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The Matrix and Quaternions FAQ ============================== Version 1.2 2nd September 1997 ------------------------------- This FAQ is maintained by "[email protected]". Any additional suggestions or related questions are welcome. Just send E-mail to the above address. Feel free to distribute or copy this FAQ as you please. Contributions ------------- Introduction I1: [email protected] Introduction ============ I1. Important note relating to OpenGL and this document Questions --------- BASICS ====== Q1. What is a matrix? Q2. What is the order of a matrix? Q3. How do I represent a matrix using the C/C++ programming languages? Q4. What are the advantages of using matrices? Q5. How do matrices relate to coordinate systems? ARITHMETIC ========== Q6. What is the identity matrix? Q7. What is the major diagonal matrix of a matrix? Q8. What is the transpose of a matrix? Q9. How do I add two matrices together? Q10. How do I subtract two matrices? Q11. How do I multiply two matrices together? Q12. How do I square or raise a matrix to a power? Q13. How do I multiply one or more vectors by a matrix? DETERMINANTS AND INVERSES ========================= Q14. What is the determinant of a matrix? Q15. How do I calculate the determinant of a matrix? Q16. What are Isotropic and Anisotropic matrices? Q17. What is the inverse of a matrix? Q18. How do I calculate the inverse of an arbitary matrix? Q19. How do I calculate the inverse of an identity matrix? Q20. How do I calculate the inverse of a rotation matrix? Q21. How do I calculate the inverse of a matrix using Kramer's rule? Q22. How do I calculate the inverse of a 2x2 matrix? Q23. How do I calculate the inverse of a 3x3 matrix? Q24. How do I calculate the inverse of a 4x4 matrix? Q25. How do I calculate the inverse of a matrix using linear equations? TRANSFORMS ========== Q26. What is a rotation matrix? Q27. How do I generate a rotation matrix in the X-axis? Q28. How do I generate a rotation matrix in the Y-axis? Q29. How do I generate a rotation matrix in the Z-axis? Q30. What are Euler angles? Q31. What are yaw, roll and pitch? Q32. How do I combine rotation matrices? Q33. What is Gimbal Lock? Q34. What is the correct way to combine rotation matrices? Q35. How do I generate a rotation matrix from Euler angles? Q36. How do I generate Euler angles from a rotation matrix? Q37. How do I generate a rotation matrix for a selected axis and angle? Q38. How do I generate a rotation matrix to map one vector onto another? Q39. What is a translation matrix? Q40. What is a scaling matrix? Q41. What is a shearing matrix? Q42. How do I perform linear interpolation between two matrices? Q43. How do I perform cubic interpolation between four matrices? Q44. How can I render a matrix? QUATERIONS ========== Q45. What are quaternions? Q46. How do quaternions relate to 3D animation? Q47. How do I convert a quaternion to a rotation matrix? Q48. How do I convert a rotation matrix to a quaternion? Q49. How do I convert a rotation axis and angle to a quaternion? Q50. How do I convert a quaternion to a rotation axis and angle? Q51. How do I convert a spherical rotation angles to a quaternion? Q52. How do I convert a quaternion to a spherical rotation angles? Q53. How do I use quaternions to perform linear interpolation between matrices? Q54. How do I use quaternions to perform cubic interpolation between matrices? Introduction ============ I1. Important note relating to OpenGl and this document ------------------------------------------------------- In this document (as in most math textbooks), all matrices are drawn in the standard mathematical manner. Unfortunately graphics libraries like IrisGL, OpenGL and SGI's Performer all represent them with the rows and columns swapped. Hence, in this document you will see (for example) a 4x4 Translation matrix represented as follows: | 1 0 0 X | | | | 0 1 0 Y | M = | | | 0 0 1 Z | | | | 0 0 0 1 | In Performer (for example) this would be populated as follows: M[0][1] = M[0][2] = M[0][3] = M[1][0] = M[1][2] = M[1][3] = M[2][0] = M[2][1] = M[2][3] = 0 ; M[0][0] = M[1][1] = M[2][2] = m[3][3] = 1 ; M[3][0] = X ; M[3][1] = Y ; M[3][2] = Z ; ie, the matrix is stored like this: | M[0][0] M[1][0] M[2][0] M[3][0] | | | | M[0][1] M[1][1] M[2][1] M[3][1] | M = | | | M[0][2] M[1][2] M[2][2] M[3][2] | | | | M[0][3] M[1][3] M[2][3] M[3][3] | OpenGL uses a one-dimensional array to store matrices - but fortunately, the packing order results in the same layout of bytes in memory - so taking the address of a pfMatrix and casting it to a float* will allow you to pass it directly into routines like glLoadMatrixf. In the code snippets scattered throughout this document, a one-dimensional array is used to store a matrix. The ordering of the array elements is transposed with respect to OpenGL. This Document OpenGL | 0 1 2 3 | | 0 4 8 12 | | | | | | 4 5 6 7 | | 1 5 9 13 | M = | | M = | | | 8 9 10 11 | | 2 6 10 14 | | | | | | 12 13 14 15 | | 3 7 11 15 | Basics ====== Q1. What is a matrix? ---------------------- A matrix is a two dimensional array of numeric data, where each row or column consists of one or more numeric values. Arithmetic operations which can be performed with matrices include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The size of a matrix is defined in terms of the number of rows and columns. A matrix with M rows and N columns is defined as a MxN matrix. Individual elements of the matrix are referenced using two index values. Using mathematical notation these are usually assigned the variables 'i' and 'j'. The order is row first, column second For example, if a matrix M with order 4x4 exists, then the elements of the matrix are indexed by the following row:column pairs: | 00 10 20 30 | M = | 01 11 21 31 | | 02 12 22 32 | | 03 13 23 33 | The element at the top right of the matrix has i=0 and j=3 This is referenced as follows: M = M i,j 0,3 In computer animation, the most commonly used matrices have either 2, 3 or 4 rows and columns. These are referred to as 2x2, 3x3 and 4x4 matrices respectively. 