It’s become a tradition for Phase One to announce a major new version of Capture One during the last quarter of the year. 2016 is no exception, and the tenth edition of the professional image editing software was just released today. The already fast and very complete application is now even better thanks to a couple of new tools and enhancements.
The focus for the Capture One Pro 10 development was the user experience, making it faster, better, and easier than ever. To achieve that goal, Phase One engineers have rewritten some of the major features of the software. Panning, zooming, and switching between images no matter the zoom, has become not just faster, but instantaneous. The default workspace was also redesigned to offer a more intuitive experience and adjust the photographer’s workflow to the new tools this major release has to offer.
Speaking of new features, the most noticeable one is the three step sharpening process that allows for the best image quality possible and remove any guesswork from the workflow. The steps consist of:
- The correction of sharpness loss due to diffraction.
- Creative sharpening on either the whole picture or locally.
- Output sharpening which can be easily adjusted depending on the final support (web or print), scale, and viewing distance.
The correction of diffraction is incredibly easy to achieve with the press of one simple button. Creative sharpness is what you have always known in Capture One as the Sharpening tool, but it features a new blending algorithm and offers a Halo Suppression slider as well. Finally, the Output Sharpening option is found when exporting files and is extremely interesting as it can be adjusted depending on what you intend to do with the image.
Phase One also improved the On-Screen Proofing, complementing the three step sharpening tool. Not only can you proof your colors by choosing an ICC profile like it was already possible before, but now you can also see exactly what the file will look like on the final media with the output recipe you wish to use. Meaning, if you want to export for the web in JPEG at 900 pixels on the long edge and add a ton of sharpening while compressing the file quite a bit, by using the On-Screen Proofing, you’ll see any possible over-sharpening, JPEG artifacts, or color issues.
Still life photographers will be happy to learn that the tethered module now includes a focusing tool. It will basically let them adjust the camera focus without physically touching the camera. No risk of changing the framing, no need for any accessory or anything like that. Plug your camera, and adjust the focus finely from within Capture One.
Another great news is the improved support of sRAW and mRAW files produced by Nikon and Canon cameras, including auto-masking. That latter feature is now also available for files produced by Xtrans sensors. This essentially means Fuji users will finally be able to play with every single fantastic feature Capture One has to offer, including auto-masking.
The last feature that I think is most noticeable and worth talking about is the support of Tangent panels. If you are not a video editor or a nerd, you may not know about Tangent. They manufacture panels specifically designed for the creatives. No need to try and find a solution to make your BCR2000 work with Capture One like all those plugins do for Lightroom; You now have a working, professional, and fully integrated solution.
For people interested, here is the full list of the new and enhanced features:
- Three-phase sharpening tools
- Output proofing
- New default and intuitive workspace
- Camera focus tool module for tethered cameras
- Tangent panel: full integration
- New filter option: search by orientation of images
- Optimization of JPEG output for size/quality
- Move folders in catalogs
- Auto masking extended to any editable file type (including Xtrans)
- Improved compressed raw and Fuji support
- Hardware acceleration – OpenCL is now enabled by default
- Stripe reduction LCC for 100MP
- Optimized LCC creation
- Computer ID in license for activation management
- Apple script – new properties (Mac only)
- New camera support for the Olympus E-M1 ll, Sony RX100 V, Sony a6500 and Sony a99 II.
- New lens profile for the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS, Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G, and Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS
Capture One Pro 10 is available for both Mac and Windows. A free 30-day trial can be downloaded here, and the full version can be bought on Phase One’s website. Users who bought a Capture One Pro 9 license after November 1, 2016 are entitled to a free upgrade. Other owners of a Capture One Pro 8 or 9 license can upgrade for just $99 USD. New customers can buy a full license for $299 US. Finally, users with a subscription ($15 USD per month) can download the new release free of charge. For more information regarding this release, head over to Capture One Pro 10 website.
I have had the chance to play with the beta versions of Capture One Pro 10 since the end of October and honestly, the speed increase is astonishing. Capture One used to be faster than Lightroom for displaying large files, but they seem to play in totally different leagues now. The new features are also welcome additions and fantastic time savers. I didn’t want to write a full guide on the new features before I could put my hands on the final version, but now that I have, it won’t be long before I share with you a few tricks to make the best out of Capture One Pro 10. A guide to help you migrate from Lightroom is also in the work, so be sure to stay tuned for more!