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Capture One SDK is now open for everybody

Phase One has made the Software Development Kit (SDK) free to access for everyone for the first time in Capture One's history. This means that anybody can create plugins for Capture One 12 and give some extra functions for the software.

This possibility has been available in Adobe Lightroom from the beginning, and all the controllers including Loupedeck, Pfixer, Palette Gear, MIDI2LR with MIDI controllers, etc. can work via such an embedded plugin in LR.

Although having the CO SDK does not mean yet that the opportunity has been opened for creating a controlling plugin for Capture One (like MIDI2LR for Lightroom). According to a software developer we contacted at Phase One, the new CO12 SDK only supports roundtrip and export functions for 3rd party softwares at the moment and does not include the API that allows slider movements. But this is a continuous project - he says - so controlling the sliders via a plugin may be a possibility in the future.

At the moment Capture One can be controlled with a hardware controller only via emulated Keyboard Shortcuts and with Tangent controllers which have default factory support from Phase One. The former is not so smooth as it should be (although it works), the latter is perfect but costs a fortune unfortunately.

If you would like to have your voice listened, you have the opportunity to tell Phase One that an SDK with slider-control support has a real demand on the market. By this not only a universal MIDI2LR-like plugin could be developed for any MIDI controller but also Loupedeck might have the possibility to manufacture a native Capture One controller.

You can tell your opinion and demands for Phase One about their SDK by clicking here.

Loupedeck with Capture One Pro

Capture One with LoupedeckYes it is possible! Altough this is not a website that deals with other apps than Lightroom, but this time we make an exception. 

We've created a fully working version of Loupedeck with Capture One Pro!

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Review: Tangent Ripple for Capture One

I think I can say that the world’s first Capture One + Tangent controller review is showing up right here on I've purchased a Tangent Ripple and a Capture One subscription in order to make a review to you despite that this website deals with Lightroom.

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Review: Loupedeck the Lightroom controller

It’s here for real. I admit it I hardly believed this a couple of months ago. But now we have it, it’s here and it’s awesome! The Loupedeck, a controller panel for Adobe Lightroom that makes RAW editing unbelievably fast, easy and fun.



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MIDI Controller for Capture One!

Phase One has announced the 10th version of their highly appreciated post-processing software with many new features. Among these Capture One Pro 10 finally supports hardware least with almost the most expensive controller on the market, which is called Tangent. Tangent controllers are originally designed for video post-production (color grading) unlike the standard MIDI controllers we use for Lightroom that are originally aimed to music makers. Please note that Tangent's three trackballs solution is ideal for Capture One's new Color Balance tool...or vice versa: we can say that the new Color Balance tool has been designe for trackball-controller use...intentionally. I think this is a big step in the newborn world of hardware-based photo-processing: one of the biggest software makers in our industry adjusts its tool for a hardware controller.

According to our source Tangent for Phase One is a pilot project at the moment, so Phase One wants to see if it will be a successful and needed solution or not. Anyway it is a good to know that there is a relatively cheaper compromise too (Tangent has a fully functional and compatible tablet app) so from now on tactile controlling of Capture One is accessible for the masses.

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Using a MIDI controller for photo processing is quite a new movement in the world. These hardwares are originally built for music editing softwares but thanks to some clever plugins they can be used for photo editing in Adobe’s Lightroom software too. READ MORE...


We need a small plugin to connect a MIDI controller with Lightroom. The job of these plugins is to identify the signal of the MIDI controller via USB and match them to certain Lightroom prompts and functions which are in the plugin’s stock. READ MORE...