2x2 matrices are used to perform rotations, shears and other types of image processing. General purpose NxN matrices can be used to perform image processing functions such as convolution. 3x3 matrices are used to perform low-budget 3D animation. Operations such as rotation and multiplication can be performed using matrix operations, but perspective depth projection is performed using standard optimised into pure divide operations. 4x4 matrices are used to perform high-end 3D animation. Operations such as multiplication and perspective depth projection can be performed using matrix mathematics. Q2. What is the "order" of a matrix? ------------------------------------- The "order" of a matrix is another name for the size of the matrix. A matrix with M rows and N columns is said to have order MxN. Q3. How do I represent a matrix using the C/C++ programming languages? ----------------------------------------------------------------------- The simplest way of defining a matrix using the C/C++ programming languages is to make use of the "typedef" keyword. Both 3x3 and 4x4 matrices may be defined in this way ie: typedef float MATRIX3[9]; typedef float MATRIX4[16]; Since each type of matrix has dimensions 3x3 and 4x4, this requires 9 and 16 data elements respectively. At first glance, the use of a single linear array of data values may seem counter-intuitive. The use of two dimensional arrays may seem more convenient ie. typedef float MATRIX3[3][3]; typedef float MATRIX4[4][4]; However, the use of two reference systems for each matrix element very often leads to confusion. With mathemetics, the order is row first (i), column second (j) ie. Mij Using C/C++, this becomes matrix[j][i] Using two dimensional arrays also incurs a CPU performance penalty in that C compilers will often make use of multiplication operations to resolve array index operations. So, it is more efficient to stick with linear arrays. However, one issue still remains to be resolved. How is an two dimensional matrix mapped onto a linear array? Since there are only two methods (row first/column second or column first/row column). The performance differences between the two are subtle. If all for-next loops are unravelled, then there is very little difference in the performance for operations such as matrix-matrix multiplication. Using the C/C++ programming languages the linear ordering of each matrix is as follows: mat[0] = M mat[3] = M 00 03 mat[12] = M mat[15] = M 30 33 | 0 1 2 3 | | | | 0 1 2 | | 4 5 6 7 | | | M = | | M = | 3 4 5 | | 8 9 10 11 | | | | | | 6 7 8 | | 12 13 14 15 | Q4. What are the advantages of using matrices? ----------------------------------------------- One of the first questions asked about the use of matrices in computer animation is why they should be used at all in the first place. Intuitively, it would appear that the overhead of for-next loops and matrix multiplication would slow down an application. Arguments that resolve these objections can be pointed out. These include the use of CPU registers to handle loop counters on-board data caches to optimise memory accesses. Advantages can also be pointed out. By following a mathematical approach to defining 3D algorithms, it is possible to predict and plan the design of a 3D animation system. Such mathematical approaches allow for the implementation of character animation, spline curves and inverse kinematics. However, one objection that frequently comes up is that it would be quicker to just multiply each pair of coordinates by the rotation coefficients for that axis, rather than perform a full vector-matrix multiplication. ie. Rotation in X transforms Y and Z Rotation in Y transforms X and Z Rotation in Z transforms X and Y The argument to this goes as follows: Given a vertex V = (x,y,z), rotation angles (A,B and C) and translation (D,E,F). A the algorithm is defined as follows: --------------------------- sx = sin(A) // Setup - only done once cx = cos(A) sy = sin(B) cy = cos(B) sz = sin(C) cz = cos(C) x1 = x * cz + y * sz // Rotation of each vertex y1 = y * cz - x * sz z1 = z x2 = x1 * cy + z1 * sy y2 = z1 z2 = z1 * cy - x1 * sy x3 = x2 y3 = y2 * cx + z1 * sx z3 = z2 * cx - x1 * sx xr = x3 + D // Translation of each vertex yr = y3 + E zr = z3 + F --------------------------- Altogether, this algorithm will use the following amounts of processing time: Set-up Per-vertex ------------------------- ------------------------ 6 trigonometric functions 6 assignment operations. 