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OptiTrack for Movement Sciences

OptiTrack offers a blend of performance and usability that produces high-precision, biomechanically-relevant motion capture data via workflows that are unprecedented in their simplicity.

Native support for force plates, EMGs, and analog signal display and acquisition enables ready access to analysis in Visual3D, The MotionMonitor, MATLAB, or other third party biomechanics packages.

Validated biomechanics markersets

Motive supports numerous biomechanics markersets, with a focus on scientific and anatomically-valid options. Whether your analysis takes place in Visual3D, The MotionMonitor, MATLAB, or another third-party tool, these markersets provide robust marker tracking with real-time labeling.

Prefer a more detailed markerset for multi-segment studies? Motive’s standard markersets can be augmented with additional markers for capturing more verbose datasets.

Gait Validation Study Learn how the Rizzoli markerset offers superior biomechanical relevance when compared to conventional markersets like Helen Hayes and Plug-in-Gait.

Gait & Posture. 2007 Oct;26(4):560-71. Epub 2007 Feb 8. Leardini A1, Sawacha Z, Paolini G, Ingrosso S, Nativo R, Benedetti MG.

Kinematic labeling

Motive’s real-time labeling engine utilizes a clear understanding of a subject’s unique skeletal structure to deliver highly accurate labels, even during occlusive interactions between limbs or other subjects in the lab. When additional labeling is needed, industry-standard naming conventions offer biomechanists a simple, familiar labeling workflow.

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Exceptional 3D precision and accuracy

Motive combines with our Prime Series cameras and Micron Series calibration tools to produce the most reliable 3D data on the market, capable of sub-20 µm accuracy in optimal conditions.

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"Data quality is fundamental to accurate analysis, and OptiTrack’s 3D precision competes with the best in motion capture."

Kait Jackson

Head of Sports Science
The Performance Lab

From gait labs to stadiums

OptiTrack cameras provide the most expansive coverage in optical tracking, enabling high-precision tracking in almost any configuration.

Gait Stairs Gait Lab

Wall-to-wall tracking

Our specially-designed lenses offer wide FOV and low distortion. Each lens is specifically fitted to the camera’s image sensor, for true edge-to-edge coverage that is ideal for tracking every inch of compact areas like gait labs.

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Outdoor capture, out of the box

Featuring ultra-powerful strobes and custom-engineered band-pass filters, Prime Series cameras can track reflective markers outside, in full sunlight—with no need for special add-ons or hardware modifications.

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Incredible range

OptiTrack cameras offer the best range in the industry, by huge margins. The long-range specialist Prime 41 is able to see a 16 mm passive marker from over 100’ away.

Discrete IR illumination

In addition to offering invisible illumination that is far gentler on subjects than visible red strobes, the Prime Series’ infrared LEDs offer faster discharge for quick exposures—perfect for capturing very fast motions.

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Prime 41 for $5,999

Setup is easy

An OptiTrack pipeline is straightforward, offering several unique features that combine to reduce system setup time by up to 75%. Aim Assist, auto-masking, versatile hardware and the industry's longest range cameras make even large systems easy to setup with just one person.

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One-click subject calibration

Calibrate new skeletons in an instant, with a single button click, for subject setup that is unprecedented in its speed and simplicity.

Prime Color

Prime Color

With a software operated filter switcher to enable calibration alongside other OptiTrack cameras, the Prime Color FS has the ability to overlay precision 3D motion capture data on the video image for data verification and CG reference for human movement studies.

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Sync multiple cameras.

Capture every angle of your subject in motion for complete analysis and artistic expression. Motive allows automatic syncing of up to 8 Prime Color cameras to enable multiple views and creative compositions.



The perfect companion to the Prime Color, the eStrobe allows you to stop motion like never before. This powerful LED light strobe syncs to the Prime Color allowing for maximum efficiency and features global shutter control for precise light management. Multiple eStrobes can be combined to increase the overall light output for your recording session.

eStrobe Tech Specs
Dimensions Width: 11.7 inches (29.8 cm)
Height: 5.0 inches (12.6 cm)
Depth: 3.9 inches (9.9 cm)
Weight: 6.4 lbs (2.9 kg)
Mounts 1/4"-20 (×2)
3/8"-16 (×1)
Status Indicators Power
Over temperature warning
Illumination 100 High-power white LEDs
4000 K color temperature
200 Watt maximum average power
Dynamic power control
Operation Minimum input frequency: 30 Hz
Maximum input frequency: 1000 Hz
Minimum strobe on time: 50 us
Continuous illumination: < 60 Hz
Strobed illumination: >= 60 Hz
Input & Output RCA sync input (non-isolated)
RCA sync output (non-isolated)
Power External AC/DC power supply (48V @ 4.0A)
Cooling Internal fans (×2)
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Native support for Bertec force plates

When used with OptiTrack cameras and an eSync 2, Motive’s plug and play force plate support integrates all Bertec force plates and precisely synchronizes them with the kinematic data. Native support includes one-click positioning into the tracking volume as well as real-time streaming, capture, and export of all ground reaction force components.

