EIP File Format – Enhanced Image Package

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The .EIP format is brilliant for moving single files to another computer. It packs your original RAW file with all setting files, including LCC files and custom ICC profiles, into one file.

With Capture One, you have the unique option of moving your image folders including all necessary information to other computers.

If you only want to move a single file to another computer, you have a simpler possibility which is to use Capture One’s .EIP file format. The .EIP file format packs your original RAW file with all necessary settings files including LCC files and custom ICC profiles into one file.

The .EIP file format doesn’t change your RAW files; it simply uses standardized zipping technology to pack all needed components into one file:

The possibility of moving just a few selected images including all necessary components to another computer can be a great advantage in your workflow.  Many photographers use laptops for shooting tethered with their camera and they often do a few adjustments upfront directly at the laptop. When they have selected the images they want to continue working with, they move them to a desktop computer with a high quality monitor.

Even though Capture One can use the .EIP format directly during import or capture, I always keep my files in the manufacturer’s RAW format until I need to move them. Then I just pack the images into the .EIP file format.

From the file menu, you can select the “Pack as EIP” to pack your RAW file including all necessary settings files into one single .EIP file.

After moving the .EIP file to another computer, you can simply use Capture One and browse to the location of the .EIP file. Capture One will display it with the identical settings as on the laptop where it was originally generated. You can keep the image file in the .EIP format or, if you want to see the original file format of the camera, you can simply unpack the .EIP file with Capture One. During the unpacking, all the needed components are installed correctly in Capture One.

The Image Quality Professor

Niels V. Knudsen

Niels V. Knudsen is Phase One’s Image Quality Professor. He is responsible for breakthrough advancements in image quality both in Phase One’s medium format camera systems and in its digital imaging software.

18 thoughts on “EIP File Format – Enhanced Image Package

  1. Kevin L Delahunty

    I work in a high volume studio and find this to be an excellent way to transfer files from the photographer, to the tech, Post production and finally for backup. We have attempted to pack as EIP at capture (preferences/image/Pack as EIP at Capture) instead of the native raw file from a 5DmkII (cr2) in both Mac OS10.68 and Win7 einvironments with mixed results. Often times we get corrupt files that bring the Win7 machine to it’s knees and requires some post to fix which do not exist when we capture as .CR2 files. I’m curiouis if there is anyone else who have successfully captured as EIP in a high volume setting (900 captures a day per set.)

    1. Guillaume

      I find that packing during import (either from card or tethered) is extremely slow. It becomes more efficient to only pack as EIPs the files that are selected and will be used in port-production.

  2. Göran Löwkrantz

    For EIP to become a viable format we need a standalone (pref. open source) pack/unpack utility so that we can integrate it into our normal workflow.

    My preference for a pack/unpack tool is a command line thing that can work on all OS (Win, Mac, Linux, BSD) to make all ingestion processes viable. If you have a command line tool and have implemented it as a library and executable, it can be used everywhere.

    This would also fix my greatest problem with EIP, the destruction of XMP files during packing, as the ingestion process could be split in EIP creation followed by sidecar XMP creation. Yes, I have a support case open for this problem.

    1. Guillaume

      It would be even better in my opinion if Phase One used an already established open source raw file with an integrated ‘xmp’ file such as Adobe’s DNG. In photography, things change so quickly and I’m worried in ten years time we might not be able to open our EIP files as they are a proprietary Phase One file as far as I know.

  3. M-A Dumas

    Use Capture One with a Phase One camera and you will never have XMP created anyhow in the process. Even with a Canon, there will be no XMP if you only use C1. Why using anything else than C1 in your process?

  4. cstarkphoto

    Hi! I have a question! I’m selecting multiple EIP files to unpack and they are not unpacking…only the first one in the group that I’ve selected is being unpacked. Can you help? Thanks.

  5. cstarkphoto

    Nevermind. Figured it out. It was the multiple edit button not selected. Thanks again.

  6. sihelyer

    Does anyone know if packing as EIP holds the meta data. Ie is the data readable outside of Capture one? say in bridge or an asset management system

    1. Niels V. Knudsen

      Hi Simon,

      An EIP file holds the metadata of an image but unfortunately an EIP file cannot be read by Adobe Bridge or the most commen asset management systems.

      All the best,


    1. sihelyer

      Thanks Again.
      The problem we are having is this. We want to put full shoots up onto our asset management system. we would like to meta tag the data first.
      Ideally we want remote users to be download the file only and not have to download the whole session to get colour styles etc. The idea was to pack as EIP to get around that.
      Our system wont read XMP sidecars and parse them to the RAW.
      Any ideas as to getting both colour styles and meta into the same (stand alone file)

  7. Guillaume

    Thanks for your blog entry.

    It would be much better for Phase One users if Phase One packed raw files as Adobe’s open source DNG file format (also no sidecar xmp file same as EIPs) instead of this current method. As far as I know, EIP is a proprietary Phase One file format. In ten years time, who knows if we’ll be able to open our raw files.

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    1. The Image Quality Professor Post author

      Hi Sean,

      It doesn’t appear if you try right-clicking on a thumbnail? It should be turning up if you do so!

      All the best,


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