12 assignment 12 multiplication 9 addition ------------------------- ------------------------ Assume that the same operations is being performed using matrix multiplication. With a 4x4 matrix, the procesing time is used as follows: Set-up Change Per-vertex Change -------------------------- ------ ------------------------ ------ 6 trigonometric functions 0 0 18 assignment operation -12 3 assignment -9 12 multiplication +12 9 multiplication -3 6 subtraction +6 6 addition -3 -------------------------- ------ ------------------------ ------ Comparing the two tables, it can be seen that setting up a rotation matrix costs at least 12 multiplication calculations and an extra 18 assignment calls. However, while this may seem extravagant, the savings come from processing each vertex. Using matrix multiplication, the savings made from processing just 4 vertices, will outweigh the additional set-up cost. Q5. How do matrices relate to coordinate systems? -------------------------------------------------- With either 3x3 or 4x4 rotation, translation or shearing matrices, there is a simple relationship between each matrix and the resulting coordinate system. The first three columns of the matrix define the direction vector of the X, Y and Z axii respectively. If a 4x4 matrix is defined as: | A B C D | M = | E F G H | | I J K L | | M N O P | Then the direction vector for each axis is as follows: X-axis = [ A E I ] Y-axis = [ B F J ] Z-axis = [ C G K ] Arithmetic ========== Q6. What is the identity matrix? --------------------------------- The identity matrix is matrix in which has an identical number of rows and columns. Also, all the elements in which i=j are set one. All others are set to zero. For example a 4x4 identity matrix is as follows: | 1 0 0 0 | M = | 0 1 0 0 | | 0 0 1 0 | | 0 0 0 1 | Q7. What is the major diagonal of a matrix? -------------------------------------------- The major diagonal of a matrix is the set of elements where the row number is equal to the column number ie. M where i=j ij In the case of the identity matrix, only the elements on the major diagonal are set to 1, while all others are set to 0. Q8. What is the transpose of a matrix? --------------------------------------- The transpose of matrix is the matrix generated when every element in the matrix is swapped with the opposite relative to the major diagonal This can be expressed as the mathematical operation: M' = M ij ji However, this can only be performed if a matrix has an equal number of rows and columns. If the matrix M is defined as: | 0.707 -0.866 | M = | | | 0.866 0.707 | Then the transpose is equal to: | 0.707 0.866 | T = | | | -0.866 0.707 | If the matrix is a rotation matrix, then the transpose is guaranteed to be the inverse of the matrix. Q9. How do I add two matrices together? ---------------------------------------- The rule of thumb with adding two matrices together is: "add row and column to row and column" This can be expressed mathematically as: R = M + L ij ij ij However, both matrices must be identical in size. For example, if the 2x2 matrix M is added with the 2x2 matrix L then the result is as follow: R = M + L | A B C | | J K L | | | | | = | D E F | + | M N O | | | | | | G H I | | P Q R | | A+J B+K C+L | | | = | D+M E+N F+O | | | | G+P H+Q I+R | Q10. How do I subtract two matrices? ------------------------------------- The rule of thumb with subtracting two matrices is: "subtract row and column from row and column" This can be expressed mathematically as: R = M - L ij ij ij However, both matrices must be identical in size. For example, if the 2x2 matrix L is subtracted from the 2x2 matrix M then the result is as follows: R = M - L | A B C | | J K L | | | | | = | D E F | - | M N O | | | | | | G H I | | P Q R | | A-J B-K C-L | | | = | D-M E-N F-O | | | | G-P H-Q I-R | Q11. How do I multiply two matrices together? --------------------------------------------- The rule of thumb with multiplying two matrices together is: "multiply row into column and sum the result". This can be expressed mathematically as: n -- R = \ M x L ij / ij ji -- i=1 If the two matrices to be multiplied together have orders: M = AxB and L = CxD then the two values B and C must be identical. Also, the resulting matrix has an order of AxD Thus, it is possible to multiply a 4xN matrix with a 4x4 matrix but not the other way around. For example, if the 4x4 matrix M is defined as: | A B C D | M = | E F G H | | I J K L | | M N O P | and a 4x2 matrix L is defined as: L = | Q R | | S T | | U V | | W X | then the size of the resulting matrix is 2x4. The resulting matrix is defined as: R = M x L | A B C D | | Q R | = | E F G H | x | S T | | I J K L | | U V | | M N O P | | W X | | AQ+BS+CU+DW AR+BT+CV+DX | = | EQ+FS+GU+HW ER+FT+GV+HX | | IQ+JS+KU+LW IR+JT+KV+LX | | MQ+NS+OU+PW MR+NT+OV+PX | Q12. How do I square or raise a matrix to a power? -------------------------------------------------- A matrix may be squared or even raised to an integer power. However there are several restrictions. For all powers, the matrix must be orthogonal ie. have the same width and height For example, -1 M is the inverse of the matrix 0 M generates the identity matrix 1 M leaves the matrix undamaged. 