Xsens MVN

Tags: Motion Capture

The Xsens MVN portfolio consists of full-body, wearable motion capture (Mocap) solutions. The new Xsens MVN is unmatched in ease-of-use, has robust and reliable hardware and produces production-ready data. Xsens MVN is the ideal tool for professional animators.


  • Production-ready motion capture data
  • Robust and reliable hardware
  • Ease of use


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See what customers are saying about the Xsens MVN system Experience Xsens MVN by watching the tutorials


The new Xsens MVN highlights Production-ready mocap data

Ultra-small and robust tracker

Enables height tracking

On-body zippers for easy setup

High update rate

Complete product line

Long battery life

Portable system

Ready-made 3D software pipelines

Multi-person motion capture

Height TrackingXsens MVN


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Design highlights

Ultra-small trackers

Ultra-small trackers

The ultra small trackers allow for rolls and stunts. The trackers are designed to withstand high impact.


Sportive design

Sportive looking motion capture suit with accompanying shorts.


On-body zippers

The zippers give easy access to all trackers for a very fast setup.


The Xsens MVN product line has two hardware versions (MVN Link and MVN Awinda) with their own characteristics. The difference between the two versions is shown in this overview:

Feature MVN Awinda MVN Link
Version Strap-based Lycra suit
Trackers 17 Wireless 17 Wired
Accuracy Mocap data Production-ready Production-ready
Setup time
Latency 30 ms 20 ms
Wireless data link One Awinda station
per actor
One Access Point
for Multiple actors
Battery management 17 batteries One battery
Battery life 6 h 9.5 h
Wireless range Indoor/outdoor 20/50 m (60/150 ft) 50/150 m (150/450 ft)
On-body buffering 10 s 120 s
Internal update rate 1000 Hz 1000 Hz
Output rate 60 Hz 240 Hz
Accessibility Wearable straps,
Lycra suit, 5 sizes
Ideal for groups (education)
Portability Backpack Suitcase

MVN Link vs MVN Awinda


MVN StudioMVN Studio is the software for motion capturing with Xsens MVN. MVN Studio features:

  • Easy and quick calibration
  • Real-time visualization
  • Playback and editing of motion capture data
  • Intuitive interface
  • Ready-made pipelines for Autodesk MotionBuilder®, 3ds Max®, Maya® Houdini, Cinema 4D and various others
  • Plug-ins for seamless real-time integration with, Autodesk MotionBuilder, Maya and Unity3D
  • Network Streamer compatible with UDK and CryEngine


Licenses for MVN Studio are available as yearly subscription or lifetime.
The software is available in two versions: MVN Studio and MVN Studio Pro.

Feature MVN Studio MVN Studio Pro
Network Streamer (plug-ins)
Limited Configurations All
Limited Scenarios All
Reference Camera support
Export as movie
Time code & remote control

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MVN Studio details 15 days trial of MVN Studio Xsens Motion Capture Demo Files


Ted 2: Using Xsens for the grand dance opening scene
Ted 2
The grand dance opening scene
Cinematic teaser for mobile game War 1937
War 1937
Cinematic teaser for mobile game War 1937
Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts equips animation students with the latest Xsens MVN technology
Chapman University
Animation students with the latest Xsens MVN technology
Mocap with a Cause: Amnesty International Uses Xsens MVN motion capture to Prove a Point
Amnesty International viral video
Mocap with a Cause: Amnesty International Uses Xsens MVN motion capture to Prove a Point
The homebrew MoCap behind “The Leviathan”
The Leviathan
The homebrew MoCap behind “The Leviathan”
Real-time 3D animations for live motion capture
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Real-time 3D animations for live motion capture
The Inheritance
The Inheritance
A real-time art performing project
The Wrestlers
The Wrestlers
Creating a 3D sculpture of wrestlers bodies in motion
Dragon Slayer – NHTV
Dragon Slayer project
Creating the 'Dragon Slayer' animation - by NHTV students
Ashton Kutcher Experience by DAQRI
Ashton Kutcher Experience
DAQRI developed a cutting-edge, photorealistic augmented reality experience
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
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.
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
For the feature film ‘Paul’, the Xsens MVN motion capture solution was used by actor Seth Rogen.
The New Art of Virtual Moviemaking
The New Art of Virtual Moviemaking
The Third Floor: 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
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.


Xsens Myth Buster Oculus Rift + Unity 3D + Xsens MVN Making of Love Has No Labels


More videos at the Xsens YouTube channel


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


Placing straps MVN Awinda Putting on Lycra suit Setup and calibration MVN Link
Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2 Tutorial 3


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