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Optical motion capture software.
Motive + OptiTrack cameras deliver the best performing real time human and object tracking available today.
+/- 0.2 mm
Positional Accuracies1
< 9 ms
+/- 0.1 deg
Rotational Accuracies2
Raw, unedited data from Motive 3.
New Skeletal Solver
Vastly improved skeletal tracking precision. Robust, accurate bone tracking - even during heavy occlusion of markers3
Mocap skeleton Mocap sticks Mocap body
What's a solver?

“Solver” in human motion tracking terms refers to the programmatic process of estimating the pose (6 DoF) of each bone, deduced by the actual measured markers, at each frame of measurement.

A precision solver, like that developed for Motive 3.0, accurately defines the skeleton movement of the tracked subject(s) which yields higher confidence and more nuanced performance capture for character animation.

A robust solver will also perform precision marker labeling and skeletal tracking even when many markers are hidden from cameras or lost, providing more reliable tracking data and vastly reduced editing time across all applications.

Active and Passive tracking. Motive processes OptiTrack camera data to deliver global 3D positions, marker IDs, rotational data (with respect to the object’s local reference), and of course, hyper accurate skeletal tracking.

Passive markers - or retroreflective markers, including spheres, hemispheres, and even flat reflective discs, are easily tracked with OptiTrack’s precision, long range cameras.

Signature Pulse Active invisible IR LEDs, enable 100% error free marker ID’s, low latency data delivery and <0.1s acquisition time. It’s become the benchmark for low latency VR tracking, ground truth systems for AR, and high subject count robotics applications such as drone swarms.

Continuous Calibration. Dramatically reduces operator workload while consistently improving data quality. After initial camera installation and ‘wand wave’, Motive calibrates automatically with data collected during normal use of the system. No longer does your calibration degrade over time with changing temperatures or challenging building movement—it is always a “fresh” calibration delivering precision tracking data.

Setup and operation is easy. Motive makes system setup easy. Aim Assist, auto-masking, one-click rigid body creation, versatile hardware and the industry's longest range cameras make even large systems easy to set up with just one person.

Forceplate and EMG integration. Native, plug-and-play support for all major digital force plates (AMTI, Bertec and Kistler), Delsys EMG, and analog devices, providing researchers the tools they need most for real-time display, reporting and analysis.

Flexible Real-Time
Streaming Options

Motive gives users the choice between turn-key pipelines, or customized outputs for unique requirements. Stream patient data into Visual3D, InSight and MotionMonitor, stream performance mocap into Unreal, Unity3D, MotionBuilder, or write your own interface with our free NatNet SDK and camera SDK.

Track (way) more stuff. With a single tracking system and a single PC, everything on-set can be tracked including drone swarms, micro-robots, performers, props, head mounted displays, set pieces, live action and virtual cameras, clapperboards, and even the Director’s coffee mug.

Validated Markersets

Motive:Body offers a library of predefined markersets, including many which are scientifically and clinically validated and used in dozens of peer-reviewed scientific publications. 3D representations are available for each markerset, enabling fast and accurate marker placement on specific anatomical landmarks for each patient or subject.

Digitization tool

Manual 3D digitization ready. Precisely digitize objects both large and small using the OptiTrack Micron Probe. Easy to use software workflows enable fast and accurate 3D characterization of an infinite number of surfaces and objects, with world leading accuracy.

One-click subject calibration. Calibrate new performers, subjects, patients, athletes and skeletons in an instant, with a single button click. You can even do so with multiple subjects in the volume at once. The character pipelines into Unreal Engine, Unity, MotionBuilder, and several others are polished for production ease and reliability.

Editing tools. Motive’s solver already enables a massive reduction in editing time, but included Python and C# templates will take care of the remainder of post processing, if any. Mocap made easy.

User Customization

Motive’s workflow makes it easy to create and customize hundreds of new trackables, initialize a dozen performers, return to yesterday’s work, or to start trials for a new patient.

Hotkeys in Motive

Hotkeys. Redesigned to visualize hotkey assignments, allowing for extremely fast navigation among viewports, and fully customizable workflows.

Scripting in Motive

Custom Scripting. Python and C# batch scripting tools with powerful templates—ready be used out of the box, or as a starting point for custom workflows.

Mouse presets in Motive

Mouse Presets. Match assignments to other 3D packages, including Maya, Blade, MotionBuilder and Visual3D, or make custom presets in seconds.

New viewports in Motive

New Viewports. Create the perfect workspace with improved visualizations, 3D rendering, and per-viewport customization options.

External sync in/out, Genlock, and Time Code. Synchronize Prime and Primex cameras to any signal or source with the eSync 2 with all the functionality and flexibility you’d expect with a professional tracking system. Cameras sync to dozens of sources including a professional cameras’ Genlock signal, where record and other event triggering can be managed from general purpose inputs and software commands.

