Xsens MVN

Tags: Motion Capture

Xsens MVN is a full-body, camera-less inertial motion capture (MoCap) solution. It is a flexible system that can be used indoors or outdoors (on-set). Xsens MVN gives you clean and smooth data.

  • Ease of use
  • Production ready motion capture data
  • Robust motion capture system

Overview

  • Intuitive software (MVN Studio)
  • Real-time motion capture visualization
  • Unlimited capture volume
  • Can save up to 80% post-processing time
  • Short setup time (10 min.)
  • On-set and/or outside motion capture
  • Can easily be worn under clothing
  • Ready-made pipelines for Autodesk products and Unity
  • Network Streamer compatible with UDK and CryEngine

 

 

Design highlights

Smart-design

 

Smart design

Plastic baseplates in the MVN suit to reduce skin motion artifact.

 

Ease-of-use

 

Ease of use

Gutters in the MVN suit so the cables are contained.

  

Specifications and downloads

Xsens MVNNumber of trackers

Full body configuration17 MTx inertial trackers
Lower body configuration7 MTx inertial trackers
Upper body configuration11 MTx inertial trackers
Extra prop / backup tracker1 MTx inertial tracker

 

Communication

InterfaceWireless or high-speed RS-232/USB
Wireless range radius (typical):
 
Outdoor
Indoor open space
Indoor office
150 meters (492 ft.)
150 meters (492 ft.)
50 meters (164 ft.)

 

Update rate

Internal update rates120, 100, 80, 60 Hz
Export frame rates120, 100, 60, 50, 30, 25, 24 Hz

 

Setup time

  • Less than 10 minutes

Cases

Motion Capture for The Zombies
Motion Capture for The Zombies
An animated video by Pixelhunters for the game The Zombies
Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity
Cannes Lions Festival
Live motion capture entertainment
Bounden – Mobile game with Xsens technology
Bounden
Mobile game with Xsens technology
Live motion capture at 2014 Winter Olympic Games closing ceremony
Live mocap entertainment
Live motion capture at 2014 Winter Olympic Games closing ceremony
Brigham Young University – Owned
Brigham Young University – Owned
Making of a five minute short film in a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary environment
Protrain Taekwondo Mobile App
Protrain Taekwondo Mobile App
Building a mobile learning app within 2 months using Xsens MVN
Chapman University: Some like it BOT!
Some like it BOT!
Chapman University: Some like it BOT!
Mr. Go
Mr. Go
Xsens distributor Motion Technologies provided the motion capture services for Mr. Go.
Live motion capture performances at Marlboro Secrets Tour
Live motion capture
Live motion capture performances at Marlboro Secrets Tour
Kaxan Games
Kaxan Games
Ruben Olvera, Production Coordinator at Kaxan Studios, talks about the use of Xsens motion capture.
Strange Company
Strange Company
With the use of the Xsens MVN suits Strange Company can release lots more films than they did before.
Real-time control of robot with Xsens MVN
Mahru
Real-time control of robot with Xsens MVN by the Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST).
Ted
Ted
On-set real-time motion capture for Seth MacFarlane hit movie Ted.
John Carter
John Carter
VFX companies Halon and Double Negative worked on the visual effects. Both companies used the Xsens MVN for this major project.
Previs for X-Men: First Class
X-Men: First Class
Previs for X-Men: First Class by The Previs Department of 20th Century Fox and The Third Floor.
Free Style 2 Street Basketball
Free Style 2
Motion capture for the game Free Style 2 Street Basketball.
Insomniac Games: Resistance 3
Resistance 3
Kevin Grow, Cinematics Director at Insomniac Games, talks about the animation pipeline for Resistance 3.
Vestel commercial
Vestel commercial
Saatchi & Saatchi and visual effects studio Unexpected created the new commercial for Vestel.
Skrillex: Live on stage!
Skrillex: Live on stage!
For his 2011/2012 world tour Skrillex introduced a live motion capture act to his onstage performance.
2008 Beijing Olympic Games
Olympic Games opening
2008 Beijing Olympic Games opening with Taichi and a "Jump Dragon" performance.
Movie: Paul
Paul
For the feature film ‘Paul’, the Xsens MVN motion capture solution was used by actor Seth Rogen.
The New Art of Virtual Moviemaking
Autodesk
The New Art of Virtual Moviemaking
The Third Floor: Previzualization
Previzualization
This motion capture technology allows for an even greater level of character realism in our previs.
Sony Computer Entertainment: Killzone 2
Killzone 2
Xsens MVN used for development of first person shooter Killzone 2 by Guerrilla Games.
Gearbox’ Borderlands
Borderlands
Late summer 2007, Gearbox Software came to an agreement with...
Hamster comes to life
Hamster motion capture
A CGI hamster was subsequently created and brought to life with Xsens MVN.
Stars on Ice
Animated billboard
An animated billboard for the Swedish television show 'stars on ice' by CG Sweden.
Performance Praga Khan
Praga Khan
MVN was used to its full advantage during a live theater performance by Belgian artist Praga Khan.

