New features in V9

Highlights, Capture One 9.0

This is a major release of Capture One adding a number of features and improvements, focused on improving the workflow of professional photographers.

Application performance has been greatly improved. The user interface has been modernized and improved for greater usability. The new image-processing engine adds several new under-the-hood improvements to your images, while giving your even better control of your adjustments. The world’s best image quality just got better.

This release adds new features, image quality improvements, new tethered functionality, more creative tools, better digital asset management, an updated user interface, performance optimization and support for additional cameras.

Industry leading detail, color and image rendering

•    NEW Processing Engine
•    NEW Adjustment tools
•    Outstanding RAW Converter and Asset Manager
•    Market leading Tethered Capture and Instant Review
•    Customizable, timesaving workflow
•    MAC and PC cross-platform
•    Support for more than 400 cameras
The exceptional power of the new processing engine and flexibility of Capture One Pro 9 gives you complete control over your creative process – Whatever your passion.

Color Balance
Make intuitive color grading effortlessly simple with the Color Balance Tool. Choose Hue and Luminosity for Shadows, Mid Tones and Highlights in turn.

Dynamic Locations
Automate the destination of images in your Import and Export workflows. Use 'tokens' to easily extract image metadata and create multiple export threads.

Keywords and Keywords Libraries
Create multiple keyword libraries to manage different lists with ease. Add and remove keywords from multiple images with simple clicks.

OpenCL Display
Leverage the dedicated graphics capabilities of your system to accelerate Browsing, Zooming and Processing.

NEW Processing Engine
Make your vision reality with optimized Rescaling, Contrast, Exposure and Brightness Tools, and Local Curves.

Instant Tethered Capture
Connect your compatible Canon, Nikon, Sony, Leaf or Phase One camera to capture images instantly. Show Live View directly in Capture One to simplify composition and aid accurate focusing. Seamlessly collaborate with your clients with Capture Pilot for iOS and Web.

Heighten Contrast and Impact – with total precision – without destroying shadow and highlight details.

Color Management
Beautiful color starts with hand crafted profiles for each camera. Capture One supports dynamic proofing and both RGB and CMYK workflows.

New Contrast and Brightness Algorithm
Give your photographs a more natural look using the powerful new processing capabilities.

Lens Corrections
Correct distortion, chromatic abberation and light fall off from Capture One's extensive library of lens profiles or  instantly from the manufacturers profile.

Luma Curve
Adjust curves with Luma only. Fine tune contrast leaving Hue and Saturation unaffected.

Enhanced rescaling
Retain the same quality and sharpness, regardless of the output size of your images.

Color Editor
Define the exact color tones you wish to adjust and the optimal way to do it. Go further and use these with a Local Adjustment Mask.

Dodge & Burn
Use Opacity, Flow and the new Airbrush mode to create versatile masks for localized adjustments – all while using complete RAW data.

Focus Mask
Determine the images that are in focus with the Focus Mask effortlessly quickly. Remove the need to check images individually with the focus peaking-like Tool.

Reduce or eliminate distortion in one click with the Keystone Tool. Define the area of concern and Capture One Pro 9 will correct it perfectly – with no guesswork required.

Local Curves
Apply the precise curve you want with a Local Adjustment Mask. Target the exact areas of your image that require the adjustment and leave out others that don't - with total confidence.

Create Masks From Color values
Transform color selections picked in the Color Editor into a Local Adjustment Mask with just one click. Mask tricky areas or skin selections easier than ever before.


Included features from Capture One Pro 8

Image Quality Improvements

New Capture One 8 processing engine
Improved image quality of HDR (High Dynamic Range) tool
Improved image quality of local moiré suppression
Improved image quality of luminance noise reduction
Improved Black and White noise suppression and conversion quality
Natural Clarity method

Tethered Functionality

Live View Focus Meter for Phase One IQ and Mamiya Leaf Digital Backs
Live View Direct Capture
Live View Depth of Field preview
Live View Force Orientation
Customizable Live View window
Hot Folder for Catalogs
Tethered support for select Sony cameras

Creative Tools

  • Repair Layers for Cloning and Healing
  • Film Grain
  • Local White Balance
  • Local HDR
  • Local Noise Reduction
  • Local Purple Fringing
  • Target colors and other Curve tool improvements
  • Improved Skin Tone Editor