Use the sync output signal as a master or to trigger force plates, EMGs and National Instrument DAQs for flexible yet precise hardware synchronization. Highly accurate frame timing can also be achieved with SMTPE Time Code for ease in editing and logging. OptiTrack’s free and open SDK allows for further customization within the timing protocols.

Red camera

Full resolution grayscale reference video. All Primex cameras can be used as a reference video source - with synchronized, calibrated 3D overlay. Deliver and/or record full resolution, full frame rate video with 3D overlay of markers, rigid bodies, skeletons, etc. Simply software select the camera(s) which are best for reference capture.

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Most OptiTrack camera configurations will produce accuracies of +/- 0.2mm even across large tracking areas. Please speak with one of our engineers to ensure your installation will deliver your target accuracies.
Most OptiTrack systems derive global orientation (rotation) from three or more passive or active markers. As such, rotational accuracy can vary with the distance between these markers. Please speak with one of our engineers to ensure your installation will deliver your target accuracies.
When using the Quantum Solver in Motive 3.0+.
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New Features for 3.0

Tracking Made Easy
Quality tracking out of the box with little to no property changes. For example, both active and passive markers now track without changing a single setting.
Improved Solve Speed
Large numbers of rigid bodies or skeletons will now track with decreased latency.
Robust Solve Quality
Extremely high-quality marker, rigid body, and skeleton data even in difficult tracking situations with high amounts of occlusion.
Viewer Pane
Updated 3D viewport rendering to OpenGL and added a variety of visual improvements including the ability to split the viewport, improved visuals for rigid body and skeleton assets, improved context menu options, and color indications for the reference cameras in the scene.
Settings Window
Consolidated all the properties and controls that are not changed frequently into one location. This combines the application settings, streaming settings, mouse controls, keyboard hotkeys, and audio settings into one window. Most notably, the hotkey configuration process was redesigned to dramatically improve ease of use.
Calibration Pane
The calibration workflow has been radically redesigned to work easily and more efficiently. Instructions have been integrated to help guide and inform users through the manual calibration process, and continuous calibration status is now prominently displayed within the calibration pane.
Labels Pane
The labeling pane now features a compact design with several different layout configurations for optimizing manual labeling workflow. This also includes other visual enhancements such as inverting the % meaning of the gaps column as well as other improved visuals.
Edit Tools Pane
Controls have been simplified to display the frame ranges of data to which the edit actions will be applied. Visuals have been standardized with other parts of Motive. Added a "Fragment" tool to quickly delete markers that only exist for a few frames.
Quick Start Window
Added dismissable links on startup to learn about Motive file types and how to manage them, improving the overall experience for new and existing users alike.
Constraints Pane
Generalized the old Markersets pane to work for all asset types allowing the first steps toward totally customizable assets.
Probe Pane
Redesigned the interface for using the Digitizing Probe.
Info Pane
Rearranged tools for visualizing rigid body settings, and for testing the rough accuracy of your volume.
Delsys EMG Integration
Motive now supports the digital integration of Delsys Trigno EMG platforms using Trigno Avanti sensors. Through this, users can collect synchronized EMG data alongside motion capture data.
Reference Clock Sync
All force plates (AMTI, Bertec, Kissler), NIDAQs, and other devices now support "Reference Clock Synchronization" with an eSync allowing per-frame synchronization with motion capture data in both live and recording modes.
Simplified Setup
The eSync, force plates, and DAQ devices can be set up quickly and easily by right-clicking the devices and choosing new quick setup options.
Manus Finger Tracking
Added support for Manus VR finger tracking in Motive.
Asset Overlay for Video Export
Reference MJPEG video data can now be exported with the 3D visuals overlaid on top of the video.
Primeˣ Camera Support
Primeˣ cameras feature increased tracking range, the capability to capture at higher frame rates (with reduced image resolutions), and the ability to capture full-resolution MJPEG video.
Large Volume Continuous Calibration
Improved continuous calibration for systems with any number of cameras.
Active Anchor Markers for Continuous Calibration
Active markers may now be used to anchor continuous calibration for special use cases such as when running separate, or detached, camera volumes on the same computer.
Refactored Pipeline
Allows tracking data to flow smoothly through Motive. This provides benefits such as showing marker sticks and colors in Live Mode and allows cameras to run perpetually in Live mode for data processing and continuous calibration. This change also provides the basis for major updates on the data processing planned for future releases of Motive.
Over 250 Cameras at a Time
Users can now run Motive with over 250 cameras/devices connected at a time, with only one PC.
Updated Licensing
A Security Key device is now required instead of the previous Hardware key. Licenses now either work with Motive 3.X+ or Motive 2.X and earlier. The Motive:Body license now only supports up to 3 skeletons. A new Motive:Body-Unlimited license type has been added which enables an unlimited number of assets at one time.
Single User Camera Focusing Workflow Improved
You may now double-click on the aim assist button to have the software automatically zoom into a single marker near the center of the camera view. This makes the focusing process a lot easier to be accomplished by a single person.
Added axis-specific dampening
This allows rigid body assets to lock or dampen movement in a specific axis to simulate steady camera movements.