Motion Capture Suit

Motion Capture Suit

Motion capture systems have traditionally required the use of a motion capture suit to track the movements of a subject. Motion Analysis now offers BaSix, our suitless full-body active markers. BaSix markers use configurable LED arrays that can be equipped by the subject in under a minute. Without the use of a mocap suit, subjects have more freedom of movement and getting set up for motion capture takes significantly less time. Whether you're developing a training program, creating animated characters, or measuring an athlete's performance, our BaSix tracking markers make the process more efficient and streamlined. BaSix is compatible with all Motion Analysis systems and older editions of Cortex. Contact us today to request a quote on our mocap systems.

How Does Motion Capture Work?

Motion capture, also called mocap, is a process of digitally tracking, capturing, and recording the movement of people or objects. It's a technique that's commonly used in the entertainment industry for use in video games or movies, although it has broad applications for a wide range of industries. The movements are captured using tracking cameras, and the movement data is then sent to a computer that has motion capture software installed. The data is then used to create 3D digital characters, measure movement, conduct ergonomic studies, inform physical therapy treatment, or develop virtual prototypes and training programs.

Traditional markers need to be used with a motion capture suit. They need to be applied very precisely for the system to accurately track and capture data. BaSix makes preparing for motion tracking quick, easy, and efficient. BaSix uses six active markers that are equipped on six key locations of the body:
  • The tops of each hand (secured by gloves)
  • The tops of both feet (secured by foot straps)
  • The top of the head (secured by a visor)
  • The rear waist (secured by a belt)
All tracking is done optically. The markers are extremely durable, with recessed LEDs to protect them from damage. As self-contained units, they don't require the use of a base station. BaSix has a long battery life and can typically perform all day with a single charge. They can also be used in addition to passive markers and a mocap suit. While BaSix is compatible with older versions of Cortex, you will need Cortex 8 or later to use the integrated prop solver. If you'd like to learn more about BaSix or our motion capture systems, give us a call at +1 (707) 579-6521 or fill out our online form.

Motion Capture for Education

The use of motion capture for education is fairly new but, it presents exciting opportunities for educators and students alike. Our motion capture systems empower schools to provide their students with state-of-the-art technology and training for animation, robotics, biomechanics, and more. Cortex, our motion tracking and editing software, is intuitive and easy to use and integrate into your curriculum. Motion Analysis systems give your institution a competitive edge while offering a first-class educational experience to students. Contact us today to request a free quote.

What is Motion Capture?

Motion capture is the process of tracking and recording the movement of an individual or object to recreate their movements. It utilizes a motion-tracking camera, specially designed markers, and a computer equipped with Cortex software. The markers are placed at key locations of movement on the body, such as joints. The camera tracks these markers and sends the movement data to the computer, where it can be used to render 3D characters or objects.

Motion capture provides many benefits and unlimited potential for education. It's low-cost and suitable for a wide range of skill levels. Educational materials can be created in an animated form, which can improve engagement in the classroom. Students who are going into the video game or entertainment industry can get a head start using the technology that's become the industry standard. Motion capture can help students gain a better understanding of biomechanics and ergonomics. It provides essential tools for students to learn about rehabilitation, injuries, or difficulty in movement due to sports activities or congenital issues. Likewise, mocap is useful for education related to robotics, VR, and AR.

Cortex includes integrated tools and additional modules for use in any application. Our systems include high-quality, low-latency mocap cameras and markers. If you'd like to learn more about using motion capture for education or request a quote, contact us today by calling +1 (707) 579-6521 or fill out our online form.

Motion Capture Technology for Video Games


Motion capture technology has revolutionized the ability to create realistic characters and environments for video games. Cortex, our motion capture software, is accurate, flexible, and allows for the fastest animation pipeline in the industry. Using our motion capture system, game animators can produce a significantly larger amount of animation data compared to traditional animation. This can greatly reduce overall costs and post-production time. If you'd like to request a quote for our mocap systems for video games, please contact us.

How Does Motion Capture Technology for Video Games Work?

Motion capture uses motion-tracking cameras to capture the movement of an actor or object wearing motion tracking markers. The data is sent to a computer equipped with motion capture software, like Cortex. Cortex takes the motion capture data and creates a virtual skeleton that moves with the actor in real-time. As the actor performs, the director and the production team can see watch a preliminary animated version of the actor's performance. Once the desired performance has been achieved, the character can be animated over the skeleton in post-production or real-time.

