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How To Activate Capture One

Last updated: 25-08-2015


I just purchased Capture One, what do I do now and how do I activate Capture One on my computer.



Capture One can be activated and used in 4 modes:

1) Capture One Express for Sony - Basic version for Sony users 

2) Capture One in DB mode - Full version for digital backs only

3) Capture One in PRO mode - The same as Capture One DB but full version for DSLR support including Sony 

4) Capture One Pro for Sony - Full version for Sony users 


For digital back owners it's free of charge to use Capture One in DB mode - no license needed - see the video, activate and enjoy.




See this video example as well as the run through below.




Your computer must be connected to the Internet to Activate the Software.


You have installed the latest version of Capture One from your install discs or you've downloaded the latest version from our website.  Now you must activate the software.



Upon launching of Capture One you will be greated with a four mode option dialouge.  

(on a PC the dialouge box will look slightly different but the steps are the same)


Please Select Mode 




You will then need to choose to Try, Buy, Or Activate. Choose Activate. 




Enter your 16 character Product Key you received with your purchase of Capture One.  It will automatically determine whether your key is for Pro or Pro for Sony.




Then enter the email address and profile information that you want this key to be registered under.  You can use your existing Phase One Profile or create a new one.

[Please note: If you are a studio, use a generic studio email address so that you will not lose your key.]


Hit Activate and you're ready to start using Capture One.





If you are trying to switch from your 30 day free trial to an activated version:

On a Mac : simply go to Capture One > License and Activate

On PC: Help > License Information and Activate