Making the switch to Capture One from Lightroom is easier and quicker than you think. There’s this perception that given the two pieces of software are from different companies, moving your Lightroom catalogs to Capture One is some arduous and protracted process, that you’ll have to start from scratch with all your images, re-edit, re-rate, and create whole new folder structures. But that perception is not reality.
Like so many other things in life, it only seems a mystery until you see it done, and this post is going to show that to you.
As a bonus, we’ll look at a one-click setting that will make the Capture One interface more familiar and similar in appearance to Lightroom if that is something that you’d like, as the flexibility and customizability of Capture One allows for it.
If you don’t have Capture One, this is the perfect time to try it, and you can click here for a 30-day full trial of Capture One Pro so you can follow along.
Also, if you haven't seen it yet, check out The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Capture One.
What we’ll be doing is taking a Lightroom catalog with some edited, color-labeled, and rated images and importing that catalog into Capture One with edits, labels, and ratings intact.
In addition, do note that this process will not have any impact on your Lightroom Catalog, which you can continue to use as-was with Lightroom, and your image files can remain in the same place also.
How to Import a Lightroom Catalog Into Capture One
Open Capture One and go to File > New Catalog.
Once you’ve made a new catalog, you’ll need to import the .LRCAT Lightroom file. To do this, simply follow: File > Import Catalog > Lightroom Catalog.
Upon doing so, you’ll be presented with a dialog box that tells you what properties from your Lightroom catalog will be transferred to C1 and which ones won’t. But you’ll see that things like collections, rotation, orientation, white balance, exposure, saturation, contrast, and even crop are carried over.
*It should be understood that not everything will be carried over, and you’ll see that primarily with color adjustment.
Find the Lightroom catalog you want to migrate into Capture One and open it.
As you will see in the catalog you use – and as you can see above – the color labels, star ratings, and crops in images like the one here have been carried over from Lightroom into Capture One seamlessly.
If you arrive at this point and you feel that while you’re getting to know Capture One better, you would like to have it look a bit more familiar, you can go to Window > Workspace > Migration, and Capture One will rearrange the workspace to look more like what you’re used to in Lightroom.
Of course, you can always change it to look however you like.
Hopefully, this has highlighted just how easy and fast it is to move your Lightroom Catalogs to Capture One so you can hit the ground running.
We will be covering more about Capture One migration from Lightroom in the coming articles, teaching you all the ins and outs and Capture One tips, so do check back often.