Product Movies

Motion Capture with Xsens MVN Oculus Rift + Unity 3D + Xsens MVN Motion Capture Unplugged
  

 

More videos at the Xsens YouTube channel

 

Productions

The Xsens MVN motion capture system is used for many films and games in the previs or production process. Some examples can be viewed here: 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Motion Capture for Tomb Raider Motion Capture for Ted
X-Men: Days of Future Past Tomb Raider Ted

 

See more productions powered by Xsens MVN

Software

MVN StudioMVN Studio

Download MVN Studio Demo

MVN Studio is a software application for motion capturing with the MVN suit. MVN Studio is part of the Xsens MVN system.

To try out MVN Studio you can download a demo version here.

  • Easily record motion capture data
  • Advanced human body model provides output of 23 body segments
  • Export to popular motion capture file formats, such as .BVH and .FBX
  • Real-time visualization, playback and editing of motion capture data
  • Intuitive editing interface
  • Plug-in for seamless real-time integration with (optional):
    - Autodesk MotionBuilder® and Maya®
    - Unity 3D
    - Siemens Jack and Process Simulate Human
    - CatiaTM v5, DelmiaTM V5 and 3DVIA Virtools
  • Plug-in for time synchronization and remote control (optional)

 

More about MVN Studio

Plug-ins for Xsens MVN

 

Autodesk MotionBuilder 2014Autodesk MotionBuilder

MVN Studio has a plug-in for easy and real-time integration with MotionBuilder. The plug-in is optional to purchase.

The ‘network streamer’ feature inside MVN Studio allows you to stream motion capture data to Motionbuilder. Real-time pre-visualization will be available in a simple point-and-click environment. The plug-in also enables skeletal data to be transferred from multiple characters and layered in real-time via a live remote control interface to essentially use MotionBuilder as an animation-recording tool.

Autodesk MotionBuilder is a software program optimized for 3D animation and motion capture, which will allow true cinematic workflows. It supports the widest number of devices for input, including MVN. The logical ease of use and power of MotionBuilder is legendary, making nearly any adjustments to live capture or 3D animation possible. Since 3D animation and motion capture is all MotionBuilder does, it offers real-time mesh deformation with textures, lighting and effects from your motion capture data or live input.

 

 

Autodesk Maya 2014Autodesk Maya

MVN Studio has a plug-in for easy and real-time integration with Autodesk Maya. 

The ‘network streamer’ feature inside MVN Studio allows you to stream motion capture data to Maya. Real-time pre-visualization will be available in a simple point-and-click environment. The plug-in also enables skeletal data to be transferred from multiple characters and layered in real-time via a live remote control interface to essentially use Maya as an animation-recording tool.

Autodesk MotionBuilder is a software program optimized for 3D animation and motion capture, which will allow true cinematic workflows. It supports the widest number of devices for input, including MVN. The logical ease of use and power of MotionBuilder is legendary, making nearly any adjustments to live capture or 3D animation possible. Since 3D animation and motion capture is all MotionBuilder does, it offers real-time mesh deformation with textures, lighting and effects from your motion capture data or live input.

 

 

 

Unity 3DUnity 3D

MVN Studio has a real-time character plug-in for the Unity 3D game engine (version 4.x).

The Xsens MVN Unity plug-in gives Unity developers access to MVN motion capture data allowing artists and developers to easily view live motions in real-time on character. The plug-in supports scaled skeleton data for multiple characters using the intuitive Unity interface.

In addition to the real-time plug-in, Xsens offers a file based approach using the FBX format to import MVN motion capture data into Mecanim, Unity’s powerful and flexible animation system.

Customers

Bigpoint
Volition Inc
Dassault Systemes
Northrop Grumman
CG Sweden
Sigmae Studio
Lockhead Martin
NASA
George Brown College
Animated Storyboards
Terminal Reality
Syndicate
Readyatdawn
Sila Sveta
Humanhead Studios
Pixelhunters
ArenaNet
Hoek & Havenaar Productions
Eidos
Unexpected
CCP
The Creative Cartel
2K Australia
Skrillex
L3
Base
Kaxan Games
Gearbox Software
Blizzard
Hasbro
YouTube
Microsoft Game Studios
Valve
THQ
Activision
Guerrilla
Insomniac
Double Negative Visual Effects
NBC Univeral
Sony Computer Entertainment
Industrial Light & Magic
Sony Pictures Imageworks
EA Sports
20th Century Fox
The Third Floor

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