Capture One Pro 8.2 Update Released, Adds Improvements to Color Grading and Workflow

Capture One Pro 8.2 Update Released, Adds Improvements to Color Grading and Workflow

Phase One today released an update to their popular raw conversion and image editing software in the form of Capture One Pro 8.2. Version 8.2 seeks to improve the color grading experience for users of all skill levels with the new 3-way color balance tool. The update also adds support for more cameras and lenses, higher resolution image previews, and workflow improvements via “dynamic locations.”

Capture One Pro 8.2 includes a new color balance tool which simplifies the process of adjusting color in the highlights, midtones, and shadows. Rather than dealing with adjusting lines and bars with curves and levels, the 3-way color balance tool takes a much more visual and human-friendly approach towards getting the right look you’re after. According to Phase One, “brightness values are better preserved in the shadows and highlights” as well when using the new color balance method.

3-way color balance in Capture One Pro 8.2. Photo by Pete Webb.

Those that have higher resolution 4K and 5K displays will also be happy to hear that Version 8.2 bumps the maximum resolution of image previews from 2800 pixels to 5120 pixels. The color balance and curves tools are also resizeable in order to better adapt to personal preference in precision and flexibility.

The image processing workflow in Capture One Pro 8.2 has a new trick up its sleeve for project optimization. With "dynamic locations," the location of imported or processed images can be automatically sorted based on a number of user-specified criteria, such as star ratings and color tags. These dynamic modifications have real potential on photo shoots where the constant inputting and outputting of images needs to stay organized.

In addition to these fresh features, listed below are the newly added cameras and lenses that are now supported.

Camera Support

  • File and tether support for Nikon D5500
  • Tether support for Nikon D750
  • File support for Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
  • File support for Fujifilm X-A2
  • File support for Panasonic GF7
  • File support for Sony NEX- VG900E
  • Improved color for Canon EOS 7D mk II
  • Removed tethered support for Nikon D200

Lens Support

  • Zeiss Distagon T* 3.5/18mm ZF.2
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/21mm ZF.2
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15mm ZF.2
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 2/28mm ZF.2
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 3.5/18mm ZF.2
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 3.5/18mm ZF.2
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/25mm ZF.2
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 2/25mm ZF.2
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/25mm ZF.2
  • Nikon COOLPIX P340
  • Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18–70mm f/3.5–4.5G IF-ED
  • Sigma 8–16mm F4.5–5.6 DC HSM (Canon EF)

Owners of Capture One Pro 8 are eligible to update to Version 8.2 for free. If you have an earlier version, upgrading will cost a discounted $99. New customers can purchase Capture One Pro 8.2 for $299, or $10 monthly for 12 months if you prefer a subscription-based payment model.

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Since when did Color Correction convert to the video term Color Grading? Don't confuse the dumb masses :)

I was about to write the same thing. It seems that several posts here lately talk about color grading of still photos. Perhaps we'll be reading about people calling themselves "colorists" soon making the fusion of still and motion complete ;-)

Most all the big commercial photographers refer to "color grading" - such as Joey L, etc. -- and most of the commercial guys use Phase, so makes sense a Phase software product would refer that way :)

I am with bill here - if you've actually used color grading software like Davinci resolve or Adobe Speed Grade, the tool they have built here functions identically. This crossover is also an improvement and not bad thing, I hope there is even more overlap in the future.

After I color correct my images in Lightroom I take them is Photoshop for retouching and then my final process is some form of color grading using, curves, color balance or Nik. Also deciding if I want my images warmer or cooler, (Not for accuracy but for mood) using the color balance is a form of color grading. It seems like Phase is looking to take that to a whole other level. Color Grarding and Color Correction are 2 very different things...but very much relevant in Still Photography.

And once again they give 645Z users the middle finger.

I know it sounds like a corporate line, and no one wants Capture One support for Pentax, but there are two parties at play here. Pentax also has to cooperate with Phase one. Pentax also has not really full supported wired-tethering until a few months ago with their own software. Pentax, like canon and nikon have to give Capture One their camera APIs before this is even possible.

Actually talked with the 645Z rep at WPPI and tether support for Lightroom is in the works, and as far as Capture One, they supported the 645D before, but after talking with the Capture One rep theyre comment is they can provide support as they have API from Pentax for the Z but are reviewing it and have not made a decision on if they will include it. AKA, theyre mad for Pentax forcing them to discount their backs. (I went with the 645Z instead of a Mamiya/Leaf back for my Mamiya 67 PROIID due to the price gap).

whoops I miswrote above here - I "no one wants Capture One support for Pentax" - should read "more than me!!"

Thats cool, I hope they do it for lightroom.

last I checked, changing the color of an image for stylized purposes, is in fact, color grading. I could be wrong, and if I am go ahead and school me.

Nope...Your right!

Don't really see the need for this. Most photographers take it neutral then do the final grade in photoshop (much easier to keep everything consistent). But everything Capture1 does is pretty kick ass so who knows.

Johnny Rico, If you make a setting and then save it as a style in C1 you can apply it to all of your images on your current and future projects. Splitting the old color adjustment wheel into three different wheels is also much easier to understand. Also editing the raw data before taking this into photoshop will give you more accurate and vivid colors every time.

I have been playing with that update all morning. pretty fun not sure how I will use this outside of personal projects

Love love love Capture one! By the way, there's a 10% coupon for it: AMBJOE

Take my money please!

This looks similar to the tint wheels in Aperture. Those were nice for fine tuning, but they were very small and hard to use. Wonder why they chose to make these outlines instead of a colored circle so you can see where all the colors blend, fade, etc.

This addition may be handy, as long as the original tools are still there. Once you get used to working one way, it becomes part of your production workflow mojo. While some folks may work better this way, others may prefer the older layout. As long as the options are there, this is cool.

I do wish Phase One would add a deconvolver-based sharpening engine. The present unsharp masking engine is nasty. I tend to spend more time in Light room because of their sharpening engine, although some images process better in Capture One.

Works great for fixing color tints or warming up skin tones quick. This is much better than previous version.
If you want to add a fashion style with shadows tinted blue, it's easy to do now. YES you could do it before with Levels but this is much more intuitive using a color wheel rather than pulling levels sliders back and forth

And I think this is an obvious move against Lightroom. Will be much easier to create film-like presets, which there are virtually none for C1