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Kuuvik Capture V4.3 review update

Updated Canon camera tethering software for the Mac


We’ve made use of Kuuvik Capture software for some time and Keith has reviewed it several times in the past.

The latest version V4.3 improves functionality, and now supports the EOS RP mirrorless camera which Keith reviewed a few months ago, which is now the main backup camera to his EOS 5Ds.

For many more details see the previous reviews and updates, which include detailed use of the split mode liveview and other helpful features.

If you’d like to know much more detail, there is a free e-book about the software

kuuvik capture

Using Kuuvik Capture for Canon EOS cameras

Kuuvik Capture has a few features, such as focus peaking and especially its multi-point live view option that still make it something I use for some tethered capture work with my Canon 5Ds and now the EOS RP, even as the free EOS Utility improves (I’d note it uses a lot less power than the Canon software – useful for times I’m using my MacBook Pro in the middle of a factory floor and can’t reach a power outlet).

There is a list of changes since V3.1 at the foot of this review.

My EOS RP is now supported (wireless as well), although not yet with RAW histogram support.

The RAW histogram (optionally) shows actual data in the RAW file (after shooting), as opposed to what’s there after it’s processed. [bright red spots are highlight clipping warnings]

raw-histogram-shot

Note here, how after white balance settings are applied, the R/G/B peaks which are some distance apart in the top RAW histogram are combined together in the ‘processed’ histogram in the Adobe 98 colour space shown below.

histograms

Where does this help me? Well, sometimes I’m shooting strong colours in less than optimal lighting – the RAW histogram gives me an extra tool in checking my exposures. There’s quite a bit more about this in the e-book for the software.

Split mode

One of the key features I use when shooting with tilted lenses is the ability to have up to three windows onto the live image coming from the camera. This makes accurate focusing a lot easier [see also my article about focusing with tilt)

split-screen-mode

What I’ve shown here is a small subset of what the software can do – if you’re curious, do read the e-book

Full changelog for Kuuvik Capture V4.3 since V3.1

Version 4.3.1

Fixes:

  • Fixed an issue that could prevent communication with USB and Wi-Fi connected cameras.
Version 4.3

New features:

  • Added support for Canon EOS RP, 250D/Rebel SL3/Kiss X10/200D Mark II. The RAW histogram and clipping warnings are not yet supported with these cameras.
  • Added support for Canon EOS 4000D/Rebel T100/3000D and Kiss X90.
  • The copyright information template provides an easy way to set and maintain author and copyright metadata. Supports tokens for the current year (so it’s always up-to-date), owner/author name and the copyright symbol. Also sets copyright tags in IPTC information on cameras having IPTC support.
  • Owner name editing. Choose Camera > Settings > Edit Owner Name in the menu to edit it.
  • IPTC export/import for cameras that support IPTC information (EOS-1D X Mark II, 5D Mark IV, R). The created files are compatible with ShutterCount and Canon EOS Utility. Available through the Camera > Settings submenu.
  • Date/time is synchronised immediately on all connected cameras when the “Synchronise date/time with the Mac” checkbox is checked.
  • Improved interference detection with other camera control apps on macOS 10.12 and later.
Version 4.2

New features:

  • French localisation.
  • The picture style control now indicates when Canon Log is active. Bit depth is also displayed.

Changed:

  • The “Manual” white balance setting has been renamed to “Custom” to match the naming used by cameras.
Version 4.1

New features:

  • Added support for the Canon EOS R. The RAW histogram and clipping warnings are not yet supported with the EOS R.
  • Improved macOS 10.14 Mojave compatibility, including support for Dark Mode.
  • Added a menu item to quickly access our privacy policy and a privacy notice before sending a problem report.

Fixes:

  • The RAW histogram progress indicator is now cleared when live view is activated.
  • Corrected a potential camera control lock-up caused by double-clicking (instead of a single click) with the focus tool.
Version 4.0

New features:

  • The RAW histogram and clipping warning layers are now generated in the background, resulting in a faster, more fluid workflow.
  • Added a preference to be able turn off automatic RAW data loading and RAW histogram and clipping warning layer generation in cases when significantly less power consumption is required. RAW data can always be loaded on-demand for an image.
  • Up to 2x faster image display and reduced memory usage.
  • 2s and 10s self-timer drive modes set on the camera are now honoured.
  • The minimum number of shots in an intervalometer sequence is lowered to 1. Thus the intervalometer can now be used as a self-timer by specifying the time to wait with Beginning Delay and setting the Number of Shots to 1.
  • Added support for Canon 2000D/Rebel T7/1500D and M50. The RAW histogram and clipping warnings are not yet supported with the M50.
  • Added a warning when pairing is attempted in a wrong Wi-Fi connection mode.
  • Wi-Fi and Ethernet connected cameras are recognized up to 2x faster.
  • Added optional extended metadata tooltips. It can be enabled in Preferences.
  • “Show on Map” will display the location of the image in Maps. Requires GPS coordinates embedded into the image.
  • Added support for arbitrary RGB profiles in JPG files (not just sRGB and Adobe RGB). Requires macOS 10.12 or later.
  • Star ratings are now read from JPG files.

