Motion Capture Studio

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Edmonton, Alberta
What the facility does

Captures high fidelity performances involving multiple actors, props and finger tracking; and exports animation data to media, entertainment, and health industries in various formats.

Areas of expertise

NAIT’s Motion Capture Studio within the Centre for Innovative Media has professional technicians with over 10 years’ experience producing animation for TV and film and video games. Their staff has worked on some of the most watched and played titles globally. The studio was built in partnership with industry and includes Vicon’s latest optical motion capture with the ability to capture up to 120 frames per second.

Research services
  • Produce animation for film, video game, advertising use cases
  • Retargeting actor motions to any type of character or creature
  • Timecoding and video recording of performances
  • Treadmill support to capture cyclical animation
  • Provide student actors when requested
  • Prop design and prop capture including stilts and/or leg extensions
  • Stunt actor and stunt actions supported in a large capture volume
  • Basic rigging construction to assist in cinematic shoots
  • Human kinematics and anatomical studies (sports, medicine, advertising)
Sectors of application
  • Arts and cultural industries
  • Education
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Information and communication technologies and media



2000 sq. ft. studio space:

  • Change room
  • Prop room
  • 12,000 cubic feet capture volume with a client side viewscreen

Features change room, prop room, floor to ceiling windows and 12,000 cubic feet capture volume with a client side viewscreen. The capture volume supports multiple actors, crash mats for broad actions, actors on stilts / treadmills.

Vicon camera system:

  • Vicon Vantage V5 Cameras (18)
  • Live studio camera
  • Calibration wand

 Motion capture camera system


Vicon Shogun 1.5xx Software

Live calibration and post-production software


Motion capture suits with markers (small, medium, large)

Worn by actors during motion capture shoots

Dell EMC Isilon H500 Storage (H500-2.2GHZ/10C/128G+15x2TB SAT/1.6TB)

High performance media storage (hybrid Network Attached Storage (NAS))

Dell EMC DSS 8440 Cauldron Machine Learning Server

High performance for machine learning applications

DELL Precision 7920 Workstation

Processes animation

Vicon Nexus 2.0 Network Software

Life science software package