2 M squares the matrix and 3 M generates the cube of the matrix Raising a matrix to a power greater than one involves multiplying a matrix by itself a specific number of times. For example, 2 M = M . M 3 M = M . M . M and so on. Raising the identity matrix to any power always generates the identity matrix ie. n I = I Q13. How do I multiply one or more vectors by a matrix? ------------------------------------------------------- The best way to perform this task is to treat the list of vectors as a single matrix, with each vector represented as a column vector. If N vectors are to be multiplied by a 4x4 matrix, then they can be treated as a single 4xN matrix: If the matrix is defined as: | A B C D | M = | E F G H | | I J K L | | M N O P | and the list of vectors is defined as: | x1 x2 x3 x4 x5| V = | y1 y2 y3 y4 y5| | z1 z2 z3 z4 z5| | 1 1 1 1 | Note that an additional row of constant terms is added to the vector list, all of which are set to 1.0. In real life, this row does not exist. It is simply used to make the orders of the matrix M and the vector list V match. Then the multiplication is performed as follows: M . V = V' | A B C D | | x1 x2 x3 x4 x5 | | A.x1+B.y1+C.z1+D A.x2+B.y2+C.z2+D ... | | E F G H | . | y1 y2 y3 y4 y5 | = | E.x1+F.y1+G.z1+H E.x2+F.y2+G.z2+H ... | | I J K L | | z1 z2 y3 y4 z5 | | I.x1+J.y1+K.z1+L I.x2+J.y2+K.z2+L ... | | M N O P | | 1 1 1 1 1 | | M.x1+N.y1+O.z1+P M.x2+N.y2+O.z2+P ... | For each vector in the list there will be a total of 12 multiplication 16 addition and 1 division operation (for perspective). If the matrix is known not to be a rotation or translation matrix then the division operation can be skipped. Determinants and Inverses ========================= Q14. What is the determinant of a matrix? ----------------------------------------- The determinant of a matrix is a floating point value which is used to indicate whether the matrix has an inverse or not. If negative, then no inverse exists. If the determinant is positive, then an inverse exists. For an identity matrix, the determinant is always equal to one. Any matrix with a determinant of 1.0 is said to be isotropic. Thus all rotation matrices are said to be isotropic, since the determinant is always equal to 1.0. This can be proved as follows: | A B | | cos X -sin X | M = | | = | | | C D | | sin X cos X | D = AD - BC D = (cos X . cos X) - (-sin X . sin X) 2 2 D = (cos X ) + (sin X) 2 2 But, cos X + sin X = 1 Therefore, D = 1 Q15. How do I calculate the determinant of a matrix? ---------------------------------------------------- The determinant of a matrix is calculated using Kramer's rule, where the value can be calculated by breaking the matrix into smaller matrices. For a 2x2 matrix M, the determinant D is calculated as follows: | A B | M = | | | C D | D = AD - BC For 3x3 and 4x4 matrices, this is more complicated, but can be solved by methods such as Kramer's Rule. Q16. What are Isotropic and Anisotropic matrices? ------------------------------------------------- An Isotropic matrix is one in which the sum of the squares of all three rows or columns add up to one. A matrix in which this is not the case, is said to be Anisotropic. When 3x3 or 4x4 matrices are used to rotate and scale an object, it is sometimes necessary to enlarge or shrink one axis more than the others. For example, with seismic surveys, it is convenient to enlarge the Z-axis by a factor or 50 or more, while letting the X and Y axii remain the same. Another example is the implementation of "squash" and "stretch" with character animation. When a character is hit by a heavy object eg. an anvil, the desired effect is to character stretched out sideways and squashed vertically: A suitable matrix would be as follows: | 2 0 0 0 | M = | 0 2 0 0 | | 0 0 0.5 0 | | 0 0 0 1 | However, there is problem looming ahead. While this matrix will cause no problems with the transformation of vertex data, it will cause problems with gouraud shading using outward normals. Because the transformation stage is implemented using matrix multiplication, both vertex data and outward normal data will be multiplied with this matrix. While this is not a problem with vertex data (it is the desired effect) it causes a major headache with the outward normal data. After raw multiplication, each outward normal will no longer be normalised and consequently will affect other calculations such as shading and back-face culling. Q17. What is the inverse of a matrix? ------------------------------------- -1 Given a matrix M, then the inverse of that matrix, denoted as M , is the matrix which satisfies the following expression: -1 M . M = I where I is the identity matrix. Thus, multiplying a matrix with its inverse will generate the identity matrix. However, several requirements must be satisfied before the inverse of a matrix can be calculated. These include that the width and height of the matrix are identical and that the determinant of the matrix is non-zero. Calculating the inverse of a matrix is a task often performed in order to implement inverse kinematics using spline curves. Q18. How do I calculate the inverse of an arbitary matrix? ---------------------------------------------------------- Depending upon the size of the matrix, the calculation of the inverse can be trivial or extremely complicated. For example, the inverse of a 1x1 matrix is simply the reciprical of the single element: ie. M = | x | Then the inverse is defined as: -1 | 1 | M = | - | | x | Solving 2x2 matrices and larger can be achieved by using Kramer's Rule or by solving as a set of simultaneous equations. However, in certain cases, such as identity or rotation matrices, the inverse is already known or can be determined from taking the transpose of the matrix. Q19. How do I calculate the inverse of an identity matrix? ---------------------------------------------------------- Don't even bother. The inverse of an identity matrix is the identity matrix. ie. -1 I . I = I Any identity matrix will always have a determinant of +1. Q20. How do I calculate the inverse of a rotation matrix? --------------------------------------------------------- Since a rotation matrix always generates a determinant of +1, calculating the inverse is equivalent of calculating the transpose. Alternatively, if the rotation