Capture One 20 New Feature Review

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hello I’m Robin Whalley welcome to lenscraft a little while back I pre purchased an upgrade to capture one to
the new 2020 version I’ve now received the email saying the software’s
available so today I’m going to talk you through some of the changes in this
latest version the first one we’ll look at is the crop tool
this has had a very simple change which is adding drag handles to the edges of
the crop frame strangely this has made it a whole lot
easier to see and use the developers also added a couple of modifier keys you
can use when cropping if you hold down the option or Alt key on your keyboard
the crop changes from the center of the crop area rather than from the edges
when you drag from one edge normally the crop only changes that side but if you hold down the option or Alt
key while dragging the crop changes so that both sides change relative to the
center the other modifier key is the shift key
hold down shift while dragging the crop area and the oar locks the aspect ratio
at the crop you can even hold down both modifier
keys together to lock the aspect ratio of a crop and
crop from the center at the same time personally I don’t have much use for the
modifier keys but I know there are quite a lot of people out there who will
appreciate the enhancement the next change I want to mention and the
shortcut keys two of them that I think are particularly useful and the . key
and that zooms you into 100% magnification and if you want to fit the
image to the preview window press the comma key there are also a few other
minor interface changes but once there might be minor they do improve the
overall working experience now one of the big changes that I want to look at
is the basic color editor this is no more compact another eight
rather than six color zones and there are a few of the changes is probably
best to demonstrate how this works rather than focus on the differences
start by picking a color zone in one of two ways
first you can click the colored squares and then make any adjustments notice you can now see an indication of
the sliders effect on the color range alternatively you can use the color
picker tool and select the color zone by clicking the image after that I can adjust the sliders to
affect the color I can also vote click and drag up and down with the adjuster
to change the saturation if I drag left and right
I changed the hue I can also hold down my option or Alt
key while dragging from left and right and change the lightness now if you don’t like these settings you
can change them using the new settings option here you can see the hue has the
horizontal adjustment saturation vertical and likenesses old
and horizontal but you’ve got other options it’s also possible to
and changed the color zones by clicking the options icon this opens the color range editor
showing the width of each of the color zones these relate to the swatches that
you see here also notice there’s an option to view the selected color range
when this is active the image becomes desaturated apart from the color you’ve
selected this allows you to see the affected area more clearly now if you select and move the edge of
the segment you can increase or decrease the range of color that it affects you also have a smoothness slider and
this helps you to blend the transition between the zones to become more natural
watch what happens to the edges here when I move the slider left and right as
you can see when I move the slider smoothness to its maximum value the zone
between the different segments becomes more blurred that is the blending effect
that takes place once you’re happy just click apply but for me the big
improvement is that I can now use this tool on adjustment layers
I’m not restricted to just using it on the background layer now let’s look at
one of my favorite tools which is the high dynamic range adjustment the old tool was very effective at
recovering highlights in shadow detail from raw files but sometimes the sliders
didn’t give enough control while these tools now had to makeover and we now
have white and black sliders if you’ve never used this tool before let me show
you how effective it can be I shot this image using a Fuji xt3 and
it’s underexposed by about two stops I also didn’t use a filter so perhaps it’s
even under expose by more now if I use the exposure slider to correct and dark
areas the sky becomes blown out but if I now
use the high-dynamic-range sliders I can correct the image now if you’re thinking big deal lots of
converters of these four sliders I don’t blame you what’s different about the
sliders in capture one in my opinion is that the results look totally natural
and the colors are absolutely excellent and once I’ve recovered the dynamic
range from the Ralphs file I can adjust the image further using the levels and
curves tool and everything is looking natural this
is a really good result no we only have this area of dark rocks to deal with and
I can do that using a radial gradient adjustment layer now here’s where you’ll
find further interface changes I can now see and select the different types of
tools to adjust the image width I can also change the masking options
I’m not needing to mess around with drop downs and pop ups to deal with the
adjustments that I want to make and this is making the software much easier to
work with I think this is a huge improvement over the previous version
now to make my changes I’ll add an a radial gradient and to ensure that I don’t adjust any of
the highlight areas in error I’ll make this a luma range and I can change this to just deal with
the darkest areas in the image now there’s also another improvement to
the interface I want to show you I can take any of these blocks of
controls and I can actually pin them to the pinned area at the top so now when I
scroll up and down I don’t lose the tool it’s pinned here so that I can access it
easily and when I’m done with it I can remove it and move it back to the
scrollable area again a small change but it really makes a difference to when
you’re working with the image now let’s recover the dark rocks in this area
using this radial gradient and that’s created a very believable
result if i zoom into the area at 100% you can see the result is excellent it
doesn’t seem to matter that we’ve done lots and lots of recovery work in that
area it’s still a very good believable result no let’s look at the image side-by-side
with the original we’ve been working on a clone version so here’s the original
image and side-by-side you can see that we’ve
made loads of recovery and we’ve ended up with a very clean detailed image that
looks very natural the original is well underexposed as you
can see and it’s quite amazing how much these software’s managed to pull back
now there are other enhancements and changes to the software I focused on
what’s important to me as a landscape photographer if you want to learn about
the other changes don’t just watch the short promotional video on the website
after searching the website I’ve actually found a few pages that
summarize the changes quite well I’ll include the link in the video details
below and I also want to stress that if you’re thinking of upgrading or buying
capture one be sure to download the trial version and spend some time using
it now I hope you’ve enjoyed this video if you have please share it with others
I’m Robin Whalley you’ve been watching lenscraft I’ll see you next time for
another video

12 Replies to “Capture One 20 New Feature Review”

  1. Paul Anderson says:

    Thanks again… Super summary. Cheers!

  2. Brian Graney says:

    Thanks very much Robin: an excellent look at some of the upgrades. I've been doing some night photography recently so am interested in the noise reduction improvements, but your video has almost convinced me to upgrade anyway

  3. Tony Greenwood says:

    very useful – many thanks!

  4. Jules Moyaert says:

    👍👍👍

  5. Fabian Keppler says:

    whoeptiedoe.. .. welcome to 2019 should have been there 2 versions ago.
    Stacking would have been an upgrade
    Let's call this 12.1

  6. David Thomas says:

    This is very interesting and seems worth a try for this old LR/PS editor. However, I'm wondering about the utility and quality of the fuji raw converter that Capture 1 is promoting. Perhaps you've already covered this and can point me to the source?

  7. Peter Difolco says:

    Hi Robin when will you be bringing out a Book about Capture One

  8. David Thompson says:

    Really well explained Robin, some quite powerful new features. Thanks.

  9. David Shandley says:

    Just installed it on Wednesday Robin, Its a stunning upgrade for the Fuji Camera system

  10. c0ldc0ne says:

    The version number is 20, not 2020.

  11. Andy Day says:

    Nice vid. Thanks for putting it together.

  12. Hamish Cattell says:

    Thanks Robin – a very clear and informative summary. I find the upgrade rather disappointing however as they are asking a NZD200 for the upgrade from my Fuji C1 vers 12, which seems totally over the top for what are mainly minor tweaks to the programme. Still no exposure blending or panorama feature and the heal and clone is still woeful compared to photoshop. I love the software but the money grabbing nature of the company is a real disappointment.

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