Digital Asset Management

  • Hierarchical Keywords
  • Synchronization of Catalog folders
  • Differentiated Import between Catalogs and Sessions
  • Export Collection as Catalog
  • Import Catalogs
  • Session and Catalog Templates
  • Refined Metadata editing
  • Metadata editing in the Filters tool
  • Import from Apple Aperture (Mac only)


  • Faster loading of catalogs
  • Faster thumbnail browsing and smoother scrolling
  • Faster importing
  • Faster processing
  • Faster preview generation for Canon and Nikon files
  • Faster tethered shooting
  • Scalable OpenCL support (utilization of all available GPUs)

Included features from Capture One Pro 7

Capture One Pro 7 - The Professional Choice in Imaging Software

Capture One Pro 7 is the world’s best raw converter, rendering precise colors and incredible detail with support for leading high-end cameras. It contains flexible, digital asset management, all the essential adjustment tools and fast, responsive performance in one customizable and integrated solution.

Comprehensive Digital Asset Management NEW

Capture One Pro 7 offers support for selecting and organizing your images using catalogs, which gives you comprehensive digital asset management and powerful virtual organization. Should you prefer to work instead with sessions, as in previous versions of Capture One Pro, we support your photography workflow with even stronger sessions organization tools than before.

Fast and easy Filtering NEW

By organising your images with Capture One Pro 7's new Catalog facility you can easily filter your images across multiple catalogs seamlessly and quickly, enabling you to find a particular image or set of images in seconds, whether they are stored locally or offline.

Offline Image Editing NEW

By organising your images into Catalogs you can even apply adjustments to your images when they are stored offline - a unique feature of Capture One Pro 7.

A New Processing Engine NEW

Based on an entirely new and groundbreaking image-processing engine: The Bayer Interpolation Method, the world’s most advanced image processing engine will allow you to achieve vastly superior image quality with excellent color and fine detail from a camera’s RAW files. Among others, this breakthrough results in improved noise reduction, improved HDR and improved clarity. It can also give you the power and control to fine-tune images the way you desire.

Advanced Noise Reduction NEW

By default color noise and luminance noise will be removed from any image no matter what ISO it has been shot at.  As removing noise is always a compromise between removing noise and keeping as mush valuable information in the image as possible you will have full control of how to set this compromise to fit your preferred taste.

Export Function NEW

A new Export Function lets you quickly and easily export an image to any supported file format without the need to use the Process Tool.

New File Formats NEW

There are new output formats in Capture One Pro 7: JPEG200, JPEG XR, PNG, PSD. (Please Note: A PSD file will not include any layers).

Workflow Accelerators ENHANCED

Get your work done fast with high performance RAW, JPEG and TIFF image file editing and processing through cross-platform 64-bit support, which takes full advantage of the advanced memory handling capabilities of the latest Mac and Windows operating systems - faster performance, which does not compromise image quality.

Faster Processing with OpenCL ENHANCED

Tap into the vast computing power in your graphics processor and CPU and use it to accelerate your editing tasks. The new OpenCL support will let you experience incredible interactive editing speed.

Live Preview ENHANCED

Live View is now supported for selected DSLR cameras from Canon and Nikon as well as a wide range of digital backs from Phase One and Mamiya Leaf. Speed up image composition, lighting, and focusing with Live Preview. Makes it possible for the photographer, art director, client, and others to easily view an image on a computer screen at the same time, in real-time. Especially useful with technical cameras. Live Preview is now available for both Mac and Windows and comes with improved performance.

Local Adjustments ENHANCED

  • Edit selected areas of images non-destructively.
  • Easily mask an area of the image with an editable brush.
  • New Auto Mask facility.
  • New Gradient Mask.
  • New brush icon shows whole area adjusted, including fall-off.
  • Organise selective adjustments in layers.

Clarity Tool ENHANCED

The new improved Clarity tool gives users a choice of controls: 'Punch' or 'Neutral'. In principle, using a positive value with the Neutral Clarity slider preserves color, increases contrast and reduces haze. A positive value from the Punch Clarity slider increases contrast, reduces haze and boosts color saturation, which gives an image more ‘Punch’.

Capture Pilot™ ENHANCED

Capture Pilot™ is an iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch application that lets you wirelessly view, zoom in on, and pan high resolution RAW, JPEG and TIFF images from leading DSLR and medium format camera systems. Capture Pilot is now web enabled, allowing access to Capture Pilot via any web browser enabled device without the need to have a smartphone or tablet.