Changes:

  • The EOS 50D is considered obsolete. Kuuvik Capture may continue to work with this camera, but we no longer validate compatibility and no longer provide bug fixes or technical support for obsolete cameras.

Fixes:

  • Corrected a problem where multiple images taken within the same second may appear in the wrong order when sorting by creation date.
  • Fixed an issue where live view in movie mode could appear vertically elongated on some cameras.
Version 3.3.2

Fixes:

  • Wi-Fi and Ethernet camera connections now continue uninterrupted when the camera or the wireless transmitter erroneously stops advertising itself on the network.
  • Fixed a crash that might happen during long exposures in Bulb mode.
  • Corrected a possible hang and erratic download behaviour when shooting RAW+JPG in an exposure sequence with a pre-2017 camera.
Version 3.3.1

Fixes:

  • Corrected possible sharpening artefacts on some GPUs at 10x/16x live view magnification.
  • Double-clicking an image at an intermediate magnification level between “Fit on Screen” and 100% will now zoom to 100% instead of going to “Fit on Screen”.
Version 3.3

New features:

  • Improved sharpening and peaking implemented on our new high-performance display engine.
  • Shadow/highlight clipping warnings generated from processed (JPEG) data are now available along the RAW clipping warnings. Processed warning layers can be toggled separately from the RAW counterparts. They are available in live view and during movie recording. There are four colour themes to choose from: red/blue, yellow/purple, black/white and inverse.
  • “Clipping Warnings” toolbar button and menu item to control whether clipping warnings are visible at all, with no need to turn each layer on/off separately.
  • Reduced aliasing in the RAW shadow clipping warning layer.
  • Monochrome viewing mode.
  • Block boundary artifact reduction that activates at 75-100% zoom levels for RAW preview images. It can be disabled in Preferences.
  • Right-click context menu for live view.
  • Added a keyboard shortcut for the “Don’t Enlarge Live View” menu item.
  • Added the “Clear Markers” command to the displayed image’s right-click context menu.

Changes:

  • Sharpening is now kept at the same visual level during zooming. The previous method (increased sharpness when zoomed out) can be chosen in Preferences.
  • Keyboard shortcut for the white balance picker has changed to B. The W key now toggles clipping warnings.

Fixes:

  • Corrected an issue where image resolution might drop on Macs having a Retina display.
  • Corrected a problem with releasing the shutter when “Release shutter without card” is disabled on the camera and there’s no card in the camera.
Version 3.2

New features:

  • Dual Histogram shows Kuuvik Capture’s unique RAW histogram along with a traditional histogram generated from processed image data. The processed image’s histogram also displays the color space of the image.
  • Full support for downloading and displaying JPG files (shot in either RAW+JPG or JPG modes).
  • Clipping warnings on the histogram are shown during Live View and for JPG images.
  • Added support for EOS 6D Mark II, 200D/Rebel SL2/Kiss X9, 1300D/Rebel T6/Kiss X80. Both multi-point live view and movie recording are supported.
  • Added movie recording support for EOS 7D, 750D/Rebel T6i/Kiss X8i, 760D/Rebel T6s/8000D, 1200D/Rebel T5/Kiss X70. Movies are recorded only to the card in the camera. On the EOS 7D live view in movie mode can only be started from the camera. It is a limitation of the EOS 7D.
  • Added multi-point live view support for EOS 7D, 750D/Rebel T6i/Kiss X8i, 760D/Rebel T6s/8000D, 1200D/Rebel T5/Kiss X70.
  • Drag & drop a folder onto Kuuvik Capture to open it as a session.
  • Added preference to force the native 3:2 aspect ratio when shooting stills. It is on by default.
  • Added preference to set a preferred editor. The editor can be invoked either via the menus or by pressing Cmd+E.
  • Application names under the Open With menu item are sorted alphabetically.
  • Under-the-hood Image Browser improvements.
  • Under-the-hood display engine improvements to work on macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

Changes:

  • Increased minimum required firmware version for EOS 7D (2.0.6), 1200D/Rebel T5/Kiss X70 (1.0.2).

Fixes:

  • ISO values larger than 65535 are now displayed correctly.
  • Corrected an issue where 5DS/R files were not displayed on some Macs having an NVidia graphics chip and running macOS 10.12 Sierra.
  • Markers in the Navigator are now preserved correctly when changing images.
Version 3.1

New features:

  • Added support for Canon EOS 77D/9000D, 800D/Rebel T7i/Kiss X9i via USB and Wi-Fi connections. Movie recording and multi-point live view are supported with these cameras.
  • Added movie recording support with EOS 6D, 80D. Movies are recorded only to the card in the camera.
  • Added multi-point live view support with EOS 80D.
  • Automatic camera date, time and time zone synchronisation option. It can be enabled in Preferences.
  • Revamped Preferences window for better fit on small displays.
  • FlexiZone Single AF mode is automatically set before operations that require it (multi-point live view, zooming, Point of Operation repositioning).

Changes:

  • Increased minimum required firmware version for EOS 6D (1.1.7), 80D (1.0.2).
  • The Move tool (represented by the hand icon) has been renamed to Pan.

Fixes:

  • Picture Style and White Balance controls are now enabled before live view is started for the first time.

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