angle is known, then the rotation angle can be negated and used to calculate a new rotation matrix. Q21. How do I calculate the inverse of a matrix using Kramer's rule? -------------------------------------------------------------------- Given a 3x3 matrix M: | A B C | | | M = | D E F | | | | G H I | Then the determinant is calculated as follows: n --- \ i det M = / M * submat M * -1 --- 0,i 0,i i=1 where submat M defines the matrix composed of all rows and columns of M ij excluding row i and column j. submat may be called recursively. ij If the determinant is non-zero then the inverse of the matrix exists. In this case, the value of each matrix element is defined by: -1 1 i+j M = ----- * det submat M * -1 j,i det M i,j Q22. How do I calculate the inverse of a 2x2 matrix? ---------------------------------------------------- For a 2x2 matrix, the calculation is slightly harder. If the matrix is defined as follows: | A B | M = | | | C D | Then the determinant is defined as: det = AD - BC And the inverse is defined as: -1 1 | D -B | M = --- | | det | -C A | This can be proved using Kramer's rule. Given the matrix M: | A B | M = | | | C D | Then the determinant is: 0 1 det = M * submat M * -1 + M * submat M * -1 0,0 0,0 0,1 0,1 <=> M * M * 1 + M * M * -1 0,0 1,1 0,1 1,0 <=> A * D + B * C * -1 <=> AD + BC . -1 <=> AD - BC ============== And the inverse is derived from: -1 0+0 -1 M = det submat * -1 <=> M = M * 1 <=> D 0,0 0,0 0,0 1,1 -1 1+0 -1 M = det submat * -1 <=> M = M * -1 <=> C * -1 0,1 1,0 0,1 1,0 -1 0+1 -1 M = det submat * -1 <=> M = M * -1 <=> B * -1 1,0 0,1 1,0 0,1 -1 1+1 -1 M = det submat * -1 <=> M = M * 1 <=> A 1,1 1,1 1,1 0,0 Then the inverse matrix is equal to: -1 1 | D -C | M = --- | | det | -B A | Providing that the determinant is not zero. Q23. How do I calculate the inverse of a 3x3 matrix? ---------------------------------------------------- For 3x3 matrices and larger, the inverse can be calculated by either applying Kramer's rule or by solving as a set of linear equations. If Kramer's rule is applied to a matrix M: | A B C | M = | D E F | | G H I | then the determinant is calculated as follows: det M = A * (EI - HF) - B * (DI - GF) + C * (DH - GE) Providing that the determinant is non-zero, then the inverse is calculated as: -1 1 | EI-FH -(BI-HC) BF-EC | M = ----- . | -(DI-FG) AI-GC -(AF-DC) | det M | DH-GE -(AH-GB) AE-BD | This can be implemented using a pair of 'C' functions: --------------------------------- VFLOAT m3_det( MATRIX3 mat ) { VFLOAT det; det = mat[0] * ( mat[4]*mat[8] - mat[7]*mat[5] ) - mat[1] * ( mat[3]*mat[8] - mat[6]*mat[5] ) + mat[2] * ( mat[3]*mat[7] - mat[6]*mat[4] ); return( det ); } ---------------------------------- void m3_inverse( MATRIX3 mr, MATRIX3 ma ) { VFLOAT det = m3_det( ma ); if ( fabs( det ) < 0.0005 ) { m3_identity( ma ); return; } mr[0] = ma[4]*ma[8] - ma[5]*ma[7] / det; mr[1] = -( ma[1]*ma[8] - ma[7]*ma[2] ) / det; mr[2] = ma[1]*ma[5] - ma[4]*ma[2] / det; mr[3] = -( ma[3]*ma[8] - ma[5]*ma[6] ) / det; mr[4] = ma[0]*ma[8] - ma[6]*ma[2] / det; mr[5] = -( ma[0]*ma[5] - ma[3]*ma[2] ) / det; mr[6] = ma[3]*ma[7] - ma[6]*ma[4] / det; mr[7] = -( ma[0]*ma[7] - ma[6]*ma[1] ) / det; mr[8] = ma[0]*ma[4] - ma[1]*ma[3] / det; } --------------------------------- Q24. How do I calculate the inverse of a 4x4 matrix? ---------------------------------------------------- As with 3x3 matrices, either Kramer's rule can be applied or the matrix can be solved as a set of linear equations. An efficient way is to make use of the existing 'C' functions defined to calculate the determinant and inverse of a 3x3 matrix. In order to implement Kramer's rule with 4x4 matrices, it is necessary to determine individual sub-matrices. This is achieved by the following routine: -------------------------- void m4_submat( MATRIX4 mr, MATRIX3 mb, int i, int j ) { int ti, tj, idst, jdst; for ( ti = 0; ti < 4; ti++ ) { if ( ti < i ) idst = ti; else if ( ti > i ) idst = ti-1; for ( tj = 0; tj < 4; tj++ ) { if ( tj < j ) jdst = tj; else if ( tj > j ) jdst = tj-1; if ( ti != i && tj != j ) mb[idst*3 + jdst] = mr[ti*4 + tj ]; } } } -------------------------- The determinant of a 4x4 matrix can be calculated as follows: -------------------------- VFLOAT m4_det( MATRIX4 mr ) { VFLOAT det, result = 0, i = 1; MATRIX3 msub3; int n; for ( n = 0; n < 4; n++, i *= -1 ) { m4_submat( mr, msub3, 0, n ); det = m3_det( msub3 ); result += mr[n] * det * i; } return( result ); } -------------------------- And the inverse can be calculated as follows: -------------------------- int m4_inverse( MATRIX4 mr, MATRIX4 ma ) { VFLOAT mdet = m4_det( ma ); MATRIX3 mtemp; int i, j, sign; if ( fabs( mdet ) < 0.0005 ) return( 0 ); for ( i = 0; i < 4; i++ ) for ( j = 0; j < 4; j++ ) { sign = 1 - ( (i +j) % 2 ) * 2; m4_submat( ma, mtemp, i, j ); mr[i+j*4] = ( m3_det( mtemp ) * sign ) / mdet; } return( 1 ); } -------------------------- Having a function that can calculate the inverse of any 4x4 matrix is an incredibly useful tool. Application include being able to calculate the base matrix for splines, inverse rotations and rearranging matrix equations. Q25. How do I calculate the inverse of a matrix using linear equations? ----------------------------------------------------------------------- If a matrix M exists, such that: | A B C | M = | D E F | | G H I | then the inverse exists: | P Q R | M' = | S T U | | V W X | and the following expression is valid: -1 M . M = I | A B C | | P Q R | | 1 0 0 | | D E F | . | S T U | = | 0 1 0 | | G H I | | V W X | | 0 0 