Motion capture (also MoCap) is a way to digitally record human movements. The recorded motion capture data is mapped on a digital model in 3D software (e.g. Maya or 3D Studio Max) so the digital character moves like the actor you recorded.
The MoCap technology is used in the entertainment industry for films and games to get more realistic human movements. A famous example of a movie with lots of motion capture technology is Avatar.
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In the image on the right you can see the motion capture system from Xsens, a full-body wearable solution. This motion capture suit is used for many productions including X-Men, Tomb Raider, Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man and Resistance 3. The Xsens MVN sytem is available at a starting price of 12.000 (US$/EUR).
The article ‘The fascination for motion capture‘ gives you more insights about how motion capture developed through the years.
There is a whitepaper available on Motion Capture:
Xsens MVN: Full 6DOF Human Motion Tracking Using Miniature Inertial Sensors
Authors: Daniel Roetenberg, Henk Luinge and Per Slycke
The included MVN Studio Software has an easy calibration and gives a real-time preview on screen. You can simultaneously record and view the data. You can replay previously recorded motion data and edit the data in MVN Studio.
The Xsens MVN is the animation tool for getting from idea to in-game animation in less than a day. The motion capture solution Xsens MVN is a full-body lycra suit (also available in straps) with 17 inertial trackers. Xsens MVN gives you freedom of movement because you do not need cameras, there is no occlusion and there are no lost markers. It is a flexible and portable MoCap solution that can be used indoors and outdoors. You can set up the whole system in 15 minutes. Xsens MVN has quick turnaround times and produces clean and smooth data that can save up to 80%
Xsens MVN is the ideal tool for animators and educational purposes.
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Xsens MVN motion capture customers include Sony Pictures Imageworks, NBC Universal,
20th Century Fox, Double Negative, Daimler, Electronic Arts, Industrial Light & Magic and others.
Our unique MoCap solutions are used in these and many other projects, capturing human
movement easily and quickly.