Remote Browsing with the Capture Pilot App

The Capture Pilot app, available from the Apple App Store, lets you present, rate and capture photos on an iPad, iPhone and iPod touch directly from Capture One Pro.

About Capture Pilot

The Capture Pilot tool enables you and your clients to wirelessly view images directly from Capture One using either the Capture Pilot app for Apple iOS devices, or any internet-enabled device with a web browser.

Not only does this allow other members of the assembled team or crew to separately browse, zoom and rate and even adjust the white balance of the images on their hand-held device as they’re captured, but you can also share these image previews with anyone with an email address and web-browser on any device. They can even rate and color tag the images, giving you their approval from their phone or laptop, located anywhere in the world.

When using the Capture Pilot iOS app with the Camera Control feature, you can also wirelessly adjust and trigger a Phase One XF or 645 DF+ camera and IQ3/2 digital back when it’s tethered to a computer running Capture One Pro. All the important capture settings such as aperture value, shutter speed, ISO, metering mode and file formats are displayed and controlled from an easy to use panel in the app.

Camera models from Canon, Nikon and Sony are also compatible with Camera Control, however, with third-party makers this feature is an in-app purchase.

The Capture Pilot app itself is available free of charge from the Apple App store. Please log in to your iTunes account and download it on your chosen device, where it will be installed automatically.

Connect your iOS device to Capture One

The following description assumes that the computer running Capture One Pro is connected (either wired or wirelessly) to a Wi-Fi network, and that the iOS device is also connected to that same Wi-Fi network.

  1. Navigate to the Capture Pilot tool at the bottom of the Capture Tool Tab in Capture One Pro.
  2. Select the Basic tab and add a name in the Server Name text field, or leave to the default document name.
  3. From the Folder fly-out menu, select the folder of images you would like to share with anyone in Wi-Fi range running the Capture Pilot app on an iOS device.
  4. In the Password text field, add a password when you want to restrict access.
  5. From the Publish To fly-out, select Mobile or Mobile and Web. (When selecting Mobile and Web, decide whether you want to provide access to others using a computer or smart device with a browser. See Connect a web browser to Capture One for more details).
  6. Click on Start Image Server.
  7. Now open the Capture Pilot app on your iOS device.
  8. Select your chosen server name from the Server List. If a password was set in step 4, you will be prompted for it.
  9. Images will now be displayed on your iOS device.

The Capture Pilot app on your iOS device can connect to multiple Capture One Pro servers if these are within WI-FI range

Video tutorial: Setting up Capture Pilot

This video will demonstrate how you setup Capture Pilot by creating a computer to computer network with a MacBook and an iPad.

Alternative connection (Mac)

When you want to view images on your iOS device but don’t have access to the Wi-Fi network that the Mac running Capture One Pro uses to serve the images from, you can use what’s called internet sharing instead. This could be useful, for example, if you’re a client visiting a studio and don’t have the SSID or Password of the Wi-Fi network there. Some preconditions to this alternative connection must first be met, however. The Mac serving the images from Capture One Pro must access the Wi-Fi network using ethernet, and must also have built-in Wi-Fi for it to share a connection with the iOS device (or computer or smart device using the web-browser function).

  1. On your Mac, go to Systems Preferences > Sharing, and highlight the Internet Sharing option (but don’t enable with a check-mark yet).
  2. Go to Share your connection from: select Ethernet from the drop down menu. 
  3. In the To computers using: panel, enable Wi-Fi with a check mark. 
  4. When you want to secure the network, click on the Wi-Fi Options button (below the panel). A Configure an internet-sharing network dialog opens.
  5. From Security, select WPA2 Personal and add a password, verify and select OK, or Cancel to dismiss the dialog and start over.  
  6. Now enable the Internet Sharing option from step 1 and press Start. (Note Wi-Fi must be turned on.)
  7. On your iOS device, click on the Settings icon and select Wi-Fi.
  8. Choose the applicable Network (SSID), and type in the Password from step 4, if one was set.
  9. Open the Capture Pilot app on your iOS device, and wait for the Local Servers list to populate.
  10. From the Local Servers list, click on the Server Name to connect to the session served by Capture One Pro. 

If you do not have a wireless network available, or you are on location, it is possible to setup a connection without an access point by using Internet Sharing.

Creating a computer to iOS network (Mac)

If you want to share the session without using an existing local area network, you can set up a temporary Wi-Fi connection between your Mac running Capture One Pro and an iOS device. This is sometimes referred to as an ad hoc connection. You can use this solution when you’re on location and there’s no network available, for example. The following description presumes that Wi-Fi is turned on already and the status icon is displayed in the menu bar.

  1. On your Mac, go to the menu bar, click on the Wi-Fi status icon and select Create Network… from the menu.
  2. Enter a meaningful name, and choose a channel for the network in the appropriate fields.
  3. From your iOS device, click on the Settings (icon), select Wi-Fi and under Devices select the Network Name from step 2.
  4. Open the Capture Pilot app on your iOS device and from the Local Servers list, click on the Server Name to connect to the session served by Capture One Pro.
  5. When finished, click on the Wi-Fi status icon and select Disconnect [from Network Name].

Browse images in a folder on your iOS device

  1. The thumbnail size can be altered by selecting from the S, M and L options, in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap any thumbnail to view a full screen image.
  3. Zoom in and out of the image by pinching the screen and navigate around to inspect close-up detail up to 200%.
  4. Touch-scroll to the next image.
  5. Click the Back arrow icon in the top left corner to return to the previous view (e.g., Thumbnail view or Server list).

Browse images using the controls (iOS device)

  1. Click the forward arrow to inspect next image or backward to inspect previous image.
  2. To pause the current image on screen when shooting tethered, press the pause icon (when enabled, the icon is orange-colored). To view images on the screen as they are being captured, press the pause icon again (icon turns white, when disabled).
  3. Images that are edited in Capture One Pro will automatically display any amendments in Capture Pilot. (For example, an image that has been converted to Black and White in Capture One Pro will also be displayed as Black and White in the Capture Pilot iOS app).

Add Color tag and Star ratings (iOS device)

  1. Go to Capture One Pro and select the Capture Tool Tab
  2. From the Capture Pilot tool, select the Mobile tab.
  3. Check-mark or deselect the Rate images and/or Color tag images option boxes to activate or disable this function.
  4. Press the Star icon in the bottom toolbar of the Capture Pilot display on an iOS device. A window will appear on the screen where color and star ratings can be applied.

Displaying a histogram

You can superimpose a useful exposure histogram for individual images. It details the ISO aperture and shutter speeds used during capture. You can move it around the screen if it gets in the way, and by tapping on it, you'll be presented with additional EXIF camera data.
  1. Click on an image in the browser to display the image in the viewer.
  2. Press the Histogram icon in the foot-bar at the bottom of the screen. The histogram will be displayed over the image.
  3. Click and drag into a new position, if it obscures some part of the image.
  4. Tap on the histogram to reveal a panel with additional information such as the camera and lens model, file format and in-camera white balance setting used.