1 | The inverse can then be calculated through the solution as a set of linear equations ie.: | AP + BS + CV | | 1 | Column 0 (X) | DP + ES + FV | = | 0 | | GP + HS + IV | | 0 | | AQ + BT + CW | | 0 | Column 1 (Y) | DQ + ET + FW | = | 1 | | GQ + HT + IW | | 0 | | AR + BU + CX | | 0 | Column 2 (Z) | DR + EU + FX | = | 0 | | GR + HU + IX | | 1 | Transforms ========== Q26. What is a rotation matrix? ------------------------------- A rotation matrix is used to rotate a set of points within a coordinate system. While the individual points are assigned new coordinates, their relative distances do not change. All rotations are defined using the trigonometric "sine" and "cosine" functions. For a two-dimensional coordinate system, the rotation matrix is as follows: | cos(A) -sin(A) | | | | sin(A) cos(A) | With the rotation angle A set to zero, this generates the identity matrix: | 1 0 | I = | | | 0 1 | If the rotation is set to +90 degrees, then the matrix is as follows: | 0 -1 | M = | | | 1 0 | If the rotation is set to -90 degrees, then the matrix is as follows: | 0 1 | M = | | | -1 0 | Negating the rotation angle is equivalent to generating the transpose of the matrix. If a rotation matrix is multiplied with its transpose, the result is the identity matrix. Q27. How do I generate a rotation matrix in the X-axis? ------------------------------------------------------- Use the 4x4 matrix: | 1 0 0 0 | M = | 0 cos(A) -sin(A) 0 | | 0 sin(A) cos(A) 0 | | 0 0 0 1 | Q28. How do I generate a rotation matrix in the Y-axis? ------------------------------------------------------- Use the 4x4 matrix: | cos(A) 0 -sin(A) 0 | M = | 0 1 0 0 | | sin(A) 0 cos(A) 0 | | 0 0 0 1 | Q29. How do I generate a rotation matrix in the Z-axis? ------------------------------------------------------- Use the 4x4 matrix: | cos(A) -sin(A) 0 0 | M = | sin(A) cos(A) 0 0 | | 0 0 1 0 | | 0 0 0 1 | Q30. What are Euler angles? --------------------------- Euler angles are the name given to the set of rotation angles which specify the rotation in each of the X, Y and Z rotation axii. These are specfied in vector format eg. |x y z| and can be stored as a VECTOR data structure. For example, the set | 0 0 0 | will always generate the identity matrix. Other angles are represented as follows: | 90 0 0 | is a rotation of +90 degrees in the X-axis. | 0 90 0 | is a rotation of +90 degrees in the Y-axis and | 0 0 90 | is a rotation of +90 degrees in the Z-axis. Euler angles can be represented using a single vector data structure. Q31. What are Yaw, Roll and Pitch? ---------------------------------- Yaw, Roll and Pitch are aeronautical terms for rotation using the Euclidean coordinate system (Euler angles), relative to the local coordinate system of an aeroplane. Imagine you are viewing an aeroplane from above and from directly behind. The Z-axis is lined up with the tail and nose of the aeroplane. The X-axis runs from the tip of the left wing to the tip of the right wing. The Y axis points straight up from the ground. Pitch then becomes rotation in the X-axis, Yaw becomes rotation in the Y-axis and Roll becomes rotation in the Z-axis. Q32. How do I combine rotation matrices? ---------------------------------------- Rotation matrices are combined together using matrix multiplication. As a result, the order of multiplication is very important. Q33. What is Gimbal lock? ------------------------- Gimbal lock is the name given to a problem that occurs with the use of Euler angles. Because the final rotation matrix depends on the order of multiplication, it is sometimes the case that the rotation in one axis will be mapped onto another rotation axis. Even worse, it may become impossible to rotate an object in a desired axis. This is called Gimbal lock. For example, assume that an object is being rotated in the order Z,Y,X and that the rotation in the Y-axis is 90 degrees. In this case, rotation in the Z-axis is performed first and therefore correctly. The Y-axis is also rotated correctly. However, after rotation in the Y axis, the X-axis is rotated onto the Z-axis. Thus, any rotation in the X-axis actually rotates the object in the Z-axis. Even worse, it becomes to rotate the object in the X-axis. The only solution to this problem is to make use of Quaternions. Q34. What is the correct way to combine rotation matrices? ---------------------------------------------------------- Really, there is no "correct way" of combining rotation matrices. However, in order to be able to predict the result of combining matrices together, some organisation is required. This is also necessary if a full 3D matrix library is to be built. The simplest way to rotate an object is to multiply the matrices using the order: M = X.Y.Z where M is the final rotation matrix, and X,Y,Z are the individual rotation matrices. This defines a rotation in the X-axis (pitch) first, followed by the Y-axis (yaw) and a final rotation in the Z-axis (roll). However, whenever the view from the camera viewpoint is being evaluated, then the order and signs of the rotation is reversed. For example, if you are standing up, and turn to your left, everything in your field of view appears to move towards the right. However, someone else facing you will say that you turned towards their right. Thus the view from the camera is modelled using the order: M = -Z.-Y.