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What is Motion Amplification®

Motion Amplification®

Camera Motion Vibration  | As industrial equipment, machinery, and other components operate, they often produce very small vibrations and movements. These vibrations are so small that they can’t be detected with the human eye. However, as pieces of machinery vibrate, components can become misaligned, imbalanced, loose, cracked, or worse. Such movement reduces efficiency, harms equipment, and can build up to catastrophic damage.

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But by using a Motion Amplification® camera and software, it’s possible to detect such tiny movements and understand their effects. Motion Amplification® technology uses digital video and image processing techniques to measure vibration and movement pixel by pixel, extracting and scaling up data to produce a visual representation of movement.

   The live video feed processes pixels in real time to show how vibrations and movements affect the whole system and supporting structures and can be recorded and post processed for advanced analysis. While conventional vibration analysis techniques can produce numerical data and charts that indicate vibration extent and damage, seeing is believing. Video Motion Amplification® provides a powerful, non-invasive visual representation of subtle movements and a rich, cost-effective means of analysis.

   By visualizing, quantifying, and relaying structural assets’ movement, Motion Amplification® software provides a window into just how damaging vibrations and improper machinery movement can become. RDI’s Motion Amplification® technology can assess faults in machinery and other components by measuring the physical properties of movement and vibration, deflection, and displacement. 

    Using patented camera and software technology, Motion Amplification® involves turning every pixel in the camera’s view into a sensor to measure and record video vibration analysis and motion with incredible accuracy. From there, a proprietary video processing algorithm detects subtle motion and enlarges it to be visible to the naked eye.

   Visualization provides a key difference in determining and understanding faults in machinery, infrastructure, and even processes in human bodies. While tools like accelerometers, strain gauges, and modeling software can detect and relay traditional vibration data, being able to see vibration problems and their potential solutions via video makes for a deeper impact than looking at only data and charts.

What is Movement and Vibration ?

   A still object rests in a state of equilibrium, but when a forced vibration sets a resting object in motion, it begins moving back and forth or vibrating. Vibration might seem harmless, but damage adds up. By assessing vibrations and where they’re occurring, Motion Amplification® vibration analysis visualizes faults in machinery and offers opportunities for preventative maintenance.

What is Deflection ?

  Deflection : Deflection refers to the distance or angle that a structural component bends or twists from its original position when displaced by a force. When an object is vibrating, the deflection is typically too small to see with the naked eye, and that’s where Motion Amplification® comes in.

What is Displacement ?

  Displacement : Displacement indicates the distance that an element or object has moved from its original location and can be measured in terms of distance and in terms of rotation. Displacement is a fundamental principle that Motion Amplification® measures.


Being able to easily visualize and quantify data has greatly enhanced detection and early prevention of all matters of structural inefficiencies, imbalances, wear, and other faults that affect operational safety, efficiency, and output. By turning data into action, RDI Technologies’ revolutionary methods and Motion Amplification® equipment have been trusted and used by more than 600 corporate clients across 41 countries.


   The automotive industry is constantly at work on new designs, components, technologies, and processes that make automobiles safer, faster, and more efficient. Designing and engineering automotives, from autobodies to engines to the myriad parts and pieces in between, involves plenty of testing and evaluation.

   As part of this testing and evaluation, RDI’s Motion Amplification® technology can play a critical part. Being able to detect vibration throughout an automobile’s body or within a specific component or portion of a vehicle can offer insight into its performance, health, and even its comfort in terms of the driver. It is also key to understand how the components and interrelationships of components in the system work together.

   The automotive industry’s focus on superior performance is both easily and instantly recognizable — we see sports cars and race cars that constantly vie to outrun competitors. Of equal importance, safety measures and their constant upgrade and evaluation are always of concern to the industry. Across these areas, video Motion Amplification® has many uses and applications.


   The oil and gas industry provides critical resources to support countless other industries and activities. It goes without saying that piping, support systems, and complex machinery must run smoothly and operate constantly in order to maintain the flow and processing of these resources.

   Compressors, piping, and other pieces of infrastructure are no stranger to the vibrational forces and mechanical faults that can harm operations and hurt efficiency. Yet, it’s not easy to keep watch over so much equipment, piping, and machinery. RDI’s Motion Amplification® provides a unique, diagnostic view of the piping and support systems that underlie the oil and gas industry’s critical infrastructural components which have largely gone unmonitored with traditional vibration analysis technologies.

   Downtimes must be avoided at all costs, but when troubleshooting has to occur, the right tools and technology to quickly spot problems and figure out the source make all the difference.


   The power generation industry involves many different types of industries, commodities, and resources, as traditional fossil fuels couple with nuclear power, wind energy, hydropower, and other sources of energy to power our world. Yet, almost all involve large machinery that contains pumps, turbines, and other rotating components that are subject to vibrational forces.

   Tracking vibration and monitoring its effects are essential, as any power plant needs to be reliable and capable of continuous operation. Downtime can have huge effects on downstream consumers, which includes essentially all other industries and anyone connected to the power grid.

   Power plants of all types have been no strangers to RDI’s Motion Amplification® technology. Our Iris M™ camera has been deployed to numerous power plants to help route out the underlying causes of vibrational problems. Looking at various types of power plants and the extent of their issues involving vibrational forces solidifies the importance of Motion Amplification® vibration analysis and monitoring for this critical industry.

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Live Motion Amplification®
Calibrated Displacement Measurements
Frequency Based Filtering
Advanced Troubleshooting

Motion Amplification®
Up to 1400 FPS in HD Resolution
Calibrated Displacement Measurements
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