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License costs
An overview of our products and license prices is available on our Products page and on our Upgrading page.

Discounts
Discounts may be available through (and only through) our resellers, which you can find listed on our Resellers page.

Special prices for students
No - we do not offer any student discounts, instead we offer a free version of Capture called the Student Edition. There is however a special offer available for educational institutions.

How to install a license key file
License key files are installed using the Licensing dialog in Capture. The Licensing dialog can be accessed both from the welcome screen shown on startup as well as from the Tools menu.

Once you have installed the license key file you will also need to unlock it. If your Internet connection permits and you have not unlocked your license key file many times recently you can use the Automated unlock option. Should this fail you can always use the Manual unlock option which involves sending us an e-mail.

How to transfer a license to more / other computer(s)
Simply install the license key file on the new computer. No further action needs to be taken on the previous computer.

If you purchased Capture online then you received the license key file by e-mail upon purchase - use this license key file.

If you purchased Capture in a box then the box had a license key file ticket printed on it which you used to obtain your license key file. While you cannot use the license key file ticket again, you can export the license key file you obtained from within Licensing dialog.

Restrictions in license key file unlocking
We track the owner of each license key file and only allow the owner of a license key file to unlock it. For this reason it is very important to inform us of ownership as well as e-mail address changes in good time. We require a confirmation e-mail from the previously registered owner e-mail address to transfer the license to a new one.

Minimum requirements
Capture requires the minimum Windows or macOS versions stated on the Download page and a computer that fulfills the minimum requirements of these operating systems. In addition to this functional OpenGL drivers are required as well.

However, bear in mind that visualization software is very demanding on the video card. As a good referenced point for the capabilities of your hardware you may find PassMask Software's video card benchmark pages for high end GPU's useful. A PassMark G3D mark of 2000 or more could be considered a general minimum performance requirement for Capture, but in practice the actual requirements will vary a lot depending on how you use Capture.

Video card issues and startup issues
If you are running Capture on macOS then your drivers are part of the operating system and we recommend that you always update macOS to the highest version officially supported by Capture. Observe that the use of any third party drivers such as NVidias "web drivers" is not supported.

If you are running Capture on Windows, the first thing to do is to make sure that you have the latest drivers for your video card. We recommend downloading the latest drivers from the manufacturer of your video card, ie. NVidia, AMD or Intel. If your problem persists, you may need to consider an upgrade of yoru video card. If so, then please read the section on minimum requirements. If you are runnin Capture on a laptop, be ware that it may have multiple video cards and we always recommend having the latest drivers for all of them, even if you believe you are only using one of them.

Low visualization performance
The rendering settings available in Capture allow you to adjust the quality and level of detail of the visualization to match the performance of your computer.

Visit our dedicate page for visualization performance to learn how to maximize visualization performance in large projects.

How to connect a lighting console
Capture supports a number of different network protocols and methods of communication lighting consoles all of which are listed in the reference manual. If you are unsure of which to use and if your console supports it, we recommend BSR E1.31 also known as "streaming ACN" or "sACN".

You may also find this YouTube playlist of video on how to connect with specific online softwares useful.

grandMA connectivity
Capture supports MA-Net using a driver provided to us by MA Lighting. The driver supplied to us supports receiving the same amount of DMX universes otherwise output by your connected MA Lighting hardware (through DMX ports or other network protocols like Art-Net) and is only available for Windows.

Some competing lighting design and visualization softwares on the market support receiving DMX as well as DMX feedback ("autofocus") over MA-Net without the need for MA Lighting hardware. This is possible for historical reasons as they were provided with other drivers than us prior to an MA Lighting policy change. For further information and/or clarifications on this matter, please contact MA Lighting.

Network configuration
In order to connect your console with Capture you many need to configure the network settings of both the console and your computer. If you are in an office environment and the network configuration of your computer has got DHCP enabled, we recommend that you do the same with your lighting console. If not, or if you are simply running you computer and console together with a network cable and/or switch, you will need to set up static IP addresses and network masks. Here are three examples you could use:

Computer Lighting console Comment 
IP Address: 2.0.0.1
Network Mask: 255.0.0.0
IP Address: 2.0.0.2
Network Mask: 255.0.0.0
Art-Net compliant
 
 IP Address: 10.0.0.1
Network Mask: 255.0.0.0
IP Address: 10.0.0.2
Network Mask: 255.0.0.0
 
 IP Address: 192.168.0.1
Network Mask: 255.255.255.0
IP Address: 192.168.0.2
Network Mask: 255.255.255.0
Common at home
 

We recommend that you always also refer to the documentation of your lighting console. Capture will always comply with the network configuration of your computer, but your lighting console may have specific requirements and/or restrictions.

If you have multiple network connections (such as more than one ethernet cable or cable + WiFi), you may need to pay special attention to the options available inside Capture's under the Tools.. menu where you can choose which network card to use for each protocol supported.

How to report errors
First, make sure that you have the latest library from our download page. Should the error still persist, send an e-mail to library@capturesweden.com describing its nature. If the error is related ot a fixture, please try to verify that your controller is sending the appropriate DMX values required to achieve the desired result prior to contacting us.

When you're missing something
If you are missing anything from our library, please e-mail library@capturesweden.com and we will help you out.

By e-mail
If you have not found the answers you were looking for on our web site you can always reach us by e-mail to support@capturesweden.com.

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438 92 Härryda
Sweden

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