OptiTrack debuts new mo-cap camera range

OptiTrack debuts new mo-cap camera range
Will Freeman

By Will Freeman

August 31st 2012 at 3:15PM

Prime Series hardware targets large-volume capture users

Motion capture hardware and tools outfit OptiTrack has released the first  a new range of high-end cameras designed for use in large-volume performance spaces.

Suitable for capture volumes that extend up to 150 feet , and promising 'pixel-for-pixel' tracking precision, the Prime Series range is conceived with developers, VFX houses, laboratories and academic institutions in mind.

The series' debut product, the Prime 41, offers 4.1MP resolution, an 80 foot camera-to-marker range, 180 FPS capture rate and, infrared strobes usable with other film, video and photography equipment.

“The Prime Series rewrites the rules around performance and usability for high-end motion capture projects,” said Brian Nilles, OptiTrack’s chief strategy officer. “We listened to our user base, and then designed a camera series that simply and elegantly goes to work from the moment it comes out of the box. It’s simpler to set up, easier to operate and is best in class in terms that matter for precision 3D tracking. And because we ship more cameras than anyone else in the world, our component buying power and in-house manufacturing facilities enable us to provide this level of performance at one-third the price of others.”

"After democratising mo-cap at the entry-level with our V100 cameras, and then expanding into megapixel mocap with the Flex 13, we set our eyes on large-volume performance," added Jim Richardson, OptiTrack CEO. "The Prime value proposition is so stunningly different from what people have come to expect. They have been trained to expect to pay a lot to get a lot. Like all of our motion capture products, the Prime 41 will turn heads for bucking that trend so aggressively. The Prime series is such a great performing camera and the way it fits in with our customers’ workflow is second to none. The fact that it is 1/3 of the price of others in its resolution class provides a massive commercial advantage for OptiTrack customers."

The Prime 41 is available for $4,999. For more information visit the official OptiTrack website.