Motion Analysis Corporation Unveils Cortex 9.5 Software Upgrade

November 8 2023, California – Motion Analysis Corporation is excited to announce the highly-anticipated release of Cortex 9.5, the latest edition of its cutting-edge motion capture software. This update is now available for download and is accessible to all customers with active warranties or current software maintenance contracts.

Cortex 9.5 introduces a range of exceptional features and improvements that elevate the motion capture experience to new heights, providing users with greater flexibility, efficiency, and accuracy. Here are the key highlights of this remarkable update:

Quick Files Capture Status: Cortex 9.5 introduces Quick Files Capture Status indicators, simplifying the assessment of dataset status. Users can easily classify captures as “Unedited,” “In Progress,” or “Complete.” Customization options are also available, allowing users to create their own status names and icons, providing a user-friendly experience.

Kestrel Plus Cameras: With Cortex 9.5, Motion Analysis Corporation introduces the Kestrel Plus camera line, featuring the Kestrel Plus 3, Kestrel Plus 22, and Kestrel Plus 42. These new cameras seamlessly integrate with Cortex 9, expanding your capture capabilities and delivering high-quality results.

Trim Capture Modifications: Cortex 9.5 enhances the Trim Capture feature, enabling users to modify names, generate captures on a per-markerset basis, and add timecode support. This streamlined process facilitates the extraction of relevant data from capture files and offers improved post-processing options.

Workflow Improvements: Cortex 9.5 enhances the Workflow feature, making task execution even more efficient. Users can now utilize a search tool and a workflow repository, enabling easy access and management of workflows, optimizing productivity.

Live Detailed Hand Identification: Advanced hand tracking techniques have been integrated into Cortex 9.5, reducing marker swapping during live collection and post-processing of intricate finger movements. Users can contact the support team for a sample markerset to enable this feature.

Automatic Wand Identification for Reference Video Overlay Calibration: In a significant time-saving move, Cortex 9.5 automates the marker selection process for reference video overlay calibration, eliminating manual marker selection and potential user errors. This feature can be applied in both Live Mode and Post Process.

Bertec Digital Integration: Cortex 9.5 now offers support for Bertec AM6800 digital amplifiers, simplifying setup and reducing the number of required components, thus enhancing the overall user experience.

National Instruments New Device Compatibility: Cortex 9.5 continues its support for National Instruments A/D board data collection and expands compatibility to their next generation of DAQs, maintaining flexibility and ensuring compatibility with previously supported devices.

Additional Updates and Features: Several additional updates and features, such as the renaming of the Post Process X panel to Tracks, improved contrast in Dark Mode, and an increased marker slot limit, are included in this feature-rich update.

Cortex 9.5 marks a significant milestone in the field of motion capture, empowering users with advanced tools, enhanced workflows, and improved performance.

To learn more about Cortex 9.5 and take advantage of these exciting new features, download the full release notes here, or contact our sales and support teams for further information and assistance.

Motion Analysis Corporation continues to lead the way in motion capture technology, and Cortex 9.5 is a testament to our commitment to delivering innovative solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers.

About Motion Analysis Corporation

Motion Analysis Corporation is a leading provider of motion capture technology solutions for various industries, including entertainment, sports, healthcare, and research. With a focus on innovation and customer satisfaction, Motion Analysis Corporation strives to make motion capture more accessible and versatile.

Five (more) things you might not know about Cortex motion capture software

In July 2021, we debuted Cortex 9, which enabled users across a wide range of industries – from researchers and scientists to engineers, biomechanics professionals and creatives – to use motion capture more efficiently and effectively. 

And now, we’re taking things up a notch with Cortex 9.2. The latest version of our Cortex software, Cortex 9.2 is all about expanding digital integrations; particularly the Ultium EMG and IMU systems from Noraxon. Before Cortex 9.2, users would have needed extra components – including additional hardware, extra cables and a wire for each channel – to collect data from a Noraxon system in Cortex. This could get quite messy and add complexity to a setup. Now, the setup simply requires a USB cable from the Noraxon base unit into the PC.

In addition to this, we have also expanded the types of Delsys sensors that can be used. The latest version of Cortex is compatible with two more sensor types, doubling what was previously available. And we’ve added additional compatibility with reference video cameras and made improvements to digital force plate integrations for TecGihan and Kistler. The latest version of Cortex also includes several bug fixes, as is standard with any new release. 

A little while back, we showcased several Cortex features users might not know about. With the recent release of Cortex 9.2, we’re adding to this list. Take a look.

