I really like the way Capture One from Phase One processes images, and I find it superior to most other raw processing engines, but I have had two major problems with it, namely:
1. images converted to .dng files using Lightroom (of which I have many) do not appear browser panel. I have discussed this with Phase One and it is because they are not linear .dng files (unlike the files from Leica digital cameras.
2. Early .nef files from the Nikon D1X (which was my camera of choice) appear purple in the browser and cannot be processed. Again I have discussed this with Phase One and they say it is because of the pixel format in the files.
I am delighted to say that I have finally found a resolution to these problems which, although a little long-winded, appears to resolve both problems perfectly so I thought I should pass it along.
The biggest problem was to convert files in to linear .dng files, which Adobe DNG converter normally does not do. However if you are a user of Photo Mechanic you will find under the ‘Tools’ menu a ‘Convert RAW to DNG’ option which has the choice of converting the raw file to a linear .dng file. This uses the Adobe DNG converter to do so, and it will even convert existing .dng files into linear .dng files.
This solution resolves both of my problems making earlier .nef files and Lightroom-converted .dng files readable in Capture One without replacing the original files that have been converted. OK, you have to have Photo Mechanic (which is also a great program) and it is not an instant solution but it certainly appears to work.
I have started using it now on selected files on an ‘as and when’ basis.
Hope this helps somebody out there.