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Capture One unveils Capture One Live, a real-time collaboration tool for Capture One Pro 22: Digital Photography Review


Capture One has unveiled Capture One Live, a real-time remote collaboration tool for its users. Using Capture One Live, photographers can collaborate from anywhere in the world during a photoshoot in real-time or when editing images. Team members or clients can remotely view, rate and tag images from any browser on any device.

‘On nearly every shoot these days, I’m streaming my screen with a team of remote clients from the brand or agency. It’s opened up incredible remote work opportunities while keeping the production size down. The problem is that these streaming softwares can generally be clunky to run alongside my workflow. Capture One Live is an amazing new tool that will allow me to collaborate with a remote team seamlessly inside of the program, which is so epic. Really excited to use it, and it’s just another value-add to an essential part of my photoshoot workflow,’ said Philip Edsel, photographer, creative director and Capture One Ambassador.

Capture One Live was first released as a beta last July. The new tool is ready for public use after months of further development and iteration. Capture One writes, ‘Having seen local and internationally distributed creative teams become the norm, remote collaboration with Capture One Live remedies distance limitations of any scale. This provides more flexibility for schedules and team members, reduces commuting time and travel costs, yields greater accessibility and efficiency, and allows creative teams to maintain the same or greater levels of productivity as enjoyed in-person.’

Even when in-person collaboration is possible, having the option to collaborate remotely is hugely beneficial. It saves money, time and hassle. John Rains from Backstory, an Austin, TX production company, said, ‘Nowadays we’ve all become used to remote productions thanks to the COVID pandemic, but the need for remote viewing and reviews has existed since well before. When the budgets are tight, a client can’t travel or a creative director has schedule conflicts, the ability to easily give feedback on a production remotely is a game changer.’

Capture One Live promises to be easy to use and, importantly, secure. Capture One Live is available in Catalogs and Sessions, and it integrates seamlessly with the familiar existing Capture One workspace. You can find Capture One Live as an icon in the Toolbar. After clicking the icon, select the collection you wish to share, click ‘Start Sharing,’ and a sharable URL is generated. By default, a Live Session is active for seven days.

For those receiving the link, they can open up an interactive browser view of the selected collection with file names, color tags, and star ratings. They can also view each image at full scale. Images can be added or removed at any time and will update in real-time if Capture One is open. The software doesn’t need to be open for Capture One Live to work, by the way. Collaborators can also view tethered shooting or editing as it happens.

‘We are inspired by our global community of photographers, witnessing how they connect and collaborate between themselves and with other creative and production disciplines, across geographies and time zones. We marvel at their collective pursuit of the perfect angle, the most impactful colors and getting to the end result in the fastest way possible,’ said Rafael Orta, Capture One CEO.’ Collaboration is oxygen to the creative process, and we are so proud and so excited about all the ways Capture One Live is going to bring all participants together, making the photoshoot participative and collaborative, wherever you are.’

There’s no limit to the number of active Live Sessions or how many files you can share in a session. Capture One Live allows for 25 simultaneous collaborators. Capture One Live is not included in an existing Capture One license or subscription. It will be available as a paid add-on at an introductory rate of $9.99 per month. To use Capture One Live, you must have the latest version of Capture One. Capture One Pro 22 is available as a perpetual license for $299, with upgrades from previous versions starting at $159. Subscriptions start at $20 per month. By the way, brand-specific versions of Capture One are no longer available.


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