Motion Capture

Give your teams the tools to create realistic character movement quickly and easily. 

Image courtesy of Superalloy Interactive  

Image courtesy of Superalloy Interactive  

What is motion capture?

Motion capture is the process where actors’ physical movements are captured and then recreated on digital character models. This allows actors to give realistic movement to fantastical CGI creatures, bringing them to life.  

How motion capture is used

Video games

By recording human actions and using them to animate digital models, 3D artists bring deep realism to video game characters. 

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Film and television

Performance motion capture technology allows artists to create animated image models directly from actors’ movement and facial expressions. 

Image courtesy of Artur Szymczak Radoslaw Pyzel


Motion capture is integral to previsualization, the mapping or pre-planning of scenes before principal photography. 

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MotionBuilder for Motion Capture

Generate motion capture data from a live actor and import it into MotionBuilder for quick and accurate animations. MotionBuilder provides animators and directors with an interactive environment for fine-tuning character movement.  

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Making realistic game characters: Rigging and body deformation

Designing compelling 3D characters for your game is one thing; making sure they look and behave realistically is another. Santa Monica Studio shares their best practices for animating characters for games, including popular AAA franchise, God of War.  

Motion Library in Maya

Rokoko’s Motion Library is now a native plugin in Maya, providing access to thousands of affordable, high-quality character animations from the world’s top motion capture studios. The plugin allows artists to search, preview, and purchase motion assets natively, right in Maya.  

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Up Close & Personal with Maya: The Do’s and Don’ts of Motion Capture

Learn everything you need to know about the Motion Library plugin from the team at Rokoko, and hear about the do’s and don’ts of motion capture in a live Q&A with Zac Swartout, co-founder of SuperAlloy Interactive, and Eric Jacobus, actor and stuntman.  

Relevant software in the collection for motion capture

3D character animation software

3D modeling, animation, and rendering software for games and design visualization

3D animation, modeling, simulation, and rendering software for film, games, and TV

Scale your studio’s rendering and simulation capabilities, while equipping artists with powerful modeling and animation tools

Motion Capture Resources

A Guide to Getting Started with the Motion Library Plugin

In this step-by-step guide, see how to install the Motion Library plugin, browse and preview high-quality motion capture assets, and bring them into your Maya projects. 

How to Retarget Motion Capture in MotionBuilder

In this tutorial, learn everything you need to know to retarget motion capture to your character in MotionBuilder.  

Learn More about Motion Capture

MotionBuilder Forum

Share your knowledge, ask questions, and explore popular MotionBuilder topics.  

Free Motion Capture Software for Students

Students and educators can get free one-year educational access to motion capture software from Autodesk.