Chicken Nuggets

This week I was working on a commission for a client and in the solution, needed to include a “technical” Style (a Style with certain parameters (meta data, flags) that aren’t necessarily typical of the generic Styles use-case) and then I realised: there was no way to really send Styles in a convenient way. I build a lot of custom install stuff for Capture One, automating the process of setup, shortcuts, dependencies etc, that help simplify and scale installations, but this seemed a little too rigid for a Style. Then I remembered… Read More

Event Scripting

Events are the coolest way to utlize automation scripting, however the infrastructure for it is complex and pretty impenetrable for the uninitiated, so I wrote this article. The idea of events is that Capture One will initiate scripts automatically and repeatedly when a particular event happens. This means you can develop and extend Capture One’s behaviour to be reactive to certain repetitive conditions. Examples might be: As soon as an image is captured, process it. When I scan this bar code, do a vLookup in Excel and give me all the data… Read More

Automation workflows with Monogram

The following was done with Monogram Creator (beta) and a set of the new Monogram Creative Console Studio tiles, in C1 v20. This week I was lucky to enough to get hold of the new Monogram kit for evaluation. We sometimes get clients looking for a simple “push this big button -> do workflow” for reducing C1’s somewhat idosyncratic techincal cruft, and so I wanted to see if it could be a useful solution. For the uninitiated, Monogram could be equated to a sort of modular “midi controller”; buttons and dials that… Read More

Get Started With AppleScript – Conditional Processing pt1

The following project/idea I originally produced for the Project Lemonade series for Digital Transitions webinars. The following is a short version of it, if you want to see the full webinar visit and sign up to the DT archive here. Before we get started… For part 1, we will concentrate on writing the script as if we are mirroring the same logic of using Capture One UI and UX concepts. I’m fully aware there are several approaches, model shortcuts, logic and advanced syntax to ultimately achieve the same results. However, this “parity”… Read More

Get Started With AppleScript – Scripting Selections

An intro series to scripting Capture One, with Ben Liddle Splitting hairs: Variants v. Images The thumbnails in Capture One’s browser pane are technically variants. A variant is a unique set of rendering instructions for a given source raw (or TIF, JPG, etc) image file. These instructions are lightweight (few hundred Kb at most), so you can think of these as virtual copies of your image files. Every image file you view in Capture One has at least one variant; unless you objectively create a new variant, there’ll be a 1:1 ratio… Read More

Get Started With AppleScript – Basics

An intro series to scripting Capture One, with Ben Liddle Preamble Years ago, in a warehouse in deep industrial Brooklyn, I was a digital technician on an e-commerce photo shoot struggling to stay awake. It was 3:30 in the afternoon on a crisp winter’s day, and the stylist was diligently stringing up the 80 billionth (by my estimate) crossbody’s strap of the day. The photographer was (probably) retouching his latest editorial job on his laptop in the corner. I was working with Capture One Pro 8 (iirc, maybe it was 7, honestly… Read More