When the time comes to share your image files, whether that is with an international client or a member of your family, you have the option of either exporting or processing files in Capture One.
When exporting, you have a choice of selecting originals or variants. When selecting originals, a dedicated dialog opens enabling you to export copies of your source files as originals with separate settings files (i.e., in their native format with no adjustments applied) and metadata in XMP sidecars.
Source files are not limited to RAW formats, they can be JPEG, TIFF, PSD or PNG. This is useful if you are managing a separate Digital Asset Management (DAM) system, but you may have to modify Capture One's settings for the migration of metadata in XMP sidecars.
Capture One can also export DNGs as originals. Like the others, these are also copies of your source files and can be from cameras that have had their RAW file formats converted to DNG before being imported or they can originate from a number of cameras that write DNG natively.
In other cases, the cameras' RAW file formats must be officially supported. If they are not, the importer will not recognize them. DNG support is not optimized for some camera models and some of the permutations may not be available.
In general, those that were successfully converted prior to importing will, on export, have the adjustments from Capture One saved as separate settings files and metadata will be embedded.
With native DNG files, however, neither the adjustments nor metadata applied in Capture One can be embedded or even extracted as separate files when exporting. The originals will remain as they were captured. Like other formats, though, the Export dialog enables you to name or rename them and create folders to organize them in.
When applied to variants, the concept of exporting and processing is essentially the same. As Capture One always works non-destructively, your source files are copied and any adjustments made are applied using a file format of your choice. Exporting or processing to DNG is possible from RAW source files but not for previously processed source files such as JPEG or TIFF.
With Capture One Express for Sony (ES), you can rename the files, add output sharpening, choose which metadata to include, such as descriptions and keywords, and create folders and sub-folders.
Capture One Pro has more options available when exporting, such as managing keywords, descriptions and copyright details, and other metadata, and the option to export RAW files as self-contained EIP files for archiving or sharing between colleagues, for example.
When working with a high volume of images and on high-pressure assignments, Capture One Pro has a dedicated Output tool tab with multiple customizable recipes that enable simultaneous image processing. Not only does this allow you to process a selection of image files into several formats, color spaces, and sizes, but also to rename, add watermarks, and organize the files, greatly improving the workflow at this critical stage.
NOTE: Starting from Capture One 21 (14.3.0) the Output Tool Tab has been removed and all its content has been moved into the new Exporter. This Exporter is accessible from the Export icon in the main tool bar, or by right-clicking the selected image(s) and clicking ‘Export > Export…’.
To learn more about the new Exporter, go to this article.