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Importing Images on your Mac

Last updated: 15-01-2018


How do I import Images to Capture One on my Mac


See video and step by step instructions below:


Importing Images on your Mac


The default location for your Session folders is

~User Account / Pictures / your session folders


The default Capture One Session can be found here

Capture One Library 

(defaults to tethered folder set up in PRO and Untethered in Non PRO)


Four folders are created automatically in Tethered Sessions


Move To




Three folders are created automatically in Un-tethered Sessions

Move To




You can use the Default Session or you can create a new session depending on your workflow and organization.


To Create a New Session

Open Capture One (if you are not prompted there with the option to create a new session or open a recent session) 

Select File > New Session


Set your Session Name, Location, Type You can change the names of any of the fields or use the defaults.




You can then import your Raw files in one of three ways:



1. Connect a Card Reader then insert your memory card into the reader.


You can either prompt the import images dialogue box to pop up by selecting the down arrow in the upper left corner of your workspace.


In your preferences you can have this box open automatically as soon as a mountable device, such as a CF card, is connected.







The Import Images Dialogue box has 4 sections.



From this tool you can instruct the importer tool where to import from, and the destination.

You can also create Subfolders using Date, or designate a Name.


Choose to rename your files as they import, see the options in the drop down list, or keep their current name.



Enter basic metadata that will be applied on import Copyright and Caption


File Info 

Displays basic information for selected file


The Import Dialogue box will generate thumbnails for all images on your memory card.

You can then choose whether to import all, or browse the thumbnails and select which files to import.


Make your decisions, then select Import.

Files will import to your selected destination and previews and thumbnails will generate upon import.


An activities monitor will show up displaying your import progress 

(you can of course close this without affecting your import or set preferences so that it does not automatically display)









2.  Manually Import images

From the Library Tool Tab in your Session


Again, you can use the default folders or:


Use the System Folders to navigate to your Session Folder (default or not) 

Ctrl Click (right click) to create a new folder ,  ctrl click again on your new folder to set it as your Capture folder.


Then navigate to your Memory card in the System Folders.  You can then select your images and drag them to your selected folder within the Library Tool.


Note, you cannot rename images importing this way, and thumbnail and preview rendering will still take time to load. 











3.  Use your OS finder to navigate to your session folders and drag files from your memory card manually to your desired location.  You can then use Capture One to browse to this location.


Note, you cannot rename images importing this way, and thumbnail and preview rendering will still take time to load.