Capture One’s importer dialog allows you to import all the images from a memory card, connected camera, flash disk or portable external drive, or you can import selected images instead.
Note that you can also import images from a connected camera if it supports the Mass storage protocol. Not all cameras support this feature, but some Nikon models do.
You can choose to store source images on your computer or, preferably, store them on a dedicated external drive. In any case, Capture One copies the images to the chosen destination folder and references them. If you want to move the source files at a later date, move the folder from the Library. Afterwards, the Library tool will update the references to the images in their new location.
- Open the importer by choosing one of the following options:
- In the main menu, choose File -> Import Images...
- Click on the Import icon in the toolbar.
- Drag a volume or folder of images into the Capture One image browser.
- Click on the Import icon in the browser of a new Catalog.
- Connect your card reader to your computer.
- The Import Images dialog (i.e., the importer) opens. When a card reader is connected or when a folder has been dragged into the Capture One image browser, the contents of that folder are displayed as thumbnails in the importer’s browser.
- If the importer’s browser is not displaying your images, go to the Import From tool, click on the Source fly-out menu, select Choose Folder..., and navigate to the relevant folder you want to import the images from. The images will then be shown in the browser. Also, make sure that the Include Subfolders checkbox is selected in the Import From tool. This option is useful for locating all the images on a memory card.
- Enable Exclude Duplicates to prevent duplication of images already imported by your current Catalog.
- When you want to select specific images to import, adopt the usual Shift-click to select contiguous images, or Cmd+click (macOS) / Ctrl+click (Windows) to select individual images. When you want to reset the image selection, click on the background between thumbnails.
- When using a multi-bay card reader with two or more cards inserted, each card appears at the top of the Source fly-out menu. After downloading from the first card, select the next from the fly-out menu.
- In the Import To tool, make sure the Destination fly-out menu is set to Choose Folder... Note the importer remembers the last selection and, therefore, the current setting may not be suitable for your intended storage location.
- Navigate to an existing system folder or create and name a new folder as desired on the local computer or an external disk, and click Set as Import Folder. Recently used folders appear as shortcuts.
- In the optional Sub Folder field, add a folder or a series of sub-folders. Select this only if you want to segregate a group of images from an existing folder of images on import or adopt a multiple folder structure.
- From the Sample Path field, verify the path is pointing to the chosen folder for import.
- Verify the Collection text box is set to Recent Imports Only. If already set up, you can use the other settings to sort images into existing User Collections (i.e., existing albums, or albums based on templates).
- In the Space Left field, verify that there is enough space to store the new images on the drive.
- Select options for backup, naming images, copyright, and adjustments as desired.
- Press Import All or Import X Images for selected images if no further options are required.