Motion Capture of a Knight in Armor

Motion study

Project Info



Daniel Jaquet, a PhD student in Humanities, focused his research on the description of fights in full armor in historical documents from the 16th century. Part of his thesis work aimed at analyzing the range of possible movements while wearing such a 30 kg medieval armor. By using motion capture, he was able to get a comprehensive amount of data.

For this mocap session, the main issue was related to the reflective surface of the armor. Indeed, reflections can be perceived as markers by the camera, introducing a lot of unwanted artifacts. By tuning our MXT40S cameras’ parameters and the reconstruction settings, we were able to solve this issue and collect good data for his study.

Thanks to:
Daniel Jacquet – History Department, Faculty of Humanities, University of Geneva
Prof. Bengt Kayser – Institute of Movement Science and Sport Medicine, University of Geneva
Stéphane Armand and Alice Bonnefoy – Willy Taillard Laboratory of Kinesiology, University Hospitals of Geneva

Related Publications

Jaquet D, Bonnefoy-Mazure A, Armand S, Charbonnier C, Ziltener JL, Kayser B. Range of motion and energy cost of locomotion of the late medieval armoured fighter: confronting the medieval technical literature with modern movement analysis, Hist Meth, 49(3):1-18, 2016.