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. 

Users can start working with Xsens MVN at a starting price of 12.000 (US$/EUR).

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


Xsens MVN Customers 


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:

FeatureMVN AwindaMVN Link 
Version Strap-basedLycra suit
Trackers17 Wireless17 Wired 
Accuracy Mocap data Production-readyProduction-ready
Setup time
Latency 30 ms20 ms 
Wireless data linkOne Awinda station 
per actor
One Access Point 
for Multiple actors
Battery management17 batteries One 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


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.

FeatureMVN StudioMVN Studio Pro
Network Streamer (plug-ins)
Limited ConfigurationsAll
Limited ScenariosAll
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


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.
Real-time control of robot with Xsens MVN
Real-time control of robot with Xsens MVN by the Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST).
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.


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


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


Go to the Xsens tutorial Area


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