Our motion capture technology offers a perfect solution for video games and movies. Cortex has a unique identification process that allows it to capture even the most subtle movements. Physical interactions, like weight or exchange of forces, can be captured with low-latency results. This allows them to be rendered in a physically accurate way. Our mocap software also features integrated, industry-exclusive solvers that allow easy, one-step retargeting and skeleton creation. Additionally, Cortex is compatible with Maya, MotionBuilder, Unity, and Unreal game engines.

Our mocap packages include everything you need for designing video games. We currently have five different models of cameras, all of which are compact, highly accurate, and low latency. Give us a call at +1 (707) 579-6521 to learn more or email us at sales@motionanalysis.com.

Virtual Reality Motion Tracking

Virtual reality relies on motion tracking to immerse subjects in a true virtual world. Without motion tracking, subjects are restricted, unable to look around, or explore. Virtual motion capture allows you to use the same movements you do in real life to interact with a virtual environment. Our motion capture systems provide a streamlined solution for realistic motion capture. We also provide a VRPN server for streaming real-time data for applications requiring six degrees of freedom (6 DoF) tracked objects. Please contact us to learn more about our virtual motion capture systems.

How Does Virtual Reality Motion Tracking Work?

Motion tracking is the process of digitizing the movement of a subject or object. Our virtual motion capture system uses optical methods to track and capture movement. Optical systems track the position of markers in 3D and assemble the data into an approximation of the subject’s movements. These markers are placed at key positions on the body, like joints or on the face. This allows the cameras to capture subtle and complex movements. Once captured, the motion is then mapped out on a virtual skeleton, creating characters or objects that move realistically. In a virtual environment, motion tracking allows you to experience the 3D environment as though you were physically there. Motion capture puts the real-life, immersive element in virtual reality. While video games are one commonly known application, there are many uses beyond the entertainment industry. Some examples of how virtual reality motion tracking is now being used include:
  • Surgical simulations that allow surgeons to practice new procedures
  • Flight simulators for commercial airplane pilots and the military
  • Helping soldiers with PTSD learn to cope with their symptoms
  • Training medical student to use medical devices, such as ultrasounds
  • Creating product prototypes
These are just a few ways motion capture and virtual reality is being used to perfect training and processes for industries around the world. Contact us at +1 (707) 579-6521 or at sales@motionanalysis.com to request a quote.

Virtual Reality in The Military

Virtual reality is being increasingly utilized in the military for training. Virtual environments allow troops to increase proficiency while mitigating fatalities. As one report by the National Defense Authorization Act showed, recent training deaths of U.S. troops were nearly four times the fatality rate in combat. Our motion capture systems allow squads to train in real-time virtual environments safely without risk. Cortex allows for troops to repeatedly re-enact scenarios until all members of the squad have reached the desired aptitude level. Additionally, utilizing virtual reality for training substantially cuts costs. Contact us today to learn more or to request a quote.

How is Virtual Reality Used in the Military?

Virtual reality is particularly useful for training soldiers in combat or other dangerous situations where they have to learn to react quickly in an appropriate manner. Using a virtual environment allows them to do this safely without risk of fatality. Currently, all three branches of the military use virtual reality to improve the safety of their training sessions. Some common uses of virtual reality for training purposes include:
  • Flight simulation
  • Medic training in the battlefield
  • Virtual boot camp
  • Battlefield simulations
  • Vehicle simulations
Virtual reality has also been used more recently to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Soldiers who are suffering from PTSD can learn how to deal with their symptoms in a safe environment. Troops can be exposed to situations that are triggering and taught how to adjust. This helps decrease their PTSD symptoms and allows them to cope with new or unexpected situations. Our motion capture systems offer a complete set of tools for use in military training sessions. Since our systems offer low-latency streaming, the risk of motion sickness is greatly reduced. Cortex can track a single individual or an entire squad. Contact us today at +1 (707) 579-6521 or send us an email at sales@motionanalysis.com to request a quote.

Army Virtual Reality Training

Motion capture software is commonly associated with the entertainment industry, but it’s increasingly being utilized for army virtual reality training. Cortex offers an expandable solution for training in an immersive real-time virtual environment. Our systems provide low-latency streaming. Individuals participating in army virtual training are far less likely to experience motion sickness. Cortex also offers the ability to track a single individual or an entire squad. Set-up for the VR environment is quick and straightforward – as soon as the markers are in place, the system is ready for use. Contact us to learn more or to request a quote.

