Capture One 21 update released, adds new Magic Brush, improved Exporter and more: Digital Photography Review

Capture One has released the latest update to Capture One 21, bringing the photo editing software to version 14.3.0. The new update adds new and improved features, expanded capabilities, bug fixes and new camera and lens support.

Key new features added to Capture One 21 (14.3.0) include a new Magic Brush, designed to quickly create complex masks, a redesigned Exporter, improved organization tools, and improvements to tethering, particularly for Fujifilm and Leica cameras. Concerning tethering, it’s now possible to trigger an exposure from within Capture One tethering LiveView when using Fujifilm cameras. For Leica users, you can now adjust focus using the Focus Nudge tool.

Looking first at Magic Brush, the new tool can be found in the Layers Tool or the Cursor Tools menu. Capture One states that the tool allows you to brush and mask areas of similar color quickly. ‘Simple draw a line or a doodle on the area you wish the mask to cover and Capture One will fill the space automatically.’ Magic Brush will find and fill the area of similar pixels, enabling a quick way to mask areas of similar color, including grayscale, so that you can focus your edits on localized parts of your photo.

In the new update, Capture One has redesigned the software’s Exporter. All export options are now visible in one place. Further, a new Proofing Viewer visualizes the final image with all user output settings applied, ensuring that you achieve your desired result. Images can now be replaced upon export, too, promising a further simplified workflow.

Catalogs include the ability to show the content of the selected folder, including content in any subfolders. With this update, users can view images across multiple folders much easier. This has been a much-requested feature by Capture One users. Further, Capture One writes, ‘It is now possible to synchronize new subfolders into your Catalog by simply synchronizing their parent folder. When synchronizing, two new options have been added: Include Subfolders, and Only Include Previously Added Subfolders. This new functionality allows you to always keep catalogs in sync with your hard drives, and cuts down on the time it takes to manually import images.’

We’ve touched on tethering improvements in the latest Capture One update, so let’s look at the overall new camera and lens support. Capture One’s profiles are carefully and meticulously crafted by a dedicated team at Capture One, and the software currently supports RAW files from more than 500 cameras. The team has added support for the Fujifilm X-T1 IR, Fujifilm X-S10 (tethering) and Panasonic Lumix G99/G95/G90. New lens support is extensive, as seen in the list below.

  • Fujifilm Fujinon XF16mm F2.8 R WR
  • Fujifilm Fujinon XF18mm F1.4 R LM WR
  • Fujifilm Fujinon XF27mm F2.8 R WR
  • Fujifilm Fujinon XF50mm F1.0 R WR
  • Fujifilm Fujinon XF10-24mm F4 R OIS WR
  • Fujifilm Fujinon XF70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR
  • Fujifilm Fujinon GF30mm F3.5 R WR
  • Fujifilm Fujinon GF80mm F1.7 R WR
  • Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM (SEL35F14GM)
  • Sony FE 40mm F2.5 G (SEL40F25G)
  • Sony FE 50mm F1.2 GM (SEL50F12GM)
  • Sony FE 50mm F2.5 G (SEL50F25G)
  • Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG (Canon EF)
  • Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN (Sony E)

To see the full list of supported cameras and lenses in Capture One, click here.

Capture One 21 (14.3.0) is available now as a free update for all existing Capture One 21 users. To learn about the various bug fixes included in the new update, click here. If you have yet to try Capture One for yourself, a free trial is available.

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