ProAnalyst® is the world’s premier software package for video-based motion analysis. Used extensively by NASA engineers, investigators, biologists, physicists, medical professionals, and athletes, ProAnalyst is the ideal companion software to any scientific researcher with a video camera.
Identify important features in video and measure their position, velocity, angular acceleration, size, shape, and other useful properties. Graph and filter the resulting motion data inside ProAnalyst, compare them against external data, and export to a variety of output formats. Users can also create frame-by-frame annotations, build 1-D, 2-D, 3-D, and Arena motion models, and export their analyzed videos with overlays for presentation.
ProAnalyst Motion Analysis Software
With ProAnalyst 2023, any prosumer, scientific, or industrial video camera becomes a non-contact measurement device; simply record an event with one or more cameras and use ProAnalyst’s powerful analysis tools to extract motion data from within.
Adaptive feature tracking algorithms
ProAnalyst 2023 is powered by the most advanced algorithms for markerless 2-D feature tracking. Designed by MIT researchers, these algorithms adapt to changes in shape, lighting, and more.
Track through obscurations, erratic motion, and complex rotations with full control and without relying on image databases or special tracking markers.
Intelligent video handling
ProAnalyst 2023 employs a video engine designed for the most common outputs from scientific cameras, so users can quickly scrub through videos, jump to frames, and play in reverse.
While we recommend uncompressed AVI and TIFF sequences, ProAnalyst 2023 can handle compressed formats such as x264, m264, mpg, cine, RAWW, hsv, ixc, and more.
File and project management
Organize videos, calibration files, and analysis results using ProAnalyst’s project-centric interface.
Apply groups of settings and calibration files from one project to another, preview video files with the Video Explorer, and easily sort files in Workspace View.
ProAnalyst 2023 can handle more than just video data; import data from other measurement devices, such as accelerometers, force plates, and gyroscopes to analyze with your videos! Plot external data and motion data together the Advanced Data Graphing toolkit for comparison and data reduction.
Model both 2-D and 3-D events with the powerful graphing engine in ProAnalyst. If you prefer to model in other software, export your motion data and other results to file formats compatible with MATLAB, MAYA, Excel, and more.
FREE updates for ProAnalyst 2023 users
The 3-D toolkits in ProAnalyst 2023 require the use of a 3-D calibration fixture. You can construct your own fixture or purchase one of our 3-D Calibration Fixtures.
What is Calibration?
Calibration is a necessity for any quantitative motion analysis process. The computer needs scale, an origin, and a choice of coordinate axes to generate an appropriate coordinate system for the plane of motion, also called the “measurement plane.”
In 3-D, calibration becomes even more crucial; the measurement plane evolves into a measurement volume, and in addition to the requirements for 2-D calibration, the precise positions of the video cameras must now be obtained as well.
3-D Calibration in ProAnalyst
With both cameras in place, simply take a snapshot of a calibration fixture from each camera (this can happen before or after the test is recorded). After the test is run, import into ProAnalyst 2023 the video and calibration image from each camera, as well as the associated fixture file, and follow the steps to calibrate the measurement volume in just a few clicks.
Once complex, time consuming, and mathematically involved, calibration is now the easiest part of the 3-D motion analysis process with ProAnalyst 2023 and a 3-D Calibration Fixture. For an overview of the 3-D motion analysis process in ProAnalyst, check out this this video from the Xcitex YouTube channel.
Xcitex 3-D Calibration Fixtures
The 3-D Calibration Fixtures by Xcitex are designed specifically for 3-D motion analysis in ProAnalyst. Each fixture is constructed with an “open book” design consisting of two calibration faces separated by a specific angle, with each face sporting a pattern of calibration markers. The precise positions of these markers in 3-D space are recorded in a calibration fixture file required for 3-D calibration (each fixture comes with a corresponding fixture file). This fixture design maximizes the projected area of the markers in each camera view and increases the calibration accuracy for the typical 2-camera setup.
Xcitex offers a variety of different sizes of 3-D calibration fixtures for different applications. Performing tabletop tests? Try a 1″ or 2″ fixture, made of strong and lightweight plastic. For larger subjects, from animal biomechanics to drop tests, you can choose between the 6″ fixture, made from an even stronger plastic, and the 12″ or 24″ fixtures, built from aluminum. For those working with even larger measurement volumes, the 1-meter and 2-meter aluminum fixtures will give you the most flexibility. For questions about analyzing measurement volumes larger than 2m x 2m x 2m please contact us.