When exporting originals, Capture One enables you to export copies of your source files as originals with separate settings files (i.e., in their native format with no adjustments applied).
Capture One must have access to the originals. When using a Catalog, this will typically be by referencing the files, either on a local drive or by connecting an external drive instead. If the files are stored physically inside the Catalog itself (as shown adjacent to the In Catalog field, under the Folders panel of the Library), Capture One already has access, however, the images will still be copied on export. This should not be used as a means of purging the files from your Catalog.
Exporting originals is more likely to be chosen when you want to share files with colleagues and further editing is expected. The Export dialog offers two options for this: you can either include adjustments, where the Capture One settings and previews are exported in a separate [CaptureOne] settings folder along with XMP sidecar files or opt to pack RAW files as Phase One Enhanced Image Package (EIP) files. Both options allow all adjustments and metadata to be included when importing back into another copy of Capture One. Phase One EIP files, however, include the source file and all the associated settings and metadata files and any additional profiles together in one file, making it impossible for the individual files to become separated.
When exporting RAW files in their native format, individual XMP sidecar files will accompany them, which can be useful if you are maintaining a separate DAM system. You may have to modify Capture One's application preferences settings for the migration of metadata in XMP sidecars as when left to the default settings, no metadata will be included. If you only want to add metadata such as keywords, ratings, color tags, and descriptions on an ad hoc basis, select Sync Metadata from the action menu in the Metadata panel’s title bar.
Capture One lets you quickly export virtually identical copies of the original RAW, JPEG, TIFF or PNG source files, directly from the main menu or browser to a folder location on your local computer or external drive. Note that the source files must be available to Capture One.
Originals can be exported with the adjustments as separate settings files. With Capture One Pro, you can also export RAW files complete with adjustments, ICC profiles, and LCCs in self-contained EIP files. All these options enable you, for example, to send the files to other Capture One users who can choose to continue to use edited (or unedited) image files prior to making further amendments, should the need arise.
Capture One does not re-compress previously processed JPEGs when exporting. Although the file quality will not differ with JPEGs or TIFFs, the file size may increase slightly if extensive metadata has been added.
- Select the image or images from the browser that you want to export.
In the main menu, go to File -> Export -> Originals… Alternatively, right-click on a Session Folder, Session Album or Catalog Collection and select Export -> Originals… from the menu options. The Export dialog will open.
From the Destination drop-down menu in the Location tab, navigate to the desired location to save the exported image files to. Add a folder and name it in the Sub Folder text field.
Enter a name directly in the Format text field or choose a naming format by clicking on the action button (…) in the Naming tool and adding the appropriate tokens. Type a Job name if applicable and add the Job Name token in the Format text field to add it on output.
Select or deselect any relevant fields in the Options tab. The Notify When Completed option is selected by default.
Click on Export Original to complete the process. When multiple images are selected, the task is added to the Batch Queue and is executed in the background, enabling users to continue their work during the export process.