Phase One Releases Capture One Pro 9 Imaging Software

Phase One released its new Capture One Pro 9 imaging software this morning. The updated software, which is known for its tethered shooting capability, its quality Raw imaging conversion, and advanced image editing tools, is the follow up to Capture One Pro 8 from 2014.

Phase One Capture One Pro 9 introduces several new image editing tools including an updated contrast engine. Capture One Pro 9 also adds new asset management capabilities, including sortable keywords capability. It has been designed to help speed the image-management process for volume keyword applications.

Besides new physical workflow features, Capture One Pro 9 also gives photographers three activations for each standard license to support on-location activation management.

Below is a breakdown of the new tools in Capture One Pro 9 imaging software, according to Phase One.

New Image Editing Tools
Revised contrast engine – Changes have been made to the algorithms of color, saturation and contrast. And the color editor has been revised to align design with the color balance tool. Handles are made easier to use and adjust, and the tool is now scalable when undocked.

Masks from color editor – The color editor now allows the user to make a mask from a color edit.

New Brush pack – Tool changes include the addition of flow, airbrush, straight line brushing, and the ability to link brushes.

Luma curves and local curves – Added to the curve tool palette, Luma curves can be used to create contrast curves without affecting saturation. Also, curves can be used locally.

Battery status for toolbar – This new tool can be placed on the tool bar where it gives a power supply overview to the attached tethered camera, warning photographers of low power during a shoot.

Export EIP for catalogs – Catalog users can now benefit from EIP export for easy transportation of Raw and Settings, off system. In the Export originals panel, there is now an option to Export as EIP. Sessions users can also choose to Export originals. This creates a workflow in which the original Raw and adjustments are not packed – instead a copy is made, packed as EIP.

DNG colors – This new feature allows Capture One Pro to treat and display supported camera files that have been converted to DNG (and include the RAW file in the DNG package), as if in their original format.

New Asset Management Tools
Keywords Tool – Keywords may be added and removed from images. The standard Capture One tool tips for local reset, local copy apply, pre-sets and help are available for this tool.

Keyword Libraries – Used to manage the list (or lists) of keywords in a catalog or a session. As the Keywords tool adds keywords to images, the document Keyword Library is populated. This forms a keyword list for any and all terms in the current document and is unique for the session or the catalog.

Sortable Keywords – Unique to Capture One Pro 9, users are able to reorder keywords in the Keywords tool for single image selections.     

Originally developed to render the exceptional image quality captured by medium format Phase One camera systems, today Capture One Pro supports more than 400 different camera models.

For tutorial videos and details on the new features in Capture One Pro 9, including new cameras and lenses supported, go to:

Availability and Pricing
Capture One Pro 9 is available now for the Mac and Windows operating systems online at and from Phase One authorized partners worldwide. New with this release, each license permits three activations.

New customers can purchase Capture One Pro 9 for $299. Owners of previous versions of Capture One Pro 7 and 8 may upgrade for $99. For customers who have purchased Capture One Pro 8 since October 30, 2015, Phase One is offering a grace period, exempting them from the upgrade fee. Eligible customers should contact support to have their keys upgraded.

Capture One Pro is also available by subscription. Capture One Pro 8 subscribers can download the new Capture One Pro 9 release now. A single-user subscription is $15 per month for a 12-month plan. See all subscription options at