How do I move from a Catalog to a Session?



  • Christopher Dubea

    Holy moly this is complicated. What if you don't want to physically move the files? I have a folder scheme I'm not interested in changing and ideally we could create development settings in place.

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  • Carlo Didier

    Exactly! Waaaaaaay too complicated! Me too, I'd want to leave the file just where they are, because that's where they are supposed to be and indexed by my DAM application and referenced by the backups, etc, etc

    Why not simply (!!!!) export the settings files to where the images are???

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  • Jason Patel

    I would also like to just export the settings files alongside where the images already are stored.

    Use case is have a secondary method of storing edits for backup outside of catalog.

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  • Eric

    I think it's just explained a bit more complicated than needed but it's actually very simple:

    1. Create empty Session in preferred location, possibly in the same folder as the original files
    2. Open the Catalog to export from. Select images to export.
    3. Select "Export Images > Originals". Check "Include Adjustments", do NOT check "Pack As EIP". Choose "Capture" folder of the Session.
    4. Open Session, select "Capture" folder, images are loading in and generating previews

    Yes, this does copy the originals one level deeper into the "Capture" folder but that's how Sessions are setup in order for the automatic import to work.

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  • Roland Rick

    Well, it worked.

    Even without the "Pack As EIP" ticked (C1 14.0.2).

    But it is super inconvenient: by far too many clicks to do. Please add a "Export Folder as Session" function.

    The total bummer: C1 is still not aware of .psb and .afphoto files. If you forget to copy them manually, you're lost.

    There is also till no possibility to export/import the adjustments of a single or selection of images independent of the database structure. Like the XMP files in Lr/ACR.

    Missing also: panorama stitching. The settings of ACR/Lr in the panorama DNGs created by the Adobe products are ignored, even crop and even it is saved into the DNG. This is one of the big benefits of DNG, no XMP needed (as JPG and TIFF). I have no idea, why C1 is not aware of this.

    The lack of panorama stitching and ignorance for .afphoto files still causes me to stuck with the Adobe subscription. That's really bad. As soon Serif comes up with a usable RAW editor and images manager such as Lr/Bridge/C1 are, this means "bye-bye C1".


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  • EtMRS

    I have a big catalog with 86 kPics. I want to use sessions. So, I split my catalog and now I have 11 catalogs with 8 kPics (8000 pictures) each1. To work like Lily says, my iMac 2020 (64 GB tram,I7...) takes 19 hours to export originals to the local SSD. So, for 11 catalogs, is 209 hours. Working 10 hour a day, 5 days a week, that mean I need more than 4 weeks to works with sessions.... Be serious !!!

    Working with both catalog AND session is very nice. So I create a feature request to synchro catalog/session : 4406142825617-Synchronise-Catalog-Session

    Using this quick win is very easy. When you are in catalog, you can load adjustments from "cos" file (adjustment setting used by session) in the CaptureOne sidecar subfolder. When you make adjustment in catalog, you can create/update, automatically or on demand, the COS file.

    It's exactly what's append with xml sidecar for metadata : Load, Sync and Save (but Save don't exist for metadata, don't know why).

    So, if you want work with both session AND catalog, support my request please.


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