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Lighting design software

Save time with a lighting design, documentation and visualisation software that is both easy to learn and rewarding to use! Capture is a native macOS and Windows application that lets you work with lighting, video, laser, moving scenery and water effects. Where Capture truly excels is with its ease of use and seamless switching between design, documentation and visualization. This provides an unprecedented level of flexibility and ability to support different types of design processes. It encourages you to try out new workflows find faster ways of working.

Designing with Capture

Whether you're looking to create a simple 2D sketch or a full-blown 3D plot, Capture has you covered. Try as many fixtures as you need, at different hanging positions and with different gels or gobos. Adapt easily to any set design changes or sudden new restrictions. Do even more with Capture's impressive 3D model import capabilities and excellent integration with other lighting control and design products.

Quickly model any location using a variety of built-in dynamic shapes in no time.

import 3D models with materials, layers and meta-data from a wide range of other softwares.

Import and export patch information using CSV and XML files to and from lighting consoles and other design software.

Use layers, filters and scenes to manage and organize large designs with ease.

Use the spreadsheet-style Fixtures tab to quickly navigate and manage all your fixtures.

The control pane provides instant control of your fixtures with any fuss or need to understand DMX channel layouts.

Documentation comes easy

Great plots and reports are only a click away in Capture! Design changes instantly update plots and reports, which saves you from having to redo any paperwork. Filter, gobo, focus and patching information appears automatically for all fixture types. With a high readability and a wide range of configuration options you have total control of your paperwork. You can also add some personalisation for that extra professional touch!

Specialized truss rendering and fixture symbols deliver easy to read plots even when they are packed with information.

Use plot styles to customize the looks of and information available on plots. Apply different styles to different plots.

Add dimensions and symbols to any plot to provide that extra bit of information - perfect for rigging plots.

The plot editor lets you add any views and information you need to a plot, including automatic symbol and layer keys.

Choose from a selection of configurable reports, groupable and sortable in different ways.

Visualise with brilliance

Bring lighting, media and motion into your visualisation. Our rendering engine's outstanding colour accuracy and amazing performance will impress you right away! With a complete library of lighting fixtures, trusses, LED panels and video projectors you have everything you need to make your ideas come to life. When your design is complete you can render it to high quality image and video files. You can also export Capture's unique, stand-alone, presentations which deliver full interactivity with your design.

Connect to any lighting console to visualise. Exchange patch information, focus positions and more with leading console brands.

Simulate standard and transparent LED panels with correct pixel pitch. Set up back and front video projections.

Simulate aerial laser effects and projections in with content from any laser control system.

Simulate moving scenery controlled by external staging systems in real-time. Emulate staging systems using DMX.

Create realistic image and movie renders of your design. Watermark with them with your logotype and project information.

Export interactive presentations to send to your clients. Impress them with a real-time demo of your design looks!

Specifications of Capture

Model file import formats
  • DXF/DWG
  • SKP
  • C4D
  • OBJ
  • 3DS
  Ethernet DMX protocols
  • Art-Net
  • CITP
  • Compulite VC
  • High End Hog visualizer connectivity driver
  • ETC Net 2
  • MA-Net 2 (Windows only, MA software version 2.9+)
  • sACN
Model file export formats
  • DXF/DWG
USB DMX input devices
  • EntTec DMX USB Pro
  • EntTec DMX USB Pro Mk2
Data file import formats
  • CSV
  • CSV, ETC EOS flavour
Streaming video media protocols
  • CITP/MSEX
  • NewTek NDI
  • Green Hippo HMap 3
Data file export formats
  • CSV
  • XML for Hog
  • XML for grandMA 2
Streaming laser media protocols
  • CITP/CAEX
  • LaserAnimation
  • Pangolin Beyond
USB devices
  • 3Dconnexion Space Mouse
Motion tracking protocols
  • Blacktrax RTTrP
  • Kinesys K2
  • PosiStageNet
Specifications of Capture
Model file import formats
  • DXF/DWG
  • SKP
  • C4D
  • OBJ
  • 3DS
Model file export formats
  • DXF/DWG
Data file import formats
  • CSV
  • CSV, ETC EOS flavour
Data file export formats
  • CSV
  • XML for Hog
  • XML for grandMA 2
USB devices
  • 3Dconnexion Space Mouse
Ethernet DMX protocols
  • Art-Net
  • CITP
  • Compulite VC
  • High End Hog 3 & 4 (Windows only)
  • ETC Net 2
  • MA-Net 2 (Windows only, MA software version 2.9+)
  • sACN
USB devices
  • EntTec DMX USB Pro
  • EntTec DMX USB Pro Mk2
Streaming video media protocols
  • CITP/MSEX
  • Green Hippo HMap 3
  • NewTek NDI
Streaming laser media protocols
  • CITP/CAEX
  • LaserAnimation
  • Pangolin Beyond
Motion tracking protocols
  • Blacktrax RTTrP
  • Kinesys K2
  • PosiStageNet

Join the Capture family

New licences as well as upgrades from previous Capture versions are all available both from our dealers and in our web shop. Upgrade prices to higher editions are always the difference in price between new licences of the editions in question.

For full details on licensing, update and upgrade policies, see our licensing page.

Edition comparison table and new licence prices

Capture Edition Licence Price Universes Local Video Streaming Video Laser Feeds Water Jets
Solo €395 1 1 1 1 10
Duet €795 2 2 2 2 20
Quartet €1295 4 4 4 4 40
Symphony €2195
Capture Edition Solo Duet Quartet Symphony
Licence Price €395 €795 €1295 €2195
Universes 1 2 4
Local Video 1 2 4
Streaming Video 1 2 4
Laser Feeds 1 2 4
Water Jets 10 20 40

Prices for upgrading to another edition

Upgrade between Capture Editions
Solo Duet €400
Solo Quartet €900
Solo Symphony €1800
Duet Quartet €500
Duet Symphony €1400
Quartet Symphony €900

Prices for upgrading to Capture 2019

Capture Edition Upgrade Price
Solo €99
Duet €119
Quartet €129
Symphony €149

Capture Edition Solo Duet Quartet Symphony
Upgrade Price €99 €119 €129 €149

Upgrades to Capture 2019 are priced the same regardless of which version you own; Capture Polar, Capture Argo, Capture Atlas, Capture Nexum or Capture 2018.

For educational institutions

Educational institutions may use one license of any edition on an unlimited number of seats per location. In order to be eligible for this offer we require that you purchase your license using an educational institution e-mail address and notify us by e-mail to sales@capture.se after completing your purchase. Your institution must be a secondary school, college, university or career state-accredited school.