Hot of the heels of Capture One 9.1 comes Capture One (you guessed it) 9.2. The main theme of this release is to offer more ways to view and select, increase flexibility, with shortcuts and add a couple of other new features too. There are lots of features to really help you work smarter and not harder in 9.2.
Let’s take a look at the feature list, one by one.
Select and Deselect Primary Variant
Select and Deselect Primary Variant is a new menu item, useful for returning to a single selected image in the Viewer or removing the Primary from a selection. For example, if I have a few images selected, like so…
… and I want to select the Primary only, simply choose the new command.
This returns the selection to the Primary only…
For a shortcut, you can also Shift-Click the Primary Variant to deselect the others. I like this as if you view a Set of images (more on those below!), it’s so quick to return to the ‘hero’ of that set with this new feature.
Selecting and Moving through ‘Sets’
‘Sets’ is a new feature that provides a unique and powerful way to move through sets of images for comparison and rating purposes.
Selecting two or more images then classes them as a ‘Set’. So by using the new Select Next or Previous Set command, the following or preceding images are then selected.
Note that we have already predefined a Short cut key, Option/Alt + Arrow, so you can move through sets quickly. Once in a set, you can use CMD/CTRL+ Arrow to change the Primary Variant.
Therefore, think of this workflow…
1. Define a set (This should be two or more images, depending on how many you want to review at a time)
2. Move through the set adding ratings or color tags with shortcuts. (NOTE – turn off Edit all selected Variants so that images in the set can be rated individually)
3. Move to the next set!
For collaborative work, this saves a huge amount of time, as the next Set is automatically selected. There was really no shortcut way of doing this before the 9.2 upgrade. You would manually have to select the next group of images. In a large collection, this will be a massive time saver and make the selection process easier for you and your clients on set.
Simple but useful! If you are working in a Catalog or Session with multiple collections, a new menu item means you can move through them, even without the Library tool open. A default shortcut exists too.
This will surely save time when moving through albums or favorites, as you won’t have to return to the Library tool to start working on the next Collection. A whole culling process could be done without taking your hands off the keyboard!
Select by Same Variant Position
If you have a collection with a number of image clones, you can now choose to select by that same Variant position. It’s also been added to the Select By Same… dialog which was added in Capture One 9.1.
If you hadn’t spotted the Select By Same feature in version 9.1, it’s a fantastic menu for quickly making group selections based on Rating, Color Tags, Sequence ID’s and now Variant Position.
Select from Filename List
One of the most useful new features in Capture One 9.2 is the ability to select images based on a simple list. This will help enormously when receiving select lists from clients and no longer having to pick your way through large collections.
You will find it in a new Menu item that was added in Capture One 9.1 – Select By.
The Filename List… dialog gives you a few options on adding the list…
The simplest way is to copy / paste the list from your client in the window and choose how the filenames are separated from the Delimiter drop down menu.
In this case, each file name starts on a New line.
In case you have sent JPEGs to the client and you are browsing RAW files, a handy tip is to check the Ignore File Extension box, then only the filename is taken into account.
This feature is probably the biggest time saver in Capture One 9.2. Yes, there were a few work-arounds before, but nothing as simple and fluid as a copy/paste procedure to instantly pick out those selects and start processing out! This ties in very nicely with the next feature Create Album from Selection.
Any selection can be instantly turned into an Album. Simply select any images, or of course those generated from the Filename list, and choose Create Albums From, by right-clicking on any image.
A new album with all your selects is instantly created. Easy!
Everything we have seen so far is also available in the Keyboard Shortcuts editor and it’s worth spending some time to really optimize this. So if you feel, like me, that the new features in version 9.2 are going to save you a bunch of time, be sure to add them as a shortcut.
Additionally, the cursor shortcuts (e.g. c to enter the crop tool, are also now editable). Previously, they were locked to a factory default and if you were used to something else, it was frustrating to learn a new shortcut. Now you don’t have to, simply change it to your preferred.
Aside from new shortcuts and easier workflows, we have also added a couple of other things.
The popular new feature Create Masked Layer from Color Selection can now be done on a batch of images.
Create color selections on a group of images, then choose Create Masked Layer from Selection on one of those images. The mask creation will then be done as a batch
I find this incredibly useful for a shoot (such as a still life) where the product is shot over a number of different angles but needs the same corrections. If those corrections involve a mask by color selection, preparing them as a batch saves that valuable production time.
Better TIF File Color Consistency
TIF file handling has been steadily improving in Capture One and now in Capture One 9.2 the colour handling has been improved so that the TIF file matches the RAW file if both are displayed in Capture One.
Round Trip to Helicon Focus
And finally, our customers focus stacking with the Phase One XF camera will be able to round trip to Helicon Focus, seeing the result returned to Capture One automatically.
So there we have it! A host of new features in Capture One 9.2 that are going to accelerate your workflow once again. If you want a quick visual run down of the features and where to find them, watch our “What’s new in Capture One Pro 9.2 video”:
Don’t forget, if you have Capture One 9.x, this is a free upgrade. If you are on version 7 or 8, it’s available at a special discount. Get your upgrade here: Download free 30-day trial
Enjoy your new features!