The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide For Purchasing Motion Capture Software


If you’re a researcher or a biomechanist looking at purchasing a new, or perhaps your first, motion tracking system, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed by all the options available. Not every system serves the same needs, so we’ve created this informative Buyer’s Guide to help you choose the one that would work best for you.

In this guide you’ll:

  • Gain a clearer understanding of what motion capture is, the common applications of it in biomechanics, and the challenges you might face when choosing the right system for your needs.
  • Get an overview of the various system types and learn the difference between optical, non-optical, passive, and active systems.
  • Be guided on how to select the right software, including what questions you should be asking and the top features you should be looking for.
  • Robert Catena

    "I am a long-time user of Motion Analysis systems. I like that their solutions have a long lifespan, it allows us to easily add new cameras to the mix as we expand the lab. I also appreciate the robustness of the software, which allows me to customize tests and set up things the way I prefer."

    Robert Catena

    Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

  • Rita Patterson

    "We use Motion Analysis solutions in our Human Movement Performance lab. Their technology allows us to easily capture high res data for large, whole-body volumes as well as really small volumes, such as for subtle hand movements. We appreciate that the team is so supportive and flexible."

    Rita Patterson

    Associate Dean of Research

  • Kevin Ford, PhD

    "3D motion capture is a unique set of systems that allows users to quantify and measure human movement – and Motion Analysis is on the forefront of that technology."

    Kevin Ford, PhD

    Professor and Human Biomechanics Laboratory Director