Motion Capture Software

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.

Biomechanic Physical Therapy

Cortex motion capture software offers an efficient solution for developing biomechanic physical therapy. Cortex is utilized by coaches, trainers, physical therapists, and other occupational professionals to capture, measure, track, and assess a subject's movements for a variety of purposes. It's used to create treatment plans, identify movements that contribute to injury, or to develop products. With numerous specialized modules, it offers the most complete set of tools for biomechanical analysis in the industry. Contact us today to request a quote.

How Are Biomechanics Used in Physical Therapy?

Biomechanics is the study and science of how organisms move. In physical therapy, conducting a biomechanical analysis can point to where a person is experiencing physical dysfunction. Physical therapists can then use this data to determine the best course of treatment. Often, these assessments are used for gait, which is movement made by the lower extremities during locomotion. However, it can be used for the upper extremities or to look at the movement of the body as a whole. Cortex has additional embedded solutions to examine specific types of biometrics. These include PitchTrak, BattingTrak, LiftTrak, FootTrak, GolfTrak, JumpTrak, GaitTrak, RunTrak. Beyond biomechanic physical therapy, biomechanics can also be used in ergonomic studies to examine how repetitive movements can cause stress-related injuries. Ford Motor Company used our motion capture technology to study and effectively reduce worker injury rate by 70%. Using more than 52 motion-capture markers placed on employees' bodies, the ergonomists were able to record more than 5,000 data points to evaluate muscle strengths and weaknesses, as well as joint strain and body imbalances. In addition, new vehicle quality increased to five times the national average as worker's injury rates declined. For over 35 years, Motion Analysis has been the industry leader in motion capture technology. Our motion capture systems have been used at hundreds of sites around the world for solutions in a wide range of industries. Cortex enables our customers to improve products, treatments, and processes, as well as reduce costs and time. We offer complete mocap packages, including software, cameras, and marker sets. If you'd like to learn more or request a quote, contact us at +1 (707) 579-6521 or email us at sales@motionanalysis.com.

Sports Biomechanics

Cortex motion capture software offers an efficient solution for sports biomechanics assessments. Used by industry professionals worldwide, Cortex allows you to accurately capture, track, and measure a subject's movements. This data can then be used to improve performance, prevent injury, or develop treatment. With the most complete set of visualization tools, our motion capture software is the best solution for precise biomechanics of sport and exercise. Contact us today to learn more or request a quote.

What is Sports Biomechanics, and How is it Used?

Biomechanics is the science and study of the movement of living beings. Sports biomechanics is a subfield focused on studying the mechanics of movement during athletic activities or exercise. This includes looking at how forces interact, as well as the effect of those forces on the body. Biomechanics of sport and exercise can explain how and why the body moves as it does. For example, in baseball, sports biomechanics would include the interplay between the athlete, the environment, and the athletic equipment. Biomechanics of sport and exercise is used in several ways. Researchers and educators can use it to study or explain how the laws of physics affect the function of the human body. It can be utilized by coaches and trainers to study an athlete's performance or to compare the performance of several athletes. Biomechanics can identify the optimal technique for athletic activities or exercise, thereby limiting the risk of injury. Physical therapists can use biomechanics to develop treatment plans and improve recovery time. Cortex has embedded add-on modules which provide measurements for specific activities. These include:
  • PitchTrak - baseball pitching assessment
  • BattingTrak - baseball and softball hitting swing assessment
  • LiftTrak - lower back assessment during lifting
  • FootTrak - rearfoot and forefoot movement assessment
  • GolfTrak - golf swing assessment
  • JumpTrak - vertical jumping and jump landing assessment
  • GaitTrak - full-body walking gait assessment
  • RunTrak - Hip and leg running gait assessment
We offer complete motion capture packages which include compact, low-latency motion capture cameras and marker systems.  Our new BaSix suitless full-body active markers are configurable LED arrays that can be fitted to your subject in under 60 seconds. With no suit required, subjects are able to move naturally and without restriction. Contact us today at +1 (707) 579-6521 to learn more or to place your order. Or feel free to email us at sales@motionanalysis.com.

