(I realize that those of you using Capture One Pro already know this, this is more for people considering the program for future use)
Capture One Pro (from http://www.phaseone.com/
) is somewhat of an industry standard for high volume tethered capture. It's a great app, but sadly it doesn't dovetail nicely with the Bridge/iView workflow pioneered by Peter for the major reason that it doesn't support .xmp sidecar files. All raw adjustments and metadata added on set are stored only in C1P's internal cache, and are only embedded in files once they are processed out of C1P to TIFFs or JPGs.
It would be great to work with the photographer/client on set to determine the look and feel they're going for through exposure and curve adjustments. It would be great to add metadata like model names (that are easy to find out on set, but a pain to figure out later) directly to the images at capture time. Sadly, unless you stick with C1P throughout your workflow this isn't really practical. Even a C1P/iView workflow doesn't really work, since raws imported into iView won't have the C1Pro metadata embedded.
With the introduction of Capture One 4, Phase One seems to be indicating that this problem will change. The new version supports DNG export (though this was really buggy last time I tried it). However, Capture One 4 is not a tethered capture application For that we need Capture One Pro
4. Phase One is being cagey about predicting a release date for the new pro version, and based on how long it took them to get C14 out the door...I'm not holding my breath.
I'm still using C1P on set. Basically, I just check focus and exposure and set a capture white balance so the images come in looking in the right ballpark for the client looking over my shoulder. When I get back to the studio, I run the images through IIP to get the bulk metadata in place and I go to work color correcting before I batch out proofs. Definitely less than ideal.
When I get some time, I'm hoping to check out Lightroom as a digital capture app. I've seen some posts on this here in the DAM forum and need to go back and read them. My big question is one of performance: How does it keep up with high volume? Anyone care to comment? Based on this post at 'Death to Film' http://www.deathtofilm.com/2007/09/07/just-the-facts-maam/
I'm optimistic. These guys are using a screaming fast rig (an 8 core mac with 8 GB of ram!) but their performance reports are pretty impressive.