Migrating Images With Adjustments Between Sessions

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Migrating Images With Adjustments Between Sessions

Postby dbeard85 » Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:30 pm

Is there a workflow that allows a user to migrate images from one session, to another, while retaining all image adjustments? We would like to create sessions that are more of a focused selection of images for retouching, rather then every image we shot, but retain all of the image adjustments created on the shoot day. Selects are typically made on the shoot day, but we're not in a hurry to throw all the other images in the trash, and will still archive the entire shoot.

General workflow tips on large session best practices are also welcome.
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Re: Migrating Images With Adjustments Between Sessions

Postby ben_US » Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:18 pm

Any session looking at an adjusted image from another session will read it the same (assuming it's the same application version). The adjustments made in a session are written alongside the raw files and are session-independent.
That being said, you can also export the raw files with adjustments via File > Export Images > Originals.
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Re: Migrating Images With Adjustments Between Sessions

Postby cdc » Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:42 pm

To add to what Ben has already stated, if you use the library tool within Capture One to move/copy RAW files from one session folder to another it will move all of the adjustments with it (if you use finder to move the RAW images the adjustments will not be copied over.

So a simple workflow to move files between two session would be to move all of your selects to the selects folder in your 'capture' session. Then open your 'retouch' session and navigate to the 'capture' session selects folder using the library tool and move/copy the images to your 'retouch' session folders. Alternatively you could rate your selects and use the filter tool to find them as opposed to moving them into the selects folder.

Another option is packing your selects as EIP files, which stores the RAW image along with the setting/adjustments you've made in CO as one file.
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Re: Migrating Images With Adjustments Between Sessions

Postby SFA » Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:38 pm

If you have separated the selects from the rest of the shoot - into a 'selects' folder or folders for example (or indeed vice versa making the 'selects' folder as 'rejects' folder) - there is no particular need to create a different session.

However if you wish to do so you can and simply point the new session at the 'rejects' folder by making it a "favourite". The new session would see the files and their adjustments just as they are.

The old session would then see any changes you make to the files in the new session ...

Now although that means you do not end up duplicating originals, if the idea is not desirable and the new sessions needs to be completely separate you would need follow previous advice above and copy/move the originals and their edit files elsewhere in order to segregate the edits to avoid any possible errors - though if they have been rejected you may not be too worried about that. The 'selected' edits may be more important to secure from random inadvertent changes.

An interesting situation can arise when new versions with new conversion 'engines' become available. Updating previously edited images will create new folder for new edit information files, thumbnails and previews. This also provides some form or segregation but it's a very specific situation and probably not one that is easily assimilated into a session management methodology for a single user let alone a group of users.


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Re: Migrating Images With Adjustments Between Sessions

Postby dbeard85 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:11 pm

All of this was extremely helpful. Thank you for the information, and your time.
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