Full Body Gait Analysis


Cortex motion capture software provides professionals in the medical and sports performance industries an easy, streamlined way to perform full body gait analysis. Cortex has embedded software solutions for gait analysis: GaitTrak and RunTrak. These are both available for an additional fee. Our specialized solutions compute and report the primary biomechanical parameters used during walking or running. Our gait analysis software has an intuitive interface that makes gait easy to track and measure. For over 35 years, Motion Analysis has been on the cutting edge of motion capture technology and innovation. Our industry gold-standard software will significantly improve your efficiency and productivity in any motion capture application.

What is Gait Analysis?

Gait analysis is the study of a subject's movement patterns while running or walking. It can be conducted on the lower extremities only, or on the entire body. Full body gait analysis looks at the interaction between the whole body. With many applications, it's important to consider the mechanics of the hips and trunk, as they play a vital role in controlling the mechanics of the hips and trunk. In medical settings, this may be used to evaluate how the movements in one area of the body may contribute to overworking the tissues in another area of the body. This information can then be used to diagnose conditions and create treatment plans. Full body gait analysis can also be used to identify inefficiencies in an athlete's form or to determine the cause of an athlete's injuries.

Whether you plan to use gait analysis software for medical, athletic, or other purposes, you'll find that Cortex is robust enough to meet the needs of any application. GaitTrak streamlines gait analysis by generating a simplified gait measurement report using Microsoft Excel templates. Cortex can also be upgraded to include BattingTrak and PitchTrak, an integrated software which tracks and measures an athlete's batting and pitching movements, respectively. These applications allow for easy evaluation of technique, or to compare one player's biomechanics with another.

In addition to Cortex, we also offer low-latency, highly accurate digital motion capture cameras, and mocap markers. Basix, our latest markers, are configurable LED arrays that don't require the use of a suit. There are only six markers, which are worn on key parts of the body: the tops of each hand, the top of the head, the waist, and the tops of both feet. This allows athletes to move more freely, and they have the added benefit of being equipped in less than a minute. If you'd like to learn more about our software solutions or motion capture packages, contact us today by calling +1 (707) 579-6521 or fill out our online form.

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Gait Analysis


Has your organization been searching for a reliable and accurate way to conduct gait analysis? Cortex has embedded software solutions for walking and running gait analysis that can be added on for an additional charge. GaitTrak and RunTrak simplify the process of tracking and measuring walking and running gaits, respectively. Whether you're a physical therapist looking for movement pathologies or an athletics specialist comparing athletes' sports performance, Cortex will be able to completely meet your needs. Contact us today to learn more or to request a quote.

What is Gait and Gait Analysis?

The term "gait" refers to the pattern of how a person walks or runs. Medical professionals can tell a lot about a person's overall health from their gait, including whether they have neurologic, muscular, or skeletal problems. Gait has two phases: the swing phase and the stance phase. The swing phase begins when the foot leaves the ground and ends when the heel of the foot strikes the ground. The stance phase occurs when the foot is in contact with the ground, starting with the heel strike and ending with the toes off of the same foot.

Running gait differs from walking gait analysis. Whereas the swing phase in walking gait involves striking the heel, running gait generally involves a midfoot strike with more forefoot landing as running speed is increased. Running gait also incorporates more full-body movement than walking. There are a number of injuries that are caused by poor gait, including plantar fasciitis, shin splints, tendonitis, and hip and lower back pain.

Gait analysis is the systematic, clinical study of how a person moves through the swing and stance phases. It's often used to assess and treat individuals with conditions that affect their ability to walk or run. In sports biomechanics, it can be used to identify an athlete's strengths and weaknesses to help improve their performance. Using Cortex's GaitTrak or RunTrak and motion capture cameras, evaluators can look at the mechanics of a subject's movements at each phase of the gait cycle. By watching how these small movements come together as a whole, an evaluator can determine if there are pathologies. In the case of athletics, it can also be used to determine how a subject can improve their performance.

GaitTrak and RunTrak both provide a simplified gait measurement report using Microsoft Excel templates. The subject is equipped with motion capture markers, and all the evaluator needs to do is input the trials to be calculated, the subject's information, and the events to be measured. If you'd like to learn more about Cortex, GaitTrak, RunTrak, or our motion capture packages, including cameras, contact us today at +1 (707) 579-6521.

