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Arena: Motion Capture for the Masses

by Paul Strauss

Budding 3D graphics and animation buffs, there’s a new reason to get excited this morning. A company called NaturalPoint has just announced a complete motion capture systems that only costs about $5,000.

Arena Motion Capture System

Traditional (if you can call them that) MoCap systems usually start around $30,000, and often much more. The OptiTrack ARENA system uses anywhere from six to twelve digital cameras to capture 3-dimensional body movements in real time, then store them in a data format that can be used by 3D animation systems.

Arena Motion Capture System

The ARENA foundation system costs $4999 and will come with everything you need to make your own animations (other than the actor’s motion capture suit and markers, which will set you back around $400 to $500 extra.)




Comments (2):

  1. Question retail price!

    1st OptiTrack Motion Capture Fundation Packet incl. Software
    2nd OptiTrack Motion Capture Suits

    How much does it cost me the packet?

    I ask for speedy reply!
    Peter Bastian

  2. technabob says:

    You should contact the vendor for that information. Here’s their contact information:

    http://www.naturalpoint.com/optitrack/support/information.html

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