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Capture One has introduced the next update for the image editing program Capture One. All Capture One 21 new features can be found on the Capture One website.

Most important new feature for Leica users: 
Capture One 21 Pro now supports tethered shooting with Leica S3 and Leica SL2!

More good news for Leica customers

  • On December 10th, another  update will support Leica S (Typ 007) and Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • Live View support for Leica cameras will be added in 2021.
  • Leica S (Typ 007) will have preliminary Generic DNG profile support - full Capture One native support will be added in 2021.

» All Capture One 21 new features

Leica Camera Press Release:

A cooperation between Leica Camera AG and Capture One:

The premium photo editing software Capture One 21 Pro now enables tethered shooting with the Leica S3 and the Leica SL2

Wetzlar, 8th December 2020. Leica Camera AG has entered into a cooperation with Capture One. As a result, the Danish image processing specialist’s new software, Capture One 21 Pro, now supports the Leica S3 and the Leica SL2. This allows photographers to tether their camera to a computer by cable. The advantage of shooting tethered is that images can be imported straight into the software and the camera can be operated via the computer – giving owners of the Leica S3 or SL2 access to the high-performance editing workflow of Capture One 21 Pro.

The collaboration between Leica Camera AG and Capture One has resulted in profiles that are precisely calibrated to each camera. This ensures optimal image quality, enabling Capture One Pro 21 to utilise the respective Leica camera’s full potential. The software offers advantages such as a powerful Colour Editor tool, as well as a straightforward user interface that can easily be adapted to the photographer’s requirements. The new version of Capture One 21 Pro includes improved import options, simple Brush tool settings, as well as the new Pro Standard colour profiles, which prevent colour shifts when making changes to the contrast.

On December 10th, Capture One will release an update to support the Leica S (Typ 007) and SL (Typ 601). Live View support for Leica cameras will be added in 2021. Leica S (Typ 007) will have preliminary Generic DNG profile support - full Capture One native support will be added in 2021.

Capture One Press Release:

Capture One Launches Capture One 21

COPENHAGEN, Dec 8th, 2020: Capture One, the premier name in photo editing software, celebrates the release of the newest version, Capture One 21.

Linking our heritage to our future, this new version of Capture One reimagines the relationship between form and function to create a seamless bond between creator and creation. Combining its best-loved elements like personalized Workspaces and powerful Color Editor with new and exciting features like Speed Edit for immersive editing and Dehaze, to improve atmospheric conditions, Capture One 21 brings a new type of user experience; one that helps creators push the boundaries of their creativity by removing distraction and making it easy to exploit one’s creative potential.

Carrying on the tradition of development driven by user feedback, Capture One 21 is rooted in developing solutions to current challenges and anticipating tomorrow’s needs. With new ProStandard Color Profiles Capture One 21 introduces color technology that preserves authentic colors to overcome the challenge of unwanted hue changes when applying adjustments, and new HEIC support means Capture One is ready to work with cameras of today and tomorrow. It is also now easier than ever to learn Capture One with enhanced tooltips and easy access to tutorials right from within the software. Complimenting this suite of new features are improvements to current ones, bringing faster asset management and an improved importer to make organization effortless and quick.

Furthering its commitment to providing unparalleled raw processing and tethering with more than 500 different camera models, Capture One is delighted to launch a new collaboration with Leica Camera AG to bring industry leading tethering support to a growing catalog of Leica cameras, starting off with the Leica SL2 and Leica S3.

"Capture One 21 bridges our heritage to the future, carrying forward the achievements of our team and the creative community we are inspired by,” says Jan Hyldebrandt-Larsen, VP Product Management, CPO at Capture One. “We understand that art and tastes don’t stop evolving, so we provide performance that won’t stop advancing. We are very excited about Capture One 21 and look forward to seeing what photographers create with it, and to embrace new generations of creatives.”

New features and tools in Capture One 21

Speed Edit

Revolutionize how fast you edit photos. Speed Edit lets you work seamlessly without touching a slider on the interface – simply hold down selected hotkeys and scroll, drag or use the arrow keys to make rapid edits. You can even adjust multiple photos at once for the fastest ever batch edit.

Dehaze

Eliminate haze and the most undesirable atmospheric weather conditions with the ease of moving one slider. The groundbreaking new Dehaze tool uses deep analytic algorithms to assess and automatically adjust contrast, saturation and a matrix of other parameters to remove haze and reveal the image you want.

Faster Asset Management

Get seamless asset management. With increased power and speed, it’s now faster than ever to import, search and browse photos in Catalogs and Sessions.

Improved Importer

With better selection, high-resolution thumbnails, and faster importing, it’s smoother, easier, and quicker to select images directly in the importer – and cull the ones you don’t want. Plus, import images from different folders all at once.

Enhanced Tooltips

The onboarding experience and familiarization with Capture One is now smoothest it has ever been, thanks to the new enhanced tooltips. Navigate the Capture One interface with ease – simply hover over a tool for a quick explanation of how it works and links for more learning. Enable or disable them from Preferences as you like.