Camera Support ENHANCED

Capture One Pro 7 supports more than 200 different raw file formats from a broad range of camera manufacturers including Nikon, Canon, Sony, Leica, Panasonic and Olympus to mention but a few.

Included features from Capture One Pro 6

Keystone Correction

Reduce or eliminate perspective distortion while maintaining dimension integrity.

Loupe Tool

The Loupe Tool is a powerful magnifier to zoom into a section of an image from 25 to 200 percent.

Movie Support

Capture One Pro 7 includes support for importing, viewing and handling movies.

Black and White Conversion

Precisely adjust colour channels to create split-toning effects when converting to black and white.

Print options

Capture One Pro 7 allows you to print directly from within Capture One with full ICC-based color management.

Add Presets, Styles and Metadata on Import

Capture One Pro 7 allows the photographer to add a Style or several Styles to an image directly as it is imported from a card or when shooting tethered into the application. This can include specific looks created for the shoot and can include metadata and keywords.

Metadata Support

Enhanced metadata support including XMP sync, Auto Load and a GPS link to Google Maps™. 

Focus Mask

Accelerate your image selection by using the Focus Mask for fast verification of image sharpness and focus. The Focus Mask is applied both to the image(s) in the viewer and to the thumbnails in the image browser. The Focus Mask is perfectly suited for portrait, wedding and fashion shoots.

Skin Tone Enhancer

Achieve perfect, smooth and soft appearing skin tones with the Skin Tone Enhancer.


Enhance image rights protection and watermark your images. You are able to add a watermark with your logo or other information to every photo you output.

Local Copy and Apply

Easily copy and apply individual image tool adjustments to other images and save time. Completely integrated with the Adjustments Clipboard for a seamless experience and improved efficiency.

RGB Levels and Curves

RGB Levels and Curves provide a tool, which enables you to adjust individual color channels easily and to be creative with colors.

Inverted Color Editor Selection

The new Inverted Color Editor Selection is perfect to create an image which is almost monochromatic but emphasizes one or more colors.

Focus Tool

Get an instant, true view of image sharpness with the Focus tool. Use it as part of your fixed tool tab or drag it out as a floating tool.

Creative Vignetting Tool

Add vignettes to the edges of your images for artistic effect (follows crop).

LCC based Light Falloff

With LCC based Light Falloff you are able to even out color and intensity differences in the light and compensate for lens fall off.

Viewer Margin

Improve evaluation of image composition and colors by setting a viewer margin (and proof margin).

Spot Removal

One-click spot and dust spot removal. The new Spot Removal type is the fastest and most efficient way to remove imperfections in images. Dust spot removal allows you to select a group of images and remove dust spots from all images with just one click.

Color Editor

Adjust colors in a smooth way with the Color Editor – and keep changes all natural with Smart Saturation. You have the opportunity to adjust colors either in larger areas using the basic tool, or select a narrow color space in the Advanced Color Editor tool. The Color Editor can also be used to tweak ICC color profiles.

Workspaces and Tool Tabs

Customize your Workspace, Tools and Tool Tabs to make your personal workflow more efficient. Included in Capture One is a selection of best practice default workspaces.

Metadata Editing
In Capture One, metadata refers to data that describes your image and how it was taken. The metadata tool adds multiline fields, GPS information, control of what metadata are included in processed files and a new preference which determines how to handle conflicting metadata during load.

Tethered Capture

Capture One PRO lets you shoot tethered with your Phase One digital back, selected Leaf and Mamiya digital backs, and with Canon or Nikon DSLRs, which means that you are capturing images directly into your computer without any interim storage. The latest version adds tethered support for a wide range of Leaf cameras as well as the latest Canon and Nikon DSLRs.


Support for multiple monitors enables you to configure your workspace to manage image workflow and presentation more efficiently. The new Preview Image Size Preference allows a better and faster workflow when using large screens.

Web Contact Sheet

Share your images easily. With the Web Contact Sheet you are able to generate all the thumbnails, full sized previews and HTML code required for the finished contact sheet. All the elements are stored on the desktop in a single folder for uploading to a website or sending to clients. The Web Contact Sheet now supports larger image sizes.


Enhanced Image Package is a convenient way of packing your master file for smooth cooperation with your customers. When the .EIP file is opened by Capture One on your client's computer, the image file will be seen exactly as you created it. The original untouched RAW file will be packed with your setting file and LCC profile. You also have the option to include ICC camera profiles in the .EIP package. EIP support now includes all RAW file types that are supported by Capture One. This includes DSLR and Leaf image files.

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