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

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 Tracking

Xsens MVN

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.


MVN 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
  • Real-time integration in Unreal Engine via Ikinema LiveAction
  • Network Streamer compatible with CryEngine and Iclone 7
  • MVN Remote App to start and stop recordings and for real-time visualization

MVN Studio

Xsens MVN integrations and plugins:

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

FeatureMVN StudioMVN Studio Pro
Network Streamer (plug-ins)
Limited ConfigurationsAll
Limited ScenariosAll
Reference Camera support
Export as movie
Time code & remote control

Unity 3D - Xsens


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:

FeatureMVN AwindaMVN Link
VersionStrap-basedLycra suit
Trackers17 Wireless17 Wired
Accuracy Mocap dataProduction-readyProduction-ready
Setup time
Latency30 ms20 ms
Wireless data linkOne Awinda station
per actor
One Access Point
for Multiple actors
Battery management17 batteriesOne battery
Battery life6 h9.5 h
Wireless range Indoor/outdoor20/50 m (60/150 ft)50/150 m (150/450 ft)
On-body buffering10 s120 s
Internal update rate1000 Hz1000 Hz
Output rate60 Hz240 Hz
AccessibilityWearable straps,
Lycra suit, 5 sizes
Ideal for groups (education)

MVN Link vs MVN Awinda


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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

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Motion Capture for Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider

Motion Capture for Ted



Placing straps MVN Awinda

Tutorial 1

Putting on Lycra suit

Tutorial 2

Setup and calibration MVN Link

Tutorial 3


Xsens Indie Program

The Xsens Indie Program is here to support inspiring up-and-coming talent. It provide indies, student teams, young studios and game devs with access to Xsens’ production-grade mocap technology at an entry-level budget.

If you qualify, you will receive a free Xsens software subscription for one year, and only need to cover the cost of the affordable Xsens mocap hardware, resulting in huge savings across the board.
Xsens Indie Program in short:

  • Studios invest in Xsens hardware
  • Free Xsens software for participants in the first year
  • Access to ongoing support via BASE community
  • Available to companies with turnover under ~750k (EUR/USD)
  • Only available in US, Canada and Europe

Apply for the Xsens Indie Program


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