Live View Pro

Speed up your workflow with Live View for supported medium format and DSLR cameras.

Shoot using a Live Preview

  1. Open Capture One Pro and start a Tethered session. (Choose File>New Session...)
  2. Connect a compatible camera via FireWire or USB. (Capture One will automatically recognize the camera or digital back). 
  3. Activate Live Preview by pressing the camera icon in the Camera tool or choose Window>Live View. (A Live View window will open).
  4. Set the Aperture. Set the Shutter time to BULB or TIME function with a medium format/digital back. (The Live View will start as soon as the shutter is opened).
  5. Press RGB icon to switch between a RGB or a Black and White view.
  6. Adjust Lightness and Quality as desired to set sharpness.
  7. Set White Balance using the White Balance picker (WB is only for Live View).
  8. Start the Overlay tool (using an additional file) to, for example, shoot a comparison image or to help composition in accordance to a specific layout.
  9. Adjust the composition.
  10. Close the Live View window and set the correct shutter speed to expose an image.

N.B. Live View is created to work in a studio environment and is fully integrated into Capture One software. The preview can be overexposed beyond the parameters of the adjustment sliders if Live View is used outdoors or if a camera is pointing directly towards a light source.

Activate Live Preview by pressing the camera icon in the Camera tool or choose Window>Live View. (A Live View window will open).

Use an Overlay with Live View

  1. Start a tethered session. (Choose File>New Session...).
  2. Set up the camera for tethered photography.
  3. Start Live View.
  4. Insert a draft file into the Overlay window by pressing the browse icon to select a relevant file or simply drag and drop a file into the specified area. 
  5. Adjust the subject according to the layout or composition of the chosen draft file.
    Alternatively, adjust the position of the draft file to your subject.

Insert a draft file into the Overlay window by pressing the browse icon to select a relevant file or simply drag and drop a file into the specified area.

Fine tune focus using the Focus Meter

1. Start by focusing approximately on the subject using the focus ring of the lens.
2. Activate the Focus Meter tool by clicking on the Focus Meter icon in the Tool bar.
3. Click on the subject in the Live View window to set a focus area. To check focus simultaneously at different points within the frame, up to three focus areas can be set. Attempting to set a fourth will prompt a message to close or move one of the existing focus areas.
4. Adjust the position of the focus area on the subject by either, by clicking inside the focus area and dragging, or by clicking and dragging focus area’s top-bar.
5. Focus areas may be resized to fit the subject precisely (for improved accuracy) by grabbing the frame at the side, bottom or corner. (To delete a focus area, click on the X icon in the top right corner.)
6. Each focus area has an individual focus meter, which appears in the left tool bar. Like other tools, this can be removed from the tool bar, repositioned and resized for convenience.
7. Slowly turn the focus ring while observing the meter carefully. The main (white colored) meter peaks at, or occasionally close to, optimal focus, leaving an orange-colored marker at the high point. A secondary orange-colored fine-focus meter is used to verify the measurement (located in the main meter’s frame).
8. Continue to adjust the focusing ring with care, until the secondary fine-focus meter reaches its maximum point. When optimal focus is achieved, the outer orange fine focus meter encloses the main white bar, which then changes color to orange. Note, under certain (i.e. low-contrast) conditions, the main bar will not change color, however, best-possible focus is achieved when both bars no longer continue to rise.
9. If both bars fall, the point of maximum focus has passed. Go back to point 8 and repeat.

Note: To reset the marker at the high point, simply zoom in or out, resize or move the focus area. The main meter may also peak when the lens is markedly out of focus. Please focus approximately on the subject before activating the Focus Meter tool. A high-quality USB 3.0 cable is essential for reliable operation.

Live View interface: Part 1

(See Play, Turn Overlay On, Alignment Function, RGB Preferences, and Customize icons circled from left to right).

Play: Start Live View if paused.
Turn Overlay On: Turns Overlay on or off independently of the check mark in the overlay function.
Alignment Function: This function turns the Alignment tool on/off.
RGB: Choose a preview in Color or Black and White. A Black and White image may appear grainier compared to a color image.
Preferences: Shortcut to preferences. The Capture tab is where Live View pause settings can be adjusted.
Customize: Press this icon to customize the Live View user interface.

