Optical 3D motion tracking provides the most accurate and in-depth analysis of movement for athletes of all sports and skill levels

It works by affixing small reflective markers at key joints and segments of the athlete, and the cameras detect their location in 3D space and use that data to create an avatar for the athlete based on their unique size and measurements.

Every movement is recorded at 360 frames per second…from every single angle.  

By using a portable Optitrack system, for example,  you can just about anywhere capture various skills in a game-like setting.  This has an enormous impact on the results as this environment generates the truest mechanics of the athlete when they are on the court or in the field.
  • The human eye only has a “capture rate” of approximately 60 frames per second from one viewpoint - 3D motion capture measures at 360 frames per second, sees the athlete from every angle, measures the movement of every joint and segment, and see the forces the athlete puts into the ground.  
  • You can compare mechanics to athletes in their age group as well as the top athletes.
  • Beyond just full 3D visualization, mocap generates measures of key movement metrics, revealing crucial information about the athlete’s coordination, power, and how they are transferring energy through their body to execute a skill.  

To find out how you can use motion capture to get ahead of your competitors, call us on - (+44) 0203 488 2575

What can 3D Motion Capture tell us?
We all know that no two athletes are the same.  With variations in anthropometry, coordination, and strength to name a few, we can expect to see differences in some of the mechanics that still allow different players to produce a comparable outcome.  Having said that, what Optitrack’s C-Motion system has developed a biomechanical model of movement for various skills.  Taking into account the unique features of each athlete, they have found that the most successful athletes use the same underlying coordinative pattern and energy transfer methodology to create the best and most consistent skill execution.  

You can’t see this with the naked eye, and it is the true value of 3D motion capture technology.

Elite athletes have an extraordinary ability to execute a skill with a high consistency.  Their body’s ability to compensate and create alternative movement patterns to achieve the desired outcome is exceptional.   Consequently, we mostly focus on the result, and as success increases, attention to the intricate movement patterns responsible for that outcome decreases.


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OptiTrack Prime17W

With an amazing 70° field of view, spread across 1.7 MP of resolution, the OptiTrack Prime 17W offers expansive camera coverage. Combined with 360 FPS capture rate, it’s a truly multi-talented camera.

Wide angle FOV with edge to edge coverage
The OptiTrack Prime 17W’s wide angle 70 degree FOV offers true, edge to edge coverage across the camera’s image sensor. Most wide angle motion capture cameras suffer from vignetting on their edges, which can significantly reduce their effective coverage. OptiTrack have engineered the Prime 17W lens to perfectly match the imager’s resolution, ensuring that its performance actually lives up to its impressive specs.

Maximize volume size in smaller spaces
With the OptiTrack Prime 17W’s wide angle format and impressive range—two features that rarely co-exist in a motion capture camera—you can extract impressive capture volumes, even out of compact setup spaces. The Prime 17W delivers the hallmarks of Prime Series performance, like industry-leading 3D precision and easy-to-use setup and operation, in a package that produces the largest possible capture volumes in labs and studios that are under 50’.

Intuitive & elegant design
In designing the Prime series, we considered the complete lifetime of a motion capture camera—from unboxing to setup, capture, and teardown. Each process is elegantly accommodated with a nod to simplicity and usability.
In addition to the essentials you’re accustomed to, you’ll discover several new features that will make you wonder how you got on without them. Enjoy innovations like our Aim Assist technology for single-user setup and our on-camera visual health and activity indicator.