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Kuuvik Capture

By DIRE Studio

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Unleash the power of tethered shooting

Connecting your camera to a computer opens up a multitude of new possibilities. You'll benefit from working on a large screen, precise exposure control and improved focusing accuracy — a must for today's high-megapixel cameras. Besides being lightning fast at basic tasks, a handful of highly advanced composition and evaluation tools make Kuuvik Capture the leading Canon EOS remote control app available today.

Live view on a higher level

No other app comes close to what Kuuvik Capture's live view offers. Starting with focusing assistance with real-time sharpening and peaking tools. Through intuitive navigation, focus pulling and alignment grid controls. And culminating in multi-point live view* that makes optimizing depth of field and focusing tilt-shift lenses a breeze. All the while consuming up to 5x less energy than other solutions.

* Multi-point live view is available on select cameras only (see below).

Rich automation toolset

From simple mirror lock-up and release automation, through 15-shot exposure brackets to 100-shot focus brackets, the app covers everything. You can freely combine brackets with the intervalometer and mirror lock-up, while the Bracketing Monitor oversees your settings and warns you about potential problems. You'll never want to revert to the camera's built-in automation features after trying Kuuvik Capture.

Star the best, trash the rest

Culling a shoot is as easy as selecting the best images and let Kuuvik Capture remove the rest. And this even works on images shoot untethered, outside of the app. Like on a wedding or sport event. The fast image decoding and display engine allows us to skip time consuming preview generation, which is a huge boon when working on thousands of images.

A RAW shooter's best friend

Kuuvik Capture aims to assist you in creating the best and highest quality images possible. This is why we focus on working with RAW files only. The RAW histogram and clipping warnings help you avoid exposure issues, while the special Unitary WB brings RAW-like histogram capability to the untethered camera. Utilizing industry-standard XMP metadata means that your RAW converter will pick up* where Kuuvik Capture finished its job.

* Requires an XMP-aware RAW converter, such as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

System requirements

・256 MB or more graphics memory in your Mac.
・Working with EOS 5DS/R and 5D IV images require 512 MB or more graphics memory and support for 16k textures. Images will be downsized to 24 megapixels for display if these requirements are not met (RAW files remain in their full resolution).


Supported cameras

Full support with multi-point live view:
・EOS 5DS (see requirements above)
・EOS 5DS R (see requirements above)
・EOS 5D Mark III
・EOS 6D (1)
・EOS 7D Mark II
・EOS 70D (1)
・EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 / Kiss X7
・EOS 700D / Rebel T5i / Kiss X7i

Full support:
・EOS-1D X Mark II
・EOS-1D Mark IV
・EOS 5D Mark II
・EOS 5D Mark IV (see requirements above) (1)
・EOS 50D
・EOS 60D
・EOS 80D (1)
・EOS 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss X4
・EOS 600D / Rebel T3i / Kiss X5
・EOS 650D / Rebel T4i / Kiss X6i
・EOS 750D / Rebel T6i / Kiss X8i (1)
・EOS 760D / Rebel T6s / 8000D (1)
・EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 / Kiss X50
・EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 / Kiss X70

Basic support:
・EOS-1Ds Mark III

You may need to upgrade the camera's firmware to the latest available version to be able to use it with Kuuvik Capture.

(1) Wi-Fi must be disabled when connected through USB as it blocks the USB port when enabled.

Wi-Fi and/or Ethernet connection is supported on EOS-1D X, 1D X II, 1D C, 5D III, 5D IV, 5DS/R, 6D, 7D II, 70D, 80D. Network connection may require the optional Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 (5D series, 7D II) or WFT-E6/E8 (for Wi-Fi on 1D series).


What's New in Version 2.5

New features:
• Added support for the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV over both USB and Wi-Fi(1) connections.
• Capturing RAW+JPG Large/Fine files is now supported. JPG files are saved to the camera's memory card only.
• Performance improvements: up to 6% faster RAW decoding, slightly faster image downloads, up to 5% faster camera communication.

(1) The Easy Connection option creates an EXTREMELY slow network and thus not recommended. Select an existing network instead.


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Customer Reviews

Works Great!

Purchased because Canon EOS Utility doesn’t work with Sierra, and needed some tethering software that would meet my needs of HDR photography. Was reluctant because of the price so reached out to their support e-mail first, and they replied right away and let me know the refund policies, so I did purchase. I think it’s a bit too expensive for what it is, but there aren’t any alternatives out there at the moment.

The site and application doesn’t come with documentation which is something I hope they fix - I see them writing a “book” but I think they want to charge for it, which I’d be very disappointed with - expensive software + paid documentation - so I chose to write down the features I use in case it’s what you’re after:

- Live View at a reasonable FPS - not flawless but better than Canon EOS
- Can store directly on your laptop instead of the SD card which is nice
- Control over shutter speed, f-stop, and ISO
- Intervalometer - ability to take X number of shots and define a timer both before the capture starts and between each shot
- Mouse-click on Live View to auto-zoom
- Various guides presets, including ability to define your own (think Photoshop guides)

HDR Photography:
- Supports bracketing where you can define the baseline (middle, upper, lower), number of shots up to 15 (which is more than my camera supports alone - 3), and 1/3 step intervals between each shot.
- Includes a really neat bracketing meter (see 4th image, those green dots) that tells you before you shoot if your brightness levels are going to work or not. Comes in green (good), yellow (warning), and red (white or black), so you can either adjust your exposure to accomodate the number of shots, or just reduce the number of shots to prevent wasted images.
- The type of HDR they use is different. HDR to me means creating brackets with differences in light - dark, baseline, and light. The only way to achieve this is in Manual mode, define the aperture and ISO, the baseline shutter-speed, and then choose Exposure: Shutter Speed. This Exposure:Shutter Speed option is only available in Manual mode, but with the LiveView I am more confident using this mode than I was using just the camera which was mostly guess-work for me.
- The other type of brackets available include ISO, Aperature, and Focus. ISO and Aperature will of course, increase and decrease the ISO or Aperature with each shot. I personally don’t use this type of HDR photography, but some do. The other one which I think is great for long-range lenses is Focus. Each step will change the focus very slightly so if your manual focus is off, or you have a mix of background and foreground objects that are difficult to work with, focus HDR is pretty useful for this.
- With Bracketing + Intervalometer, you can take several shots automatically - basically it will make your bracket of X photos Y times. Useful for live photography with a lot of moving objects in it.

The only thing I will say I do not like about the software, and I think it’s an easy fix for the developers, is the ability to select multiple images in the Image Browser. Since the ability to take multiple shots, it should make sense to select multiple images for mass deletion, or opening with external software that handles multiple images for HDR at a time. This is not possible via CMD+A, SHIFT+Click, or CMD+Click. I tried to delete the images from my hard drive with the application open hoping it would update the Image Browser, but it doesnt; instead you get an error "2016-10-26 09:27:09 [303] The file “/Users/xxx/Pictures/Kuuvik/Kuuvik/_MG_0125.CR2” is missing.” so you then have to quit and restart the application. If developers read these reviews, I strongly encourage to fix this.

Hope this helps guide you in making a purchasing decision. For $79.99 I think it’s a bit much, but again there aren’t any good alternatives out there for HDR photography, let alone tethering. I only found two - one was $50 but not good for HDR, and the other was $300 and overly complicated anyway.


Kuuvik Capture
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  • $79.99
  • Category: Photography
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  • Version: 2.5
  • Size: 3.4 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor

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