Learn

It’s never been easier to get started and master Capture One. Together with the enhanced tooltips, the new “Learn” button allows users to quickly access a curated selection of tutorials designed to help you learn step-by-step, right from within the software, and immediately put new skills into practice.

HEIC Support

With support for HEIC files (8-bit), you can now edit photos from your Apple devices and more in Capture One.

ProStandard Profiles

Stay true to real life with the most authentic colors yet, using the new color science/technology in the new ProStandard Profiles. These new camera profiles overcome the challenge of unwanted color shifts while making adjustments, protecting hues from changes caused by contrast. This is a true game changer for portrait and product photography – and any image that relies on authentic color.

Easy Brush Adjusting

It’s now possible to easily change the size, hardness, opacity, and flow of any brush by usingmodifier keys and a mouse / trackpad / pen, removing the need to right-click.

Capture One & Leica

Unlike other raw processors, Capture One’s camera profiles are uniquely developed for each specific camera model, a process that requires the use of the camera in and out of a controlled lab in Copenhagen, where a team of specialists engage each new model in various scenarios. They then evaluate all the performance parameters such as color, sharpness, and noise across hundreds of images and uses that data to deliver a truly tailored profile, which ultimately provides the best post-processing experience. Capture One 21 brings this level of support to a growing list of Leica cameras, and for the first time brings tethering capabilities to those models.

Read all about Capture One 21 at: www.captureone.com

New camera and lens support

Capture One provides users with the most accurate and powerful image editing available, and the wide-ranging support of cameras and lenses is a hallmark of the software. For enthusiasts and professionals alike, Capture One continually evolves to handle the newest cameras and lenses.

Capture One carefully evaluates and interprets each camera’s RAW formats, allowing Capture One to present images with the utmost fidelity, often bringing out nuances that other programs can’t even perceive.

Currently offering RAW support for more than 500 cameras, Capture One also provides profiling and image correction support for more than 500 lenses. As with the RAW file interpretation, Capture One carefully measures the optical characteristics of each supported lens and builds correction algorithms that compensate for the various optical imperfections of various designs. As a result, Capture One can correct for numerous common optical issues such as vignette, and chromatic aberration as needed for each of the supported lenses, providing you the best version of your image possible. And they are always adding support for the newest camera bodies and lenses.

Availability

Capture One 21 release date is December 8th, 2020.

Pricing

Capture One 21 is available as a perpetual license or subscription:

Capture One Pro 21:

  • Perpetual License: $299
  • Upgrades from select previous generations starting at $159
  • Subscription starting at $20 / month

Capture One 21 for Nikon, Capture One 21 (for Sony) and Capture One 21 for Fujifilm

  • Perpetual License: $129
  • Upgrades from select previous generations starting at $109
  • Subscription starting at $9.99/month

For a complete list of all products and licensing options, visit: www.captureone.com/store

For a 30-day fully featured free trial of Capture One 21, visit www.captureone.com/download

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It is wonderful that Leica and Phase one come together, this is a big step for many professionals that shoot tethered.

I wish they had addressed the connection issues when an SD card is in the camera.

You will have to take out the card and shoot right into the computer capture folder. You can alternately format SD card every time you connect.

Live view not supported!

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I've also loaded C1 v 21 and see the same results. with my SL2  Tethered connection (connect in PTP) allows transfer of files but LiveView not yet supported, and this works best with no chips in the camera so that the shots collect on your computer.  Live view and extension to other cameras are coming, but not here yet.  It will be a nice set of tools once it is all complete.

I am also familiar with Leica Fotos, and the much greater degree of control over the camera that this tethered setup (except for the still missing live view) provides is what Fotos should also be doing, to provide proper support of remote and tripod operation.

Anyway, this is real progress, and these things take time.

Try the Pro Profiles. Their superpower is to avoid color shift when pushing a file in contrast or with other "smart" controls.  I'm hoping to see one of these for the M10-R, which I am more likely to use in exotic light conditions.

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Just downloading my pre-purchased copy of 21. Finally de-haze has arrived after years of Phase One saying it was not needed. I was hoping that M10-R support might be present as well but sadly not yet it seems. On my Spyder X Pro profiled MBP screen, Leica SL2 standard or Q2 generic profiles look to be the best option pro-tem. M10 (non-R) comes out a bit over-saturated to my eyes. 

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Yes tethering works fine. The only issues I've had was when opening sessions previously made using CO20 that included S3 files. Of course, S3 was not supported under CO20 but the generic DNG profile worked fine as a starting point for subsequent edits, so I'd created sessions from several shoots and imported my S3 files in them, did the selects and initial edits. As with all sessions created under CO20, there is a dialog to "Upgrade" the session, when it is first being opened in CO21. Clicked that and.... previews remained blurry (mostly), strange profiles were added to some files (Leica S3 Neutral which is not even listed in the pull-down menu), strong orange or azure cast appeared on some images when I changed the profiles manually to the S3 Generic/ProStandard. Tried to regenerate previews but that did not seem to do anything. In the end, I created new sessions under different names and re-imported all photos - this forced CO21 to generate new previews and this fixed my issues (all previous edits including layers etc. were retained, as these I assume are stored within the DNG file itself).

