RAW+JPEG in C1?- better to separate or not?

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OP viper699 Contributing Member • Posts: 781
Re: RAW+JPEG in C1?- better to separate or not?

Dave_J_E wrote:

viper699 wrote:

Dave_J_E wrote:

My advice differs from that of the other posters. In my experience with Capture One 20 (for Sony), jpeg files embedded in the raw file are not used for preview purposes. Instead, when a raw file is imported into a Session, a so called Preview File is generated which is seen in the Viewer and a thumbnail version of this is generated and appears in the Browser. The size of the preview file can be set in the Preferences/Image section and one recommendation is to set this to your screen width. It is a reasonably large file but considerably smaller than the raw. It is sort of the working file if you like (except for 100% view) and the raw file is not called on until you export a jpeg or tiff etc.

The preview file (and the thumbnail) display the editing changes as you make them.

Interestingly I've found that my Sony raw preview files are reasonably close to a jpeg shot under raw+jpeg (with a Creative Style of Standard for the jpeg). I certainly don't need to use a jpeg for culling purposes.

I'd urge you to persevere with just importing the raws into the Capture folder. You should get to judge the image potential from the raw preview file alone fairly well after a while.


I have C1 Pro v20. I’ll ask them if the camera brand C1 versions render images like Pro, esp because your RAW look similar to your JPEGs.

Mine are all more faint, it’s weird to me, but I’m a film person, new to digital.

My understanding is that the (paid) camera brand specfic versions are basically the same as the full PRO version. With the brand specific versions, they simply restrict the types of raw file you can access. The quality of the camera profiles for the different brands may vary though.

If it's color you are mainly concerned with you can make a custom camera profile quite easily by going into the color editor and making changes on a sample image such as increasing the saturation. Then click on the three dots in a row and select "Save as ICC Profile". You can then use this camera profile for future edits to achieve similar color enhancements. These will show up in the preview and thumbnail files.


Thanks—Next time I’m in front of C1 tomorrow I’ll see what’s going on. Perhaps I don’t have a camera profile selected. But I thought I did...

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