An event is a single action in the time span of a trial, for example, a foot contacting the floor during a walking trial, or a knee angle exceeding a particular angle. 

Events are normally added to your trial data automatically as part of the capture workflow, when you run Plug-in Gait Dynamic or other dynamic pipelines that include Detect Events From Forceplate and Autocorrelate Events. For more information, see step 7 of Capture the required movement.

However, if events are not automatically detected, or are only partially detected, you will need to add them manually. This is likely to be necessary in the following scenarios:

If your trial type does not allow the automatic addition of events, you can add them manually, using the timebar as described below.

For more information on working with events, see:

Add events to trial data

To add events to motion capture trial data:

  1. From the Data Management tab, open the required trial, ensuring that it contains no gaps or other issues (see Review data quality and Fill gaps in trial data).
  2. Display the desired view (3D Perspective, 3D Orthogonal, Camera, or Graph).
  3. Enter event identification mode in either of the following ways:
    The mouse pointer changes to a vertical arrow, to indicate that you are now in event identification mode.
  4. On the time bar, zoom in or out on the timescale (right-click and drag) to adjust the time span of data displayed in the view pane and move the current time indicator (blue line) along the time bar to locate the desired frame.
  5. Lock the event context by positioning the mouse pointer over the desired Left, Right, or General line on the selected frame (the line for a context is highlighted when the mouse pointer hovers over it) and pressing the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW key. When the event context is locked, moving the mouse does not change the context.
  6. Set a new event in the current context on the selected frame by either left-clicking or pressing ENTER and then selecting the desired command from the context menu
  7. Navigate existing events in either of the following ways:
  8. If required, you can:
  9. When you have finished editing the current event context, unlock the event context by either moving the mouse over a different context or using the Up/Down arrow keys on the keyboard.
  10. Repeat steps 5-9 for each event context you wish to edit.
  11. When you have finished editing all events, exit event identification mode in any of the following ways:

If you add gait cycle events before you crop a trial, you probably want to delete events that are outside the cropped region. (For information on cropping trial data, see Crop trials.)

Delete events that are outside the region of interest

If you crop a trial after you have added events to it, events may be retained in the discarded (cropped) region of the trial. To remove these events, do either of the following:

To delete events that are outside the region of interest:

  1. Do either of the following:
  2. Run the Delete Timebar Events operation to remove the unwanted events.

Customize event identification mode

To customize options that affect event identification mode:

  1. Open the Options dialog box (press F7).
  2. On the left of the dialog box, click Time Bar.
  3. In the Event Identification Mode section on the right, select (or clear) Focus on marker and enter or select the markers to focus on for Left and Right contexts.

Customize cycle visualization

By default, all the cycles (gait or other) that have been defined by sets of time bar events, are displayed on the time bar.

This provides an easy way to identify:

To turn the visual display on or off or to change the default color options and other visual indicators, in the Options dialog box (press F7), on the left side click Time Bar and change the required properties on the right.

To turn on or off the display of the frame count, right-click on the time bar and select or clear Show Cycle Frame Count.

Calculate step width and limp index

If your trial includes Foot Strike and Foot Off events, you can use the Calculate Gait Cycle Parameters pipeline operation to calculate step width and limp index.

To calculate step width and limp index:

  1. Add the Calculate Gate Cycle Parameters operation to your current pipeline in the usual way.
  2. In the Properties pane, ensure that the units for the Stride/Step Length/Width setting are as required.

  3. Run the Calculate Gate Cycle Parameters operation on your data.
    In the Subjects Resources pane, the Analysis Outputs include both step width and limp index.

    On the Log tab, the step width and limp index data is displayed.