No such issues with images from any other cameras, incl. SL2 (even though, for some reason, C021 assigned the Generic DNG profile to files that previously had the SL2 profile natively assigned under CO20 - but at least the previews were not blurry and changing the profiles back was not a big deal. I did not notice such issues with any of the Beta versions but I only tested tethering there under new sessions, and did not upgrade any previously created sessions.

Filed a report with CO support. Would be interested to hear if anybody else encountered the same problem.

Btw, colours from the S3 are (can be made) quite spectacular with the new profiles. 

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1 minute ago, FlashGordonPhotography said:

Does this mean that Adobe is out and Phase is in as far as co-operation with Leica goes? Or will Leica continue to provide assistance to Lightroom/Camera Raw as well?

Gordon

No idea but it is good that tethering is now working fine both under LR (since about a year ago when they finally fixed the plugin) and now also under CO21.

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I have upgraded C1 every year since 2016.  Don't plan to do so this year.

Has anyone had a chance to try CO21 with Leica SL (TYP601).  Yes I know there has been a built-in profile for the Leica SL for years, but am curious to see if it has been updated/ improved.

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2 hours ago, AZN said:

I have upgraded C1 every year since 2016.  Don't plan to do so this year.

Has anyone had a chance to try CO21 with Leica SL (TYP601).  Yes I know there has been a built-in profile for the Leica SL for years, but am curious to see if it has been updated/ improved.

I've used C1 with annual upgrades since 2005 or so (release 3).  I did some testing for them back then and was granted a 5 upgrades license that lasted until a few years ago.  Some of their first easier-to-use-than-Photoshop features came when they bought RawShooter, which I was using at the time.  I hope to get my hands on an SL2-S soon, while I still have an SL[601] to compare with it and will see if there are obvious differences.  And what the new profiles (which can be assigned to other cameras than the ones for which they are named) do.  I was noticing problems with hair color in shots under mixed lighting recently and want to see if the supposedly more subtle ProProfiles fix that.

Jono Slack has a sharp eye for color palette, and there are Sean Reid's fruit studies to look over as well, but both I suspect will use Adobe's processing tools.

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3 hours ago, AZN said:

I have upgraded C1 every year since 2016.  Don't plan to do so this year.

Has anyone had a chance to try CO21 with Leica SL (TYP601).  Yes I know there has been a built-in profile for the Leica SL for years, but am curious to see if it has been updated/ improved.

I think the SL profile is unchanged. I have to say that I don't have any problem with the current profile. 

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New profile seems to be the biggest step forward. I'm using Lumariver but with the new profiles but in future it might be unnecessary.

...Lumariver still has advantage on bright and strong colors where the new profile is better than the old ones but the difference is still quite dramatic.

ProStandard profiles seems to have bit more 3d look on the images, where Lumariver and old generic profile seems to be same.

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2 hours ago, wlaidlaw said:

I think the SL profile is unchanged. I have to say that I don't have any problem with the current profile. 

Wilson

It's pretty good, but sky blues are too cyan for my taste/ eyes.

Yes it is easy to fix using the colour-fix tools, but it's a bit of a nuisance.

Back when I used Lightroom you could create your own profiles _inexpensively!_ and import them.  C1 seems to be angrily opposed to this =/

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vor 13 Stunden schrieb FlashGordonPhotography:

Does this mean that Adobe is out and Phase is in as far as co-operation with Leica goes? Or will Leica continue to provide assistance to Lightroom/Camera Raw as well?

Gordon

It means, Capture One is in as an additional option now and does follow a long term demand on customer side. The close cooperation between Leica and Adobe remains unchanged.

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21 minutes ago, AZN said:

It's pretty good, but sky blues are too cyan for my taste/ eyes.

Yes it is easy to fix using the colour-fix tools, but it's a bit of a nuisance.

Back when I used Lightroom you could create your own profiles _inexpensively!_ and import them.  C1 seems to be angrily opposed to this =/

You can create a camera profile see here https://learn.captureone.com/blog-posts/color-edits-as-icc-profiles/ but it is not particularly easy. I had a go at doing it from a photo with my M10-R of a Datacolor colour swatch card but the end result was not good. If you buy the latest X-Rite screen profiling tool, that includes a feature to create an ICC camera profile from a colour swatch card. Unfortunately I did not realise this before I had bought the latest Spyder X Pro tool, which can only create DCP profiles for Lightroom, which I don't use. 

Wilson

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3 hours ago, wlaidlaw said:

You can create a camera profile see here https://learn.captureone.com/blog-posts/color-edits-as-icc-profiles/ but it is not particularly easy. I had a go at doing it from a photo with my M10-R of a Datacolor colour swatch card but the end result was not good. If you buy the latest X-Rite screen profiling tool, that includes a feature to create an ICC camera profile from a colour swatch card. Unfortunately I did not realise this before I had bought the latest Spyder X Pro tool, which can only create DCP profiles for Lightroom, which I don't use. 

Wilson

x-rite color profile are very delicate , I make them for some fashion shoots since some color need to be more accurate. But I don't use them often.

But in years of experimenting I find the capture one profile a much better then many others in many case of general shooting.

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