-X This is the inverse (or transpose) of the rotation matrix generated if the camera were being rendered as another object. Q35. How do I generate a rotation matrix from Euler angles? ----------------------------------------------------------- At first glance, the most obvious method to generate a rotation matrix from a set of Euler angles is to generate each matrix individually and multiply all three together ie. m3_rotx( mat_x, vec -> angle_x ); m3_roty( mat_y, vec -> angle_y ); m3_rotz( mat_z, vec -> angle_z ); m3_mult( mat_tmp, mat_z, mat_y ); m3_mult( mat_final, mat_tmp, mat_x ); This set of calls could be placed in a separate routine eg. m3_fromeuler( MATRIX *mat_final, VECTOR3 *euler ) However, to perform this sequence of calls is very wasteful in terms of processing time. Given that each 4x4 rotation matrix is guaranteed to have 10 elements with value zero (0), 2 elements with value one (1) and four others of arbitary value, over 75% of every matrix operation is wasted. This does not include the set up and initialisation of each matrix. Altogether, over 75% of all matrix operations are spent processing arithmetic expressions which lead to either zero or one. A more efficient way must be found. Fortunately, there is another way of determining the final resulting matrix. If all three matrices are combined in algebraic format, the following expression is defined: M = X.Y.Z where M is the final matrix, X is the rotation matrix for the X-axis, Y is the rotation matrix for the Y-axis, Z is the rotation matrix for the Z-axis. Expanding into rotation matrices in algebraic format gives: | 1 0 0 | X = | 0 A -B | | 0 B A | | C 0 -D | Y = | 0 1 0 | | D 0 C | | E -F 0 | Z = | F E 0 | | 0 0 1 | where A,B are the cosine and sine of the X-axis rotation axis, C,D are the cosine and sine of the Y-axis rotation axis, E,F are the cosine and sine of the Z-axis rotation axis. Then the expression: M = X.Y.Z can be split into two matrix multiplications: M' = X.Y M = M'.Z Evaluating M' first: M' = X.Y | 1 0 0 | | C 0 -D | M' = | 0 A -B | . | 0 1 0 | | 0 B A | | D 0 C | | 1.C + 0.0 + 0.D 1.0 + 0.1 + 0.0 1.-D + 0.0 + 0.C | M' = | 0.C + A.0 + -B.D 0.0 + A.1 + -B.0 0.-D + A.0 + -B.C | | 0.C + B.0 + A.D 0.0 + B.1 + A.0 0.-D + B.0 + A.C | Simplifying M' gives: | C 0 -D | M' = | -B.D A -B.C | | A.D B A.C | Evaluating M gives: M = M'.Z | C 0 -D | | E -F 0 | M = | -BD A -BC | . | F E 0 | | AD B AC | | 0 0 1 | | C.E + 0.F + -D.0 C.-F + 0.E + -D.0 C.0 + 0.0 + -D.1 | M = | -BD.E + A.F + -BC.0 -BD.-F + A.E + -BC.0 -BD.0 + A.0 + -BC.1 | | AD.E + B.F + AC.0 AD.-F + B.E + AC.0 AD.0 + 0.0 + AC.1 | Simplifying M gives a 3x3 matrix: | CE -CF -D | M = | -BDE+AF -BDF+AE -BC | | ADE+BF -ADF+BE AC | This is the final rotation matrix. As a 4x4 matrix this is: | CE -CF -D 0 | M = | -BDE+AF BDF+AE -BC 0 | | ADE+BF -ADF+BE AC 0 | | 0 0 0 1 | The individual values of A,B,C,D,E and F are evaluated first. Also, the values of BD and AD are also evaluated since they occur more than once. Thus, the final algorithm is as follows: ----------------------- A = cos(angle_x); B = sin(angle_x); C = cos(angle_y); D = sin(angle_y); E = cos(angle_z); F = sin(angle_z); AD = A * D; BD = B * D; mat[0] = C * E; mat[1] = -C * F; mat[2] = -D; mat[4] = -BD * E + A * F; mat[5] = BD * F + A * E; mat[6] = -B * C; mat[8] = AD * E + B * F; mat[9] = -AD * F + B * E; mat[10] = A * C; mat[3] = mat[7] = mat[11] = mat[12] = mat[13] = mat[14] = 0; mat[15] = 1; ----------------------- Using basic matrix calculations, the operation count would reach 128 multiplications, 96 additions and 80 assignments operations. Using the optimised algorithm, only 12 multiplications, 6 subtractions and 18 assignment operations are required. So, it is obvious that by using the optimised algorithm, a performance achievement of 1000% is achieved! Q36. How do I convert a rotation matrix to Euler angles? -------------------------------------------------------- This operation is the exact opposite to the one answered in the question above. Given that the rotation matrix is: | CE -CF -D 0 | M = | -BDE+AF BDF+AE -BC 0 | | ADE+BF -ADF+BE AC 0 | | 0 0 0 1 | where A,B are the cosine and sine of the X-axis rotation axis, C,D are the cosine and sine of the Y-axis rotation axis, E,F are the cosine and sine of the Z-axis rotation axis. ----------------------- Then the entire process can be reversed: ----------------------------------- angle_y = D = -asin( mat[2]); C = cos( angle_y ); angle_y *= RADIANS; if ( fabs( angle_y ) > 0.0005 ) { trx = mat[10] / C; try = -mat[6] / C; angle_x = atan2( try, trx ) * RADIANS; trx = mat[0] / C; try = -mat[1] / C; angle_z = atan2( try, trx ) * RADIANS; } else { angle_x = 0; trx = mat[5]; try = mat[4]; angle_z = atan2( try, trx ) * RADIANS; } angle_x = clamp( angle_x, 0, 360 ); angle_y = clamp( angle_y, 0, 360 ); angle_z = clamp( angle_z, 0, 360 ); ----------------------------------- Q37. How do I generate a rotation matrix for a selected axis and angle? ----------------------------------------------------------------------- The only way to generate this type of rotation matrix is through the use of quaternion mathematics. See question [Q47. How do I convert a quaternion to a rotation matrix?] for further details. Q38. How do I generate a rotation matrix to map one vector onto another? ------------------------------------------------------------------------ When developing animation software, a common requirement is to find a rotation matrix that will map one direction vector onto another. This problem may be visualised by considering the two direction vectors to be attached at their starting points. Then the entire rotation space forms a unit sphere. In theory, there are an infinite number