DAQ support for EMGs, force plates & accelerometers

Motive’s native support for National Instruments USB DAQ devices enables motion capture data and analog data to be synchronized within +/-5µs per camera exposure, with support for input frequencies up to 50 kHz via the eSync 2. This allows for acquisition from any general analog device, including triggers, EMGs, force places, accelerometers, and force transducers.

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Extensive native support for Visual3D & The MotionMonitor

Motive focuses on what OptiTrack does best—providing a simple path to capturing the highest quality 3D data in the industry. For the most advanced biomechanics analysis and reporting on the market, we recommend Visual3D or The MotionMonitor—now with enhanced support from Motive.

V3D and TMM-friendly markersets

Motive’s biomechanics markersets use naming conventions that are compatible with pre-built V3D and TMM models, providing a simple pathway between labeling and analysis.

Enhanced C3D export

Combine tracking data, subject variables, device specs, force vector data, and analog device data into a single file—all following C3D formatting standards.

Real-time streaming

Stream live, labeled marker reconstruction data to native TMM, or to V3D via plugin to the Visual3D Real-time Server—ideal for real-time analysis, biofeedback, and verification.

The industry's most open optical tracking architecture

Our free developer tools provide access to camera images, centroids, reconstructed 3D points, skeletal data, and nearly everything in between. This means that OptiTrack can fit into a range of existing workflows, without modifying your existing tools. Visit our Developer Hub to find the right SDK for your application.

Data management tools

OptiTrack's Motive software screenshot

Easily manage complex capture sessions by creating a list of trials in a spreadsheet and dragging them into Motive, or building the list directly in Motive’s project interface. Once a trial list has been created, Motive will automatically progress through it from one recording to the next, with options for revising lists and trials on the fly.

Batch processing

Large batches of trials can be processed and exported quickly and automatically via customizable scripts, using the Motive Batch Processor.

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Affordable pricing, right on the website

Accessible pricing is at the heart of our effort to democratize motion capture. Simply put, you will not find production-ready motion capture priced more competitively than an OptiTrack system. If you want to learn which system is right for your budget, head over to our System Configurator to compare specs and prices.

Fit more cameras into your budget

Our low pricing means you can either double the camera count you could afford from the competition, or build an even better performing system that will cost half as much. Now, read that line one more time - we’ve changed the industry forever.

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Money back guarantee

If the OptiTrack system you purchased is not exactly what you need for your specific application, then we want it back. Just return the non-disposables within 30 days and we’ll refund your money less a 10% restocking fee. No questions asked.

Veteran motion capture support team

Our installation, training, and support team is staffed by some of the most seasoned veterans in the motion capture industry. Choosing OptiTrack means partnering with many of the engineers and integrators that built motion capture into what it is today.

François Asseman Headshot
François Asseman, Ph.D. Director of International Sales working in biomechanics since 2005
Thierry Chevalier Headshot
Thierry Chevalier, Ph.D. Director of Movement Sciences working in motion capture since 2005
Jeff Beavers Headshot
Jeff Beavers Director of Interactive Technologies working in motion capture since 2005
Morgan Jones Headshot
Morgan Jones Software Engineer working in motion capture since 2001
In-house Manufacturing

In-house manufacturing

Central to OptiTrack's blend of high performance and low price is our in-house manufacturing facility, located at our Oregon HQ. Because we're able to mill, etch, solder, assemble and calibrate every major component of our hardware on-site, we can pay meticulous attention to the quality and performance of your system.

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Off-the-shelf I/O technology

OptiTrack systems incorporate off-the-shelf interfaces like Cat6 Ethernet and USB, so securing a replacement is as simple as a trip to the electronics store.

Join the world's largest motion capture community

OptiTrack users form the largest community of motion capture professionals in the world. From enabling a quadriplegic to drive a race car with his head, to creating the largest volume in history, to teaching robots to fly—together, they are accomplishing remarkable things. Come join our public forums, where you can talk shop with other users, as well as the OptiTrack support and dev teams.

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