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09/14/2007 08:51:40 AM · #1
Is anyone in here using Capture One for converting their RAW images? Somebody in another thread mentioned that it is unbelievable. I bought a Pro edition a long time ago and every time I was about to use it I wold get goosebumps. There is no manual on how to use it. Every time I converted my RAW images they would look way worse than my ACR conversion.
Everyone raves about this software but I think I am just too stupid for it.
So, can someone explain to me how to use it. Or tell me the benefits of it or show me the conversion from it vs some other program.
Thanks for any help yopu can provide.
09/14/2007 09:12:23 AM · #2
Well, I can't necessarily help you, but I can sympathise. Check this thread for my thoughts on RAW at the moment (using Canon DPP). :)

Capture One is supposed to be a step up from the Canon Software, with better controls, and faster operation, but I wouldn't be surprised if Adobe does a better job.

When you say it looks worse, in what way does it? Can you post a sample? Are you converting to TIFF or JPG? If JPG, have you checked the output compression ratio setting, maybe the CaptureOne default is too low?
09/14/2007 09:38:46 AM · #3
Originally posted by surfdabbler:

Well, I can't necessarily help you, but I can sympathise. Check this thread for my thoughts on RAW at the moment (using Canon DPP). :)

Capture One is supposed to be a step up from the Canon Software, with better controls, and faster operation, but I wouldn't be surprised if Adobe does a better job.

When you say it looks worse, in what way does it? Can you post a sample? Are you converting to TIFF or JPG? If JPG, have you checked the output compression ratio setting, maybe the CaptureOne default is too low?

I am converting to 16 bit Tiff. When I say worse I mean the saturation, the highlights, shadows etc. I just don't see any benefits. Some images are comparable and some are not. That's why I cam confused why everyone is raving about it. I am sure I am not doing something right. I would love to see a tutorial or at least a manual on what I need to be doing in it.
09/14/2007 09:48:40 AM · #4
Just went to phaseone.com and see that they have a free beta out. I am going to check it out and hopefully get back to you soon.

But for another suggestion, if you use GIMP at all, there is a FABULOUS plugin called "UFRaw" which handles RAW files, and in my opinion, does a good job at it. Plus, its free.
09/14/2007 09:57:08 AM · #5
Originally posted by jfriesen:

Just went to phaseone.com and see that they have a free beta out. I am going to check it out and hopefully get back to you soon.

But for another suggestion, if you use GIMP at all, there is a FABULOUS plugin called "UFRaw" which handles RAW files, and in my opinion, does a good job at it. Plus, its free.

I tried the beta version and some things don't work on my computer so I can't fully evaluate it.
I am not looking for a free solution, but the best one

Message edited by author 2007-09-14 09:57:30.
09/17/2007 09:46:31 AM · #6
I had used their free trial version (Pro), and fell in love with it. I felt that it was very intuitive. I played around in it until I figured out how to use it. I liked it even better that the Lightroom (don't stone me for saying that). I am hoping to buy it one day.
09/17/2007 06:59:47 PM · #7
Originally posted by maggieddd:

When I say worse I mean the saturation, the highlights, shadows etc. I just don't see any benefits.


You mean no benefits compared to using JPG? I'm seeing this same thing using DPP, FreeStone, Picasa and one other free converter that I found. I also tried RawShooter, but it was so old, it wouldn't recognise the files from the 400D.

Sure, they all appear to work, reading the CR2 format and , but none of them show any benefit over JPG. It's like they do the 8-bit conversion, and then do the adjustments afterwards. Some other people have converted my RAW images for me, and can successfully extract a little more information from the RAW file, but they were using Lightroom and ACR, which seem to work much better. I should try out the free CaptureOne demo as well, and I can see if I get the same results with that.

Message edited by author 2007-09-17 18:59:59.
09/17/2007 07:08:06 PM · #8
Originally posted by surfdabbler:

Originally posted by maggieddd:

When I say worse I mean the saturation, the highlights, shadows etc. I just don't see any benefits.


You mean no benefits compared to using JPG? I'm seeing this same thing using DPP, FreeStone, Picasa and one other free converter that I found. I also tried RawShooter, but it was so old, it wouldn't recognise the files from the 400D.

Sure, they all appear to work, reading the CR2 format and , but none of them show any benefit over JPG. It's like they do the 8-bit conversion, and then do the adjustments afterwards. Some other people have converted my RAW images for me, and can successfully extract a little more information from the RAW file, but they were using Lightroom and ACR, which seem to work much better. I should try out the free CaptureOne demo as well, and I can see if I get the same results with that.

No, I am not talking about JPGs. I don't shoot JPGs. I see a benefit of shooting in RAW and would never shoot JPGs, but I don't see how Capture One converts RAW better than ACR or other programs.

I wish someone could show me how to use Capture One. Maybe I am so used to ACR that some things seem weird in Capture One.
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