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Capture One 21 Update Released Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

22 July 2021

Phase One has releassed Capture One 21 v14.3.0 with three new features in addition to user experience improvements. The new features include instant sharing, redesigned exporting and a new Magic Brush for masking.


Highlights of the new release include:

  • Capture One Live
  • Redesigned Exporter with Proofing Viewer
  • Magic Brush

Addition user experience improvements include:

  • Show images in subfolders
  • Synchrnize new subfolders
  • Various tethering improvements


Minimum system requirements are:

  • 10-GB free hard disk space
  • At least 8-GB RAM

For macOS:

  • Intel Core i3 or better
  • macOS 10.13 to macOS 11

For Windows:

  • Intel or AMD CPU with two cores
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit


Capture One Live, which requires a Capture One Pro subscription, is a new service that facilitates instaly sharing collections of photos with collaborators who can then view, rate and color tag them on any device through a Web browser.

Invitations to join a session can be emailed or you can copy a URL to the clipboard for inclusion in a text message or other means of communication. Sessions automatically expire after 24 hours.

The number of photos displayed during a session is limited to improve performance but there's a Load More button to continue viewing.

Sessions end when the photographer click the Stop Sharing button or the session time expires.


The redesigned Exporter collects all of Capture One's export options in one interface. It also adds a new proofing viewer to preview your export options.

Process recipes now become Export recipes.


The new Magic Brush makes selecting areas similar in color or tone fast and simple. Brush a stroke or doodle in an area you want to mask and Capture One will fill the area automatically.

You can continue using the Magic Brush to add more areas to the selection.

The first stroke is a bit slower than subsequent strokes while the Raw file is cached to provide a high-quality mask.

Options include brush size, opacity and tolerance. There is also an option to set how fine the edge of the mask will be. Another option allows the entire photo to be sampled (non-contiguous areas).


Among the other improvements are:

  • Tethering. Fujifilm cameras in LiveView can now trigger an exposure and compatible Leicas can tweak focus with the Focus Nudge tool.
  • Show Images in Subfolders. Catalogs can now show images in the selected folder and any subfolders.
  • Synchronize New Subfolders. Right clicking on a new folder in the Library Tool presents a Synchronize option which can include all subfolders or only previously added subfolders.


The free update is available for download now from the Capture One site, although we've had trouble accessing it this morning.

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