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Capture Pilot v1.1 review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Keywords: capture, pilot, phase, software, phase_one, capture_one, tethered

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The first thing to know about using Capture Pilot is that it requires a wireless connection between the iPad and the computer. Capture Pilot directly interfaces with Capture One Pro 6.0 software which acts as a server for the images. In other words, the images you take with your camera are downloaded via Capture One Pro 6.0 to your computer’s hard drive. Then, Capture One Pro 6.0 acts as a server that the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch accesses remotely. Therefore, the images don’t ever exist directly on the iOS device, but rather they remotely access the images from the server.

The first time you try to connect the iPad to the server can be a brief challenge and is the only small frustration I had with the entire process. I had to search through the Phase One’s FAQ webpages and user forums, but I soon figured out the process. In all, the first time I tried to connect my iPad to Capture One, it took me about 2 hours of trial and error. Now that I fully understand all the steps, it only takes about a minute to set up the computer, software and iPad so they all speak together.

Here’s the process for the computer:

  1. Go to your computer’s wireless settings and allow Wi-Fi sharing. On my MacBook Pro,I also had to go to the AirPort icon and chose “Create Network.” Next, I allowed the Mac to create its own computer-to-computer network with itself.



  2. Open Capture One Pro 6.0
  3. Start a tethered capture session
  4. Click on the Capture Icon (looks like a camera)
  5. Open the Capture Pilot menu on the bottom left.
  6. Click the Start Image Server button. This allows Capture One Pro 6.0 to act as a server for the download folder.



Now, Capture One Pro 6.0 is set up properly for sharing its images with an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. The next step is to configure the iOS device to access the server. Here are the steps I used to setup my iPad:

  1. Go to Settings à General à Network à Wi-Fi
  2. Now, you should see the new network that you just set up on your computer. In my case the new network was called “Mike Hagen’s MacBook Pro (2)”
  3. Choose this network from the iPad menu
  4. Press the iPad button to bring you back to the main app screen
  5. Launch Capture Pilot
  6. Choose the session name

Ideally, everything will launch properly and you’ll be able to immediately start viewing images on your iPad. If it didn’t connect immediately, keep trying. Sometimes it would take me two or three tries to get the connection started. Other times it connected immediately. Later, I found out that the Bluetooth radio on the iPad can cause interference, so be sure to turn this off from the iPad Settings menu. Since I turned off Bluetooth, I haven’t had any issues with connectivity.

By the way, Capture One has excellent user forums and help on their website. I referred to these forums a few times for assistance in synchronizing the Capture Pilot with the Capture One software.



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Originally written on March 23, 2011

Last updated on February 9, 2019

Mike Hagen Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Expert photography teacher

Gig Harbor, USA
Gold, 149 posts