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    Dear Listservers:

    Wow! I had not expected such prompt and responses. Thanks a bunch. Let me
    elaborate just slightly in my needs in order to head off some interesting,
    but not workable (for me) suggestions. I work on marine animals of a
    variety of sizes, generally in flow tanks, flumes or natural habitats. GPS
    or magnetic systems are probably out (its hard to put one on a 2 mm long
    animal!). Probably not enough resolution either, especially on the small
    scale. I am limited to video since the resolution depends only on the size
    of the video field, and I can get down to a single pixel if necessary.
    Both Motion Analysis Corp. and Peak Motus only do 1/2 of what I want. Peak
    has no good analysis of this type of kinematic data (see my earlier
    message), while Motion Analysis does so much processing of th raw video
    that I can no longer distinguish objects of interest from dust, noise etc
    once it has calculated centroids necessary for path reconstruction.

    Thus the questions: Are there good stand alone analysis packages for path
    kinematics (see earlier), or is there a dream system out there that
    represents the best of both worlds?

    Again, all replies gratefully accepted.


    Marc Weissburg
    School of Biology
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    310 Ferst Ave.
    Atlanta, Ga, 30332-0230
    404-894-0519 (fax)