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Controlling Capture One Pro with a MIDI Keyboard (Podcast 619)

Today we're going to explore an exciting way to use a MIDI controller that you might have lying around to controller Capture One Pro. You could, in fact, use this method to control pretty much any application that accepts keyboard shortcuts, but I love speeding up my workflow, so...

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  • Greg Bee
    Posted at 14:27h, 18 May Reply

    Interesting idea Martin.
    Would be great if you could get those MIDI rotary knobs working to control C1’s sliders but I assume this is not possible?

    I use a combination of a Wacom tablet (right hand) and a Contour Shuttle V2 pro (left hand).
    Very versatile. One thing I really miss using the Wacom is the loss of the mouse scroll wheel. The rotary controls on the Shuttle give this back to me.


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 18:49h, 18 May Reply

      Hi Greg,

      I tried for about half a day to get the dials to work with the sliders and wasn’t successful. I’ll give this more time later, but the main thing I’ve found is that it’s not easy! 🙂

      Another problem is that these dials have set values for the position of the dial from 0 to 127, so if say you set Exposure to -1 on one image, when you move to the next image, as soon as you start moving the dial regardless of where the Exposure slider is positioned, it will just to -1 before it starts to move.

      If the buttons were infinite, and simply sent increase and decrease increments, it would be easier. Having said that, I have progressed a little bit, by saving the starting point in a variable in one translator, then having that translator stop and comparing whether the dial is going up or down, and sending a shortcut based on that. But, it’s a huge time suck, and I can’t quite get it right.

      I’ll report back if I figure it out.


  • Neil Cheek
    Posted at 00:48h, 09 August Reply

    Hi Martin,

    I now perform all my editing in Capture One using the mouse and an Arturia Beatstep. Some some light configuration is needed first using their MIDI Control Center software (mainly to put all the knobs to relative values, this gets rid of the issue of absolute values you have highlighted above, but of course only if the proprietry software allows) and then BOME MIDI Translator Pro to do the mappings to Capture One shortcuts. The reason I tried this all out in the first place is the fault of who very kindly offers all his config files for free which helps tremedously in flattening the learning curve so to speak 😉

    The only thing I miss now is that Capture One changes their shortcuts to behave in the same way as when you use the mouse to drag the sliders… especially Exposure, White balance (both Kelvin & Tint), HDR recovery (both Highlight and Shadow), Brightness, Saturation and Rotation (the shortcut values are not as fine as those of the mouse).

    Great to see that people are looking into different ways of interfacing with the software, thereby improving their efficiency and user experience when editing images.



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