Virtual Reality in the Military

The army adopted virtual reality for training earlier than commercial markets. Currently, it’s used by the military in all three major branches: the army, the air force, and the navy. Virtual reality is utilized for a variety of purposes, including:
  • Flight and battlefield simulations
  • Medical training
  • Vehicle simulations
  • Virtual boot camps.
  • Analyzing military maneuvers and battlefield positioning.
The army’s goal is to provide realistic training for soldiers while mitigating risk. A report by the National Defense Authorization Act found that nearly four times as many U.S. troops died in training accidents in 2017 than in combat. And, according to the report, this statistic wasn’t isolated to 2017 alone. Accidental deaths were shown to exceed combat-related deaths every year since 2015. Army virtual training allows troops to conduct training sessions in a safe environment, eliminating the risk of fatalities. Squads can safely increase their proficiency, even with a stream of new soldiers arriving at the unit. Army virtual reality training bridges the gap between individual training and collective training. Another benefit of using virtual reality for training is that squads are able to get more repetitions of training sessions within a shorter amount of time than if they were training in a real-world environment. The virtual environment can be molded as needed, and training can be conducted at significantly lower costs. All training sessions can be easily reviewed after they’ve been completed. Our motion capture systems offer an ideal solution for army virtual reality training. Motion Analysis systems are expandable, field upgradable, and offer quick set-up for virtual environments. If you’d like to learn more, contact us at +1 (707) 579-6521 or send us an email at sales@motionanalysis.com.

Motion Capture Software


Cortex is the most powerful motion capture software available. Our software is utilized worldwide by a variety of industries, including biomechanics, entertainment, virtual reality, engineering, education, and movement analysis. Regardless of the application, Cortex allows you to streamline and speed up processes. Our motion capture software is intuitive, straightforward, and flexible enough to meet the needs of any industry. For more than 35 years, Motion Analysis has been on the cutting edge of motion capture technology. Contact us today to learn more about our full body motion capture systems or request a quote.

What is Motion Capture Software?

Motion capture (also known as mocap) is the process of tracking and recording the movement of a subject or object. The data from motion capture can be used for a wide variety of purposes. The application that most people are familiar with is for use in the entertainment industry. Animators can use motion capture data to render realistic 3D characters with lifelike, fluid movements.

The uses of motion capture software go far beyond entertainment, however. Some other uses of motion capture include:
  • Studying biomechanics
  • Developing treatment plans for patients
  • Evaluating and improving athletic performance
  • Reducing athletic injuries
  • Making more accurate athletic coaching assessments
  • Creating virtual product prototypes
  • Studying the ergonomics of repetitive movements
  • Creating augmented and virtual reality training for the military
  • Robotics research

How Does Motion Capture Work?

Full body motion capture uses cameras to track the movements of a subject who is wearing markers. The movement data is sent to a tracking computer equipped with Cortex and processed to create a virtual skeleton that moves with the subject in real-time. In sports applications, this allows coaches to monitor a player's form, as well as equipment angles, kinetics, and kinematics. Movies directors can see a preview of what an actor's performance will look like. Medical professionals can study a patient's mobility, then use this information to inform more effective treatment.

Cortex has a variety of embedded tools and add-ons for use with any application. We also offer highly accurate, low latency mocap cameras and markers. BaSix, our latest markers, are six configurable LED arrays that don't require the use of a suit. They can be fitted on a subject in under 60 seconds and are secured using comfortable accessories. If you'd like to learn more about our full body motion capture systems, contact us at +1 (707) 579-6521.

Sport Motion Analysis Coaching Training Systems


Sports motion analysis coaching training systems are the surest way for athletes to reduce injuries and improve performance. Training sessions can be improved using scientific data rather than subjective observations. Cortex motion capture software provides a complete set of visualization tools for a variety of athletic activities. It's capable of capturing and identifying even the most complex movements of subjects and objects. Cortex is also upgradable with a number of solutions for the assessment of sport-specific movements. Contact us today to request a quote.

What is Sport Motion Analysis?

