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What is Motive?
Motive software pairs with OptiTrack cameras to track and capture the motion of small retroreflective markers attached to people and objects, and delivers real-time motion data with industry-leading accuracy.
Motive offers simple setup, supports larger volumes and produces clean data. Tracking data is used in numerous ways from robotics and movement sciences to video game animation, cinematic virtual production and location-based virtual reality.
Leveraging advancements in machine learning, Motive now enables you to track and label anything you can imagine, in real time, to quickly recognize and follow tracked objects such as animals, jump ropes, faces, floor mats and much more.
Motive is compatible with all OptiTrack motion capture camera from the precision Primex series and sleek Slim series to the low-cost Flex series and desktop tracking V120 Trio and Duo. The software maximizes each camera’s capabilities and features to deliver the best possible motion data.
Motive’s continuous calibration can automatically repair or correct against the harshest of tracking environment with features such as Anchor Markers, Camera Partitions, and Bumped Camera corrections. Instead of happening completely behind the scenes Motive signals any calibration issues with a variety of colors and alerts, making users aware of what’s happening.
Pre-Defined Settings For
Prime Color Cameras
Enhanced Sensor Fusion
Motive’s sensor fusion process combines marker and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) tracking, using the best attributes of both methods to provide remarkably smooth data. It also is robust against difficult tracking solutions as it supports full 6 Degrees of Freedom tracking with only a single marker data. Sensor fusion is ideal for applications that require the smoothest or robust camera tracking such as In-Camera Virtual Effects (ICVFX) or Virtual Reality (VR).
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Redesigned to visualize hotkey assignments, allowing for extremely fast navigation among viewports, and fully customizable workflows.
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. Match assignments to other 3D packages, including Maya, Blade, MotionBuilder and Visual3D, or make custom presets in seconds.
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.
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.