Data Export: CSV

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CSV Export

Captured tracking data can be exported in Comma Separated Values (CSV) format. This file format uses comma delimiters to separate multiple values in each row, and it can be imported by spreadsheet software or a programming script. Depending on which data export options are enabled, exported CSV files can contain marker data, rigid body data, and/or skeleton data. CSV export options are listed in the following chart:


CSV Export Options
CSV Options Description
Unit Sets units for positional data in exported CSV files
Markers Enabling this option includes X/Y/Z reconstructed 3D positions for each marker in exported CSV files.
Rigid Bodies When this option is set to true, exported CSV file will contain 6 Degree of Freedom (6 DoF) data for each rigid body from the Take. 6 DoF data contain orientations (pitch,roll, and yaw in the chosen rotation type as well as 3D positions (x,y,z) of the rigid body center.
RigidBodyMarkers Enabling this option includes 3D position data for each expected marker locations (not actual marker location) within rigid body assets. Compared to the positions of the real markers included within the Markers column, the Rigid Body Markers show the positions of the markers as affected by the rigid body tracking.
Bones When this option is set to true, exported CSV files will include 6 DoF data for each bone segment of skeletons in exported Takes. 6 DoF data contain orientations (pitch, roll, and yaw) in the chosen rotation type, and also 3D positions (x,y,z) for the proximal joint center of the bone.
BoneMarkers Enabling this option will include 3D position data for each expected marker locations (not actual marker location) within skeleton assets. Compared to the real marker positions included within the Markers column, the Bone Markers show the positions of the markers as affected by the skeleton tracking.
Rotation Type Rotation type determines whether Quaternion or Euler Angles is used for orientation convention in exported CSV files. For Euler rotation, right-handed coordinate system is used and all different orders (XYZ, XZY, YXZ, YZX, ZXY, ZYX) of elemental rotation is available. More specifically, the XYZ order indicates pitch is degree about the X axis, yaw is degree about the Y axis, and roll is degree about the Z axis.
Coordinate Space This option decides whether exported data will be based on global or local coordinate systems.

Global: Defines the bone segment position and orientation in respect to the global coordinate system. The global coordinate system is the origin of the ground plane which was set with a calibration square during Calibration process.

Local: Defines the bone segment position and orientation in respect to the coordinate system of the parent segment. Note that the hip of the skeleton is always the top-most parent of the segment hierarchy. Local coordinate axes can be set to visible from Application Settings or display properties of assets in Project Pane. The Bone segment rotation values in the Local coordinate space can be used to roughly represent the joint angles; however, for precise analysis, joint angles should be computed through a biomechanical analysis software using the exported capture data (C3D).

Quality Stats Adds a column of Error per marker values for each rigid body position data.

Adds a column of Marker quality values after each rigid body marker data.

Include Header information Includes detailed information about capture data as a header in exported CSV files. Types of information included in the header section is listed in the following section.


Errors in the data, Quality Stats

The quality stats display the reliability of associated marker data. Errors per marker lists average displacement between detected markers and expected marker locations within corresponding assets. Marker Quality values rate how well camera rays converged when the respective marker was reconstructed. The value varies from 0 (unstable marker) to 1 (accurate marker).


CSV Header

When the header is disabled, this information will be excluded from the CSV files. Instead, the file will have frame IDs in the first column, time data on the second column, and the corresponding mocap data in the remaining columns.


CSV Headers
Row Description
1st row General information about the Take and export settings. Included information are: format version of the CSV export, name of the TAK file, the captured frame rate, the export frame rate, capture start time, number of total frames, rotation type, length units, and coordinate space type.
2nd row Empty
3rd row Displays which data type is listed in each corresponding column. Data types include raw marker, rigid body, rigid body marker, bone, bone marker, or unlabeled marker. Read more about Marker Types.
4th row Includes marker or asset labels for each corresponding data set.
5th row Displays marker ID.
6th and 7th row Includes header label on which data is included in the column: position and orientation on X/Y/Z.


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TIP: Occlusion in the marker data

When there is an occlusion in a marker, the CSV file will contain blank cells. This can interfere when running a script to process the CSV data. It is recommended to optimize the system setup to reduce occlusions. To omit unnecessary frame ranges with frequent marker occlusions, select the frame range with the most complete tracking results. Another solution to this is to use Fill Gaps to interpolate missing trajectories.