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Gait Analysis and Biomechanics

Cortex motion capture software allows industry professionals to conduct accurate gait analysis to observe running and walking biomechanics. With GaitTrak, our gait analysis application, you can generate a complete kinematic report of the lower extremities. If force plates are used, you can also receive kinetics measures as well as the body's center of mass location and velocities. Whether you're a medical professional, a product designer, or a sports biomechanics specialist, the gait analysis and biomechanics application in Cortex will help you perform more accurate tracking and measurements of your subjects. Contact Motion Analysis today to request a quote!

What is Gait Analysis?

Gait analysis is a systematic way to look at the running and walking biomechanics of a subject. Using low-latency cameras and motion capture software, evaluators are able to slow down the videos to look at the subject's mechanics frame by frame. They can look at each joint during each phase in the gait cycle to see if there are any irregularities or areas of concern. Simple things like a longer than normal stride can cause a range of problems, including hamstring pain or plantar fasciitis. Looking at the small motions separately and as a whole can help evaluators identify problematic movement patterns and more accurate diagnoses of underlying pathologies.

Gait analysis and biomechanics can be used in chiropractic and osteopathic professions, as gait issues can indicate issues with the pelvis or sacrum. Additionally, comparative gait analysis can be conducted on non-human animals, allowing evaluators to have a greater understanding of the biomechanics of a specific species or locomotion as a whole. This can be used in a wide range of research and educational purposes. Comparative measurements can also be used in sports biomechanics to compare the performance of one athlete to another.

GaitTrak provides an easy, simplified way to measure your subject's gait and generate a report prepared for Microsoft Excel. You only need to enter the trials to be calculated, the subject's information, and the events that you'd like to measure. If you'd like to learn more about Cortex, GaitTrak, or our motion tracking cameras, contact us today at +1 (707) 579-6521.

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MoCap Software

Cortex MoCap software offers industry professionals the most complete set of visualization tools available. Used at sites around the world, our fully integrated motion capture software is recognized for its accuracy and flexibility for a wide range of applications. From creating computer-animated characters with life-like movements to biomechanics and prototype development, our software allows you to complete tasks quickly and accurately. All motion capture measurements and calculations are handled within Cortex, allowing for a streamlined workflow. For over 35 years, Motion Analysis has been on the cutting edge of motion capture technology. Contact us today to learn more about Cortex or to request a quote. Computer animation is the most widely recognized use for MoCap software, but it's a powerful tool for a wide range of industries. Motion capture software is used in:

  • Entertainment - creating life-like characters for video games, movies, and broadcast
  • Movement Analysis - including sports performance, biomechanics, clinical gait analysis, research, and education
  • Industrial - ergonomics research, product development, military training, virtual reality and augmented reality simulations

How does Motion Capture Work?

Motion capture uses cameras to track the subtle movements of a subject wearing mocap markers. The data is then transferred to a computer equipped with the mocap software. The software processes the data and creates a virtual skeleton that moves with the subject in real-time. For entertainment applications, this allows the director and production team to see a rough animated version of the actor's performance. In sports applications, coaches can evaluate a player's form, equipment angles, kinetics, and kinematics. Medical professionals can track and measure a subject's gait to develop treatment plans and physical therapy.

Ford Motor Company utilized our mocap system to evaluate the ergonomics of their production line. They were able to identify and correct several key issues that led to repetitive, stress-related injuries. Since implementing those changes, stress-related injuries like rotator cuff tears, strains, and spinal compression significantly decreased. Additionally, the quality of new vehicles increased to five times the national average as workers experienced fewer injuries, pain, and better health. Cortex includes integrated tools and additional modules for use in any application. We also offer high-quality, low latency mocap cameras and markers. BaSix, our latest line of markers, are suit-less full-body active markers featuring configurable LED arrays that can be fitted onto a subject in under 60 seconds. If you'd like to learn more about any of our products, contact us today by calling +1 (707) 579-6521 or fill out our online form.

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