Capture Inspector 

Captures can consist of many file types covering tracks, raw camera data, analogue, marker sets and so much more. In addition to this, when users are analyzing their capture, they are often copying data from one computer to another. All of this increases the likelihood that you could ‘lose’ certain files. With the Capture Inspector assistant panel you can easily identify when data gets lost or mixed up and clean up and rename files so that it’s easier to find them down the line. 

Golden Templates

If you’re using the same marker set for every subject, you can keep adding information – things like height, size, shape – and the Golden Template will keep learning. This means that rather than having to manually identify each and every subject, Cortex 9.2 will automatically add the subject’s linkage lengths and range from a Golden Template. So users no longer have to name each marker individually, making it possible to automatically label a new subject when they enter. 

Moving Origins

One of our exciting new post process analyzing tools allows you to make adjustments to characters that might not quite be in the volume or at the angle you want them to be in. With Moving Origins, you can simply slide the character into the correct space, adjusting the origin of a live piece of equipment.

Normalization

When you’re comparing person A to person B or you’re looking at someone wearing shoes versus someone without shoes on, you need to have a sense of what is ‘normal’ and use this as your baseline. This entails plotting a movement through a cycle from 0 – 100. With Cortex 9.2, you can normalize the amount of time it takes to complete a movement so that it’s easier to compare one cycle of data to another. Once you’ve worked with 20 or 30 subjects you can get a sense of an average and then identify any differences or deviations from the ‘normal’.

Workflows

With the Workflows panel, introduced with Cortex 9.0, users can quickly automate repetitive tasks. This saves time and delivers greater consistency between users. Workflows can be set up to include any number of functions in Live Mode or Post Process mode and are ideal for users who don’t have scripting or coding experience. Once a workflow is created, it can then be saved and applied to different capture sessions and by different users to maintain a consistent protocol.

And if you’re in need of a little help, the full Cortex 9.2 manual and QuickStart guide can be launched from the HELP tab. And when using the software, if you click the ‘?’ on the page, a context sensitive Panel Help bar will appear. 

Want to see one of the many new Cortex 9.2 motion capture software features in action? Check out this video of a workflow designed to get you ready for subject collection in just a few clicks.

Why Intel partners with Motion Analysis to bring technology to Olympic athletes

THE CUSTOMER

The Intel Olympic Technology Group (OTG) is a division of Intel focused on bringing cutting-edge technology to Olympic athletes and helping them to better prepare for the Olympic Games.  

THE PROBLEM

The Intel OTG wanted to create a smart coaching application using computer vision pose estimation models. These models use key point locations on the body, like joints, to calculate biomechanical attributes relevant to athletes, such as velocity, acceleration, and posture etc.

THE SOLUTION

Motion capture was first used in biomechanics in the late 1970s to analyze a subject’s gait. But a lot has changed since then. Today, this technology is being used across the increasingly data-driven sports industry

The information generated using motion capture software empowers coaches to identify issues that may be preventing a player from improving their performance. This technology can also be used to prevent injuries. When physiotherapists use motion capture software to analyze the kinematics of a particular movement, it is feasible to identify any range of motion (ROM) issues and determine if these are linked to pain or injury in the athlete. When it comes to movement analysis, the accuracy of data is key. The precise data collection and instant translation of this data makes it viable for coaches and physiotherapists to identify areas where re-injury might occur, determine an appropriate recovery time and provide evidence-based recommendations for rehabilitation. 3D motion capture software can also be used to track the movements of an entire team. This data can be used by coaches to strategize better because it is possible to track a range of player performance factors – like accelerations or decelerations.

Benjamin Hansen, Product Engineering Lead in AI & Sports Technology for Intel OTG, has been using motion capture to do just this. Describing himself “a lifetime customer of Motion Analysis”, he has utilized Motion Analysis systems to provide athlete testing services to elite athletes and professional baseball teams. And now, he’s using Cortex to validate and benchmark the smart coaching application described above.

Cortex is Motion Analysis’ most powerful motion capture software that completely manages motion capture and measurement for all applications from biomechanics, broadcasting, and engineering to sports performance, game production, and film.

One of the projects the OTG worked on using Cortex was 3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT). Intel’s motion tracking platform, 3DAT, creates scalable technology that advances the understanding of human health and performance. Crucially, it relies on a Motion Analysis system, which includes Kestrel cameras and Cortex software, to benchmark data accuracy in order to inform the necessary algorithms. Developed over four years for athletes competing at the Tokyo & Beijing Olympics, 3DAT is now being commercialized as a camera agnostic motion capture software development kit (SDK) that developers can use to create biomechanics solutions for the sports, health, and fitness industries.
 
Want to find out more about Intel’s journey with Motion Analysis? Download the full case study, here, to learn more.