, add forward or back slashes (Mac/Windows) between the entries to create a hierarchy of subfolders.

Open a session

Choose one of four ways to open a Session:

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

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

Choose one of four ways to open a Session

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.

Delete files from a session

Work in sessions simultaneously

  1. When one session is open, choose File>Open Session.
  2. Browse and open the next session file Sessionname.cosessiondb.
  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.

Work in sessions simultaniously

Create a Session Template

Making a Template allows you to create a new Session with a predetermined set of Session Albums and Session Favorites instead of starting from the presets. This may be a valuable time saving exercise if you adopt a complex hierarchy of nested Albums. Smart Albums complete with rules (search criteria and active filters) are duplicated from within the open Session.

1. Open a session and navigate to the Library with a set of Session Albums and Session Favorites that you intend to copy. Select File>Save As Template... A dialog box will open to save the file.
2. Choose a suitable name for the Template. Select Save.
3. From the Library, click on the + (plus) with reveal icon next to the Switch Session/Catalog menu and select New Session… Or select File>New Session... (shortcut Cmd+N). A dialog box will appear.
4. Select an appropriate name for the new Session, select a location for the Session to be saved to (or choose to retain the existing location), nominate the appropriate Session Subfolders as usual, and select the appropriate Template from the drop-down menu.
5. Check the box underneath to open the new Session alongside the already open Session, or uncheck to close the existing Session and open the new one.

Note: No images are copied into the Session when creating a Template. Also note, the process of creating a Session Template is similar to that of creating a Catalog Template, but the resultant files are not interchangeable.

Making a Template allows you to create a new Session with a predetermined set of Session Albums and Session Favorites instead of starting from the presets

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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.