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Vicon's Get Social page is a great place to see a summary of what's happening across all of our social media channels. Stay up to date with product news, Vicon milestones and the latest customer stories.


If you've got a story to tell, a milestone to add or something you'd like to share, let us know via the contact details below and we'll add your #mocapmoment to our Get Social page.

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5 environments you wouldn’t expect to find a Vicon camera! Thanks to @pollymcguigan for the question. #ReadySetMocap

We are so proud to be part of the rebranding project for the @londonsymphony with the @uopmocap and @the_partners​.

Are you looking for a job at an amazing company? We are hiring for 3 positions at our Oxford office and 1 in Denver.

RT @uopmocap: Hugely proud to have been part of this great project. Thanks to @Vicon @londonsymphony @the_partners @TobiasGremmler https://…

RT @londonsymphony: Our 2017/18 season has been announced, along with Sir Simon Rattle's vision for the LSO and our new visual identity: ht…

Behind the scenes of @FishingPlanetUS. Creating realistic character movements using Mocap. #ReadySetMocap #Gaming

Are we on the precipice of a golden age for motion capture technology?@developonline's @jemalexander takes a look

Creating super legs: Using motion capture to help design exo-skeleton super-legs. #Biomechanics

Inside Boeing's Drone Laboratory: Why you should be using Vicon motion capture technology for #drone tracking #UAV -

From @NinjaTheory - Getting in to motion capture. The journey from behind the camera to becoming a #mocap actress.


First use of motion capture

The first use of motion capture for gait analysis wasn't for human gait! It was conducted on a ram by Dr. Radin in 1980. #didyouknow

The largest markers ever used

The largest markers ever used were approx. 1m wide for an interactive game for 4,000 participants at SIGGRAPH 2004. #didyouknow #vicon30

​Newington Children's Hospital

Newington Children's Hospital was Vicon's first US clinical gait customer, in 1990. #didyouknow #vicon30

Dog motion captured for 101 Dalmatians

The dog motion captured for 101 Dalmatians was not a Dalmatian. It was a Labrador. #didyouknow #vicon30

Capturing the motion of horses

We have captured the motion of horses at full gallop on a treadmill and had markers made for elephant capture. #didyouknow #vicon30

Inspiring #MocapMoments

MIRA’s wind tunnel at Nuneaton, UK

What's the most difficult object you've ever had to track with your mocap system? MIRA successfully tracked soap bubbles in a wind tunnel for their aerodynamics research - it makes working with children and animals seem easy…!

Squidball at Siggraph, 2004

Making its debut at Siggraph's Electronic Theatre in 2004, Squidball is a game designed by NYU Movement Lab. It allowed the audience to control game graphics by bouncing large helium-filled balloons around the entire theatre space:

Michael Jackson was captured at Digital Domain for his short film, Ghosts

What do you get when you cross the creative minds of Stephen King and Michael Jackson? One of the scariest short films ever seen in the music industry!

Lolo Jones training with Red Bull Project X

In the first outdoor motion capture session of its kind, Lolo Jones gained a competitive advantage in her training for the London 2012 Olympic Games with Red Bull Project X and their outdoor Vicon system.

Milestones - A Brief History


Even though Vicon officially began trading in 1984, the original Vicon product was first introduced to market five years earlier in 1979. The system was manufactured by a subsidiary of Oxford Instruments, called Oxford Medical Systems (later Oxford Dynamics). Following a management buyout in 1984, Oxford Dynamics became Oxford Metrics and the 30 year history of Vicon began.


In the '80s, the early adopters such as University of Strathclyde, University of Western Australia, Saitama Rehabilitation Center in Japan, and the University of West Virginia, began testing the limits of the early Vicon systems. Much of their initial research led to the development of a standardized process of motion capture for clinical gait analysis.


As interest in motion capture grew, new markets began emerging, most notably was the rapid development of the entertainment industry. During this decade, Vicon customers created ground breaking VFX for Titanic in 1995, and mocapped the legendary Michael Jackson in 1996. In response to this demand, Vicon launched the first motion capture system dedicated to the entertainment market – the 370E.


This decade can be defined in two words – innovation and growth. Not only at Vicon, but the motion capture industry itself. Over this period, the Vicon customer base grew from under 1000 at the beginning of the decade, to 3500 by 2009. Some notable highlights during this time include:

  • In 2003, Sony Pictures Imageworks was the first studio to use over 200 Vicon cameras for Monster House.
  • Vicon launched the industry's first 4 megapixel camera in 2004 and the first 16 megapixel camera in 2008. The T160 remains the world's only 16MP motion capture camera, six years later.
  • In 2009, the Bonita line of cameras made affordable, high quality motion capture accessible to everyone, and was Vicon's fastest selling camera.


The past five years have been incredible – we've launched the first ever reference video camera for motion capture, our industry renowned real-time software, Blade 2, and our award-winning head mounted 3D facial capture and tracking system, Cara – not to mention what our customers have been up to!

So how can we possibly match this in the next five years? Well, 2015 is going to be a busy year, so watch this space!