Import

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Find out how to import files into a catalog or a session.

It is quick and easy to import image files from a memory card, external hard drive, network or local computer. You can choose a naming system, add copyright information and image descriptions directly at import if desired. Inserting a memory card into a connected card reader will automatically open the Import dialog window .

Unsupported files will display a small eye icon (Windows) or a crossed over pencil icon (Mac) in the bottom right corner of an image. These icons will also appear if you don’t have the access rights to edit a file and if you try to edit images files located on a camera or a CD.

Note: JPEG files will have a read-only icon if the Enable JPEG Editing option is unchecked. See Preferences.

Capture One Pro and DB users can connect their supported camera and shoot directly into the software. See Tethered Shooting.

Import images into a catalog

  1. Go to File>Import Images… A dialog box will open to browse files.
  2. Navigate to the applicable folder, card or disk in the Locations tool.
  3. Automatic backups can also be set by checking Backup Enabled and setting a location.
  4. The Naming tab enables users to choose the Format and Job name.
    Use the Metadata tab to fill in copyright information and a description if desired.
  5. Check mark the Include Existing Adjustments if you are importing RAW files that have already been worked on in earlier versions of Capture One. Styles can also be applied to images during import from the drop down menu in Adjustments.
  6. You can select all or specific images to import.
    Note: You can always rename files later; see Renaming Multiple Files.
  7. Press Import All. You can continue working while images are imported in the background.

Note: The last used settings are remembered independently for Catalogs and Sessions, so it’s possible to adopt a different arrangement for each.

Go to File>Import Images… A dialog box will open to browse files

Import images into a session Pro

  1. Go to File>New Session...
  2. Go to File>Import Images… A dialog box will open to browse files.
  3. Navigate to the applicable folder, card or disk in the Locations tool.
  4. Automatic backups can also be set by checking Backup Enabled and setting a location.
  5. The Naming tab enables users to choose the Format and Job name.
    Use the Metadata tab to fill in copyright information and a description if desired.
  6. Check mark the Include Existing Adjustments if you are importing RAW files that have already been worked on in earlier versions of Capture One. Styles can also be applied to images during import from the drop down menu in Adjustments.
  7. You can select all or specific images to import. Press Import All. You can continue working while images are imported in the background.


It is quick and easy to import image files from a memory card, external hard drive, network or local computer. You can choose a naming system, add copyright information and image descriptions directly at import if desired

Learn more

Find out about Naming and Dynamic Locations in Sessions and Catalogs on import.

Find out how to import a catalog and export original and variants files.