Sport motion analysis looks at the biomechanics of athletes using motion capture software, cameras, and markers. Many sports involve subtle, complex movements and high velocities. These are difficult to assess accurately using 2D video. Motion capture software allows for these movements to be assessed in depth in 3D. Sports motion analysis is primarily used to:
  • Avoid and prevent injuries
  • Understand the demands of the sport from a scientific basis
  • Address and improve performance using scientific data
  • Create or improve athlete training programs
At the highest level of a sport, a player's availability and games missed due to injury affect the entire team's performance and success. By studying a player's technique and reducing the risk of injury, a sports team can improve their overall performance and stay competitive. Sports motion analysis coaching and training systems provide athletes and coaches with objective data that helps them understand and improve upon performance. Many coaches rely on what they observe in real-time to develop their coaching decisions. Research has shown that coaches are only able to recall about 40% of the performance factors they've observed. This means that they aren't utilizing the full picture. Using sports motion analysis coaching and training systems, coaches can track and capture even the most subtle movements. This data can then be used to take a more holistic approach to training. We offer complete motion capture packages, including software, motion capture cameras, and markers. Additional packages are available for tracking and measurement of specific activities, including:
  • BattingTrak - Baseball and softball hitting assessment
  • PitchTrak - Baseball pitching assessment
  • RunTrak - Assesses the hips and legs during running
  • LiftTrak - Lower back assessment during lifting
  • JumpTrak - Vertical jumping and jump landing assessment
  • GolfTrak - Golf swing assessment
Contact us at +1 (707) 579-6521 us to learn more or to place an order for your motion capture system.

Baseball Motion Capture


Cortex is a powerful tool for baseball motion capture. It offers an accurate way to track, measure, and assess the biomechanics of athletes. Using motion capture data, coaches and trainers can identify ways to increase performance and maximize training sessions. Additional solutions are available for baseball-specific movements, such as pitching and batting. Our baseball motion capture technology is the best way for your team to achieve goals, prevent injury, and gain a competitive edge. Contact us today to place your order or request a quote.

Why Use Motion Capture for Baseball?

Baseball involves complex movements and high velocities that are difficult to capture using 2D video. With baseball motion capture technology, each subtle movement of the player can be tracked and captured in 3D. This provides a complete view for assessment, training, injury prevention, and research.

We offer two additional solutions for baseball motion capture: PitchTrak and BattingTrak. PitchTrak measures critical biomechanical parameters during left-handed and right-handed baseball pitching. PitchTrak produces a complete kinetic and kinematic report of the upper body, as well as measurements on the player's technique. Likewise, BattingTrak measures and tracks the player's biomechanical parameters during left or right-handed baseball hitting swings. BattingTrak includes a complete kinetic and kinematic report of the upper, as well as stance and step length and width. Both solutions can be used to show whether a player's technique puts them at risk of injury or to examine the progress of a player over time. Additionally, it can be used to compare the biomechanics among players. BattingTrak and PitchTrak are add-ons for Cortex. Both solutions are easy to set up. They feature an intuitive user interface and printable reports.

If you'd like to learn more about our baseball motion capture software, give us a call at +1 (707) 579-6521. Or email us at sales@motionanalysis.com.

Physical Therapy Motion Capture

Physical therapy motion capture is becoming increasingly common in the medical industry. Utilizing the same technology used in creating animated characters for film and broadcast, doctors and physical therapists can make more informed assessments and treatment. Our software, Cortex, makes motion capture physical therapy streamlined and simplified. For over 35 years, professionals from a wide range of industries have used our motion capture technology to improve processes, improve quality of life, and save time and money. Contact us today to learn more or request a quote.

How is Motion Capture Used in the Medical Industry?

Motion capture is used in a variety of medical settings, including:
  • Orthopedics
  • Injury diagnosis
  • Physical therapy
  • Preventive medicine
  • MRI diagnostics
  • Training medical professionals
Injury diagnosis and physical therapy have particularly benefited from the use of motion capture. Motion capture helps physical therapists understand the movements of a patient so they can better address their needs. Physical therapists can examine how certain movements apply stress to joints, muscles, or ligaments. Using this data, they can develop more effective treatment plans. Cortex has several specialized solutions for use in motion capture physical therapy and sports biometrics. We also offer addition embedded software solutions. GaitTrak and RunTrak are designed for accurate, quick, and simplified walking and running gait analysis. The data from these solutions can be used to indicate inclinations toward injury or to examine the technique and power outage of each leg. Additionally, we offer activity specific additions for sports biometrics, including: We also offer complete motion capture packages including, low-latency mocap cameras and marker sets. Would you like to learn more about how Cortex motion capture software can improve your organization's physical therapy? Contact us today by calling +1 (707) 579-6521 or email us at sales@motionanalysis.com.