Capture One Pro 12 Released with Revamped Interface, Luminosity Masking, New Plug-In Ecosystem
Today Phase One released the newest version of their powerhouse raw converter, Capture One Pro 12. This new version represents a huge step for Capture One not only in its layer masking abilities, but also in the major decision to open up a new plug-in ecosystem for developers, thus creating new possibilities for sharing, publishing to the web, using external editors, and more.
Capture One’s UI gets a fairly dramatic makeover with a new “super flat” design which emphasizes tools and allows for an increase in text size, a much requested feature. Menus and icons have a new look to make their purposes more obvious and easier to use over long sessions.
Capture One Pro 12 expands upon Capture One’s focus towards in-depth raw layer masking with a new Parametric Masking Engine, allowing for highly customizable Linear Gradient Masks, new Radial Gradient masks, and Luma Range Masking, (arguably the most significant addition to Capture One’s increasingly complex layer masking quiver).
This new tool allows users to easily make complex masks based on brightness which can then be edited at any later time and even be applied to other images with the same parameters and equal precision, thus side stepping the inability to copy and paste hand-drawn masks to other images.
Under the hood, Phase One has implemented a new plug-in ecosystem for developers to add publishing and external editor functions, enhanced AppleScript support, and in keeping with Capture One 11.3’s embrace of FujiFilm, Capture One Pro 12 offers FujiFilm film simulation support for select FujiFilm camera bodies. Capture One 12 also has a new Keyboard Shortcut Manager to more easily search keys and make custom keyboard shortcuts.
Capture One is available as a standalone product or as a subscription. The full version of Capture One Pro with compatibility for all supported cameras and lenses is available for $299, or as a subscription starting at $15 per month. Capture Capture One Pro FujiFilm and Capture One Pro Sony are available for $219 or by subscription starting at $14 per month. Download a 30 day free trial at www.captureone.com/download
If you purchased Capture One Pro 11 on or after October 30th, 2018 your license will be automatically upgraded to Capture One Pro 12.
From Phase One:
New features and tools in Capture One 12
Powerful, refined interface
Capture One 12 introduces a newly re-designed, contemporary interface, designed to make Capture One easier to use during long editing sessions and to make discovery, experimentation, and customizability easier than ever. New iconography better conveys tool functionality, and the new slider design, the spacing of the tools, and font size increase improves both the look and the usability of the program.
The result is a new environment that feels more welcoming for new users while being more customizable for power-users.
Revamped menu system
Every menu item in Capture One 12 has been evaluated, categorized, and organized according to its logical function and grouped along with associated tasks, which makes it easier to find the desired controls and settings, and brings the Mac and Windows menu options into alignment.
One of a trio of new masking tools, Luma Range allows users to quickly create masks based on the brightness of pixels in an image and is the most powerful
luminance masking tool of its kind. This masking technique is particularly powerful in landscapes and high-key portraits, as it allows for nearly-instantaneous masks in complex scenes based on brightness—eliminating the need to tediously paint complex masks. Once a luminance range is created and adjusted using the precision mask-adjustment tools, nearly any editing tool can be applied to the mask.
The masks created with the Luma Range tool are dynamic and can easily be tweaked and modified at any point in the workflow. Unlike a hand-drawn mask, Luma Range adjustments can be applied from one image to another, and the effect will be based on the luminance of each image. This functionality is a huge timesaver as it eliminates the need to create precision masks for each frame in a shoot. The new Luma Range selection masks open up an incredible range of editing possibilities, from selective noise reduction to precise color grading.
Linear Gradient Mask
Capture One 12 takes gradient masks to the next level, allowing for editable, moveable, rotatable—and best of all—asymmetric gradient masks. Using a brand new Parametric Masking Engine, Capture One allows for adjustments in the size, shape, and symmetry of the masks with simple mouse clicks and key presses, truly redefining the possibilities of linear gradients in Capture One. Rotate, feather and adjust a mask with a precision never before possible.
Radial Gradient Mask
The new Radial Gradient mask tool enables quick, flexible radial masks, useful for vignette and other adjustments with a desired falloff effect. Using the same Parametric Masking Engine as the Linear Gradient mask tool, radial masks can be adjusted, rotated and moved after creation for extreme control over desired effects.
Redesigned Keyboard Shortcut manager
Capture One is known for its ability to custom-assign and custom-configure virtually every task to a keyboard shortcut. With more than 500 individually assignable and customizable commands, it’s essential to be able to find the exact shortcut, without having to hunt through hundreds of choices.
Users can now search by the specific menu command, or by the assigned keyboard shortcut, making it easy to find and manage shortcuts. To unify the interface between the Mac and Windows versions the new menu system has been moved to the same location on both platforms, making it easier for workgroups to stay in sync.
New plug-in ecosystem
To address the needs of photographers and creatives looking to share, edit and collaborate on their images, the new Capture One plug-in ecosystem will allow for
powerful third-party extensions. The new Capture One SDK will allow any developer to create custom solutions to expand Capture One, and to transform Capture One into an open ecosystem.
Users of Capture One will be able to extend the platform with the upcoming addition of plug-ins that allow for sharing, editing, and that can connect Capture
One to a variety of specialized editing tools. For developers, the Capture One Plugin SDK—available as a free download—will provide access to the broad base of passionate professional and enthusiast photographers that use Capture One. Developers are now able to create solutions that leverage the image-editing and organizational prowess of Capture One, and the added capabilities of third-party resources.
The initial Capture One Plugin SDK allows for plugin development, and can be leveraged for common tasks like sharing, sending files to external editors, and allowing images to be opened in other applications, and more.
Fujifilm Film Simulation support
Fujifilm X-Series and GFX-series cameras feature Film Simulations, which are incamera tonal adjustments that faithfully reproduce the color and tonality of classic Fujifilm photographic films. Sixteen Film Simulations are available, ranging from color stocks like Provia and Velvia to black and white film like Acros. These simulations give Fujifilm users the ability to digitally capture images with the feel of beloved photographic films.
Thanks to the collaboration between Capture One and Fujifilm, photographer’s using Fujifilm’s renowned X-Series and GFX-series cameras will be able to edit photos complete with Fujifilm Film Simulations. These in-camera settings have been faithfully reproduced in Capture One, to provide an identical experience when working with files, resulting in images that appear the same as if the Film Simulation picture profiles were applied in-camera.
Extended AppleScript support
Users of Capture One on Mac OS can take advantage of extended AppleScript support for automation and workflow streamlining. More than a dozen of Capture One 12’s areas and properties can now be directly modified with AppleScript, adding to the existing, robust AppleScript support in previous versions of Capture One.
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. Phase 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.
In addition to the RAW support for more than 500 cameras, Capture One also provides profiling and image correction support for more than 500 lenses. Like with the RAW file interpretation, Phase 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.
New camera support:
• Nikon Z7
• Nikon Z6
• Fujifilm GFX 50R
• Canon EOS R
• Canon EOS M50