See Play, Turn Overlay On, Alignment Function, RGB Preferences, and Customize icons circled from left to right

Live View interface: Part 2

Refresh: Refresh the navigation window according to the Live View.
Lightness: Adjust the lightness slider if the Live View image seems too dark or too bright.
Focus: Use the arrow buttons to adjust focus. (An active button will turn orange). Note, this feature is only compatible with certain Nikon and Canon DSLRs.
Quality: Adjusts the Live View quality. Higher Quality levels will produce a slower rate to update the image.
DOF/EPV: Use this to stop down the lens to the taking aperture on supported Canon EOS cameras only.  With certain Nikon DSLR bodies, use the EPV option instead (Capture One automatically switches between the two). The EPV feature typically disables auto-gain and simulates the expected exposure result with the current settings.
Frame Rate: Shows the actual Frame Rate of the Live View window.
Overlay: Overlay can help guide image composition. See Overlay.
Focus Meter: A visual aid to achieve optimal focus when manually adjusting the focus ring of a lens. See Focus Meter.
Camera Control: Previously available under the Capture tool tab, this tool is now offered in the left-hand Live View tool bar. Use this for direct capture and to set orientation directly from the menu (without resorting to the main application window).

Note: More tools can be accessed directly from the Live View interface that were previously only available from the Capture tool tab. The following tools are available:
Next Capture Adjustments
Next Capture Location
Next Capture Naming
Exposure Evaluation

Click on the left-hand Live View tool bar to reveal the menu and select the relevant tools from the drop-down list under Add Tool.

Live View interface part 2.

Live View interface: Part 3

(See Hand Cursor Tool, Zoom Cursor Tool and White Balance Cursor Tool icons circled from left to right).

Hand Cursor Tool: This tool functions as a standard hand cursor tool. Zoom to 100% by double clicking and move the crop if desired.
Zoom Cursor Tool: This tool functions as a standard zoom cursor tool. Zoom in by clicking on a specific part of an image. Press alt and click on an image to zoom out.
White Balance Cursor Tool: When White Balance appears incorrect, it is possible to set a new White Balance with this tool by clicking on a gray area in the Live View window. This new White Balance setting only applies to the Live View window
Focus Meter Tool: Initiate the Focus Meter tool using this icon. Note, the tool is not shown in the Toolbar by default.
Pause Live Preview: Adjust focus while viewing the focus window. When the focus has been suitably adjusted, press the pause button.

See Hand Cursor Tool, Zoom Cursor Tool and White Balance Cursor Tool and the new Focus Meter Tool icons circled from left to right

Live View: Digital back support

The following Phase One digital backs support Live View out-of–the-box: P 20+, P 21+, P 25+, P 30+, P 45+, P 40+, P 65+, IQ140, IQ160, IQ180, IQ250, IQ260 and IQ280. The Live View functionality can be purchased for the following Digital Backs as a hardware upgrade: P 21, P 30 and P 45. Live View may provide limited options for LEAF or MAMIYA Digital Backs.

Live View: Camera support

Camera body support
The following camera bodies support Live View functionality: Phase One 645DF/DF+, Phase One 645 AF, Hasselblad H series, Hasselblad V series, Mamiya 645AFD and 645AFD II, Mamiya RZ67 Pro II and Pro IID and Contax 645. Focus adjustment in the Live View Controls Tool is not supported by the Phase One DF/DF+ models.

Technical cameras (4x5): Arca Swiss, Cambo 4x5, Rollei Xact, Linhof M679/4x5, Toyo, Sinar, Plaubel and Horseman

Wide angle: Horseman SWD, Cambo Wide DS and a range of adapters with 35 mm support  

DSLR: Live View is compatible with a range of Nikon and Canon cameras.

Shutter Settings
Technical and wide angle cameras: Use the camera on Full Open or in Stopped Down mode (with the shutter set on the preferred f-stop).

Medium format cameras: Open shutter and keep it in B or T mode depending on choice of camera system.

  • Hasselblad H: T-mode
  • Hasselblad V: B-mode 
  • Phase One/Mamiya 645: B-mode 
  • Mamiya RZ67 Pro II and Pro IID: T-mode 
  • Contax 645: B-mode