of rotation axii and angles that will map one vector onto the other. All of these axii lie on the plane where all of the points are the exact same distance from both vectors. However, only one solution is of practical interest. This is the path which covers the shortest angular distance between the two vectors. The rotation axis to this path is calculated by taking the cross product between the two vectors: Vaxis = Vs x Vf The rotation angle is calculated by taking the dot product between the two vectors: -1 Vangle = cos ( Vs . Vf ) One practical application of the solution to this problem is finding the shortest flight path between two cities. In this case, each city is represented as a direction vector generated from spherical coordinates. Since planet Earth is spherical, the desired flight path is the shortest angular rotation between the two cities. Q39. What is a translation matrix? ---------------------------------- A translation matrix is used to position an object within 3D space without rotating in any way. Translation operations using matrix multiplication can only be performed using 4x4 matrices. If the translation is defined by the vector [X Y Z ], then the 4x4 matrix to implement translation is as follows: | 1 0 0 X | | | | 0 1 0 Y | M = | | | 0 0 1 Z | | | | 0 0 0 1 | If the vector is [0 0 0] then the vertex list will remain as before. Q40. What is a scaling matrix? ------------------------------ A scaling matrix is used to enlarge or shrink the size of a 3D model. If the scaling vector is [X Y Z] then the matrix to perform this is as follows: | X 0 0 0 | | | | 0 Y 0 0 | M = | | | 0 0 Z 0 | | | | 0 0 0 1 | If the scaling vector is [1 1 1], then this generates the identity matrix and vertex geometry will remain unchanged. Q41. What is a shearing matrix? ------------------------------- A shearing matrix is used to make a 3D model appear to slant sideways. For example, "italic" text requires each character to slant towards the right. In three dimensions six possible shearing directions exist: o shear X by Y o shear X by Z o shear Y by X o shear Y by Z o shear Z by X o shear Z by Y All six shearing directions may be combined into a single matrix: | 1 Syx Szx 0 | | | | Sxy 1 Szy 0 | M = | | | Sxz Syz 1 0 | | | | 0 0 0 1 | | | Where Sij implements a shear of I by J Thus, Sxy shears X by Y In theory, rotation in three dimensions may be considered a combination of six shearing directions. Q42. How do I perform linear interpolation between two matrices? ---------------------------------------------------------------- Given two rotation matrices, the problem is to find a way of determining intermediate positions specified by a parametric variable t, where t ranges from 0.0 to 1.0 This can be achieved by converting the two matrices into either Euler angles or Spherical rotation angles (via quaternions) and a translation vector. In either case, each matrix is converted into a pair of 3D vectors. Interpolation between these two vectors can then be performed through the use of the standard linear interpolation equation: Vr = Va + t .(Vb - Va ) where Vr is the resulting vector Va is the start position vector Vb is the final position vector This equation may be applied to both translation and rotation vectors. Once determined, the resulting translation and rotation are then converted back into the desired intermediate matrix. Q43. How do I perform cubic interpolation between four matrices? ---------------------------------------------------------------- Given four rotation or translation matrices, the problem is to find a way of determining intermediate positions specified by a parametric variable t. This can be achieved by making use of cubic interpolation. As with linear interpolation, the four matrices are converted into their corresponding translation and rotation vectors (Again, either Euler angles or spherical rotation angles). Each set of four vectors is then converted into a single geometry vector G. Through the use of spline mathematics, this geometry vector is converted into an interpolation matrix M. If the geometry vector is defined as: | x1 x2 x3 x4 | G = | y1 y2 y3 y4 | | z1 z2 z3 z4 | Then multiplication by the base matrix: | -4.5 9.0 -5.5 1.0 | Mb = | 13.5 -22.5 9.0 0.0 | | -13.5 18.0 -4.5 0.0 | | 4.5 -4.5 1.0 0.0 | will generate the 3x4 interpolation matrix Mi: Mi = G .Mb This can be implemented through a standard matrix-vector multiplication. Interpolation can then be performed by the use of the parametric variable t: R = Mi . t |t^3| | xr | | A B C D | |t^2| | yr | = | E F G H | . |t | | zr | | I J K L | |1 | The result vector can then be converted back into a rotation or translation matrix. It should be noted that the rotation paths that are generated may occasionally become rather loopy. This is normal, as the algorithm is trying to find the path with the least amount of rotation between all four vectors. Of the two methods, spherical rotation angles will usually be seen to provide the cleanest interpolation paths for rotation. Q44. How can I render a matrix? ------------------------------- When using a graphics window for 3D animation, it is convenient to be able to view a rotation matrix concurrently with the animation. However, displaying a rotation matrix as an array of numeric values does not provide a very meaningful context. An alternative to rendering numeric data is to make use of graphical display methods such as bar-graphs. Much like a graphic equalizer on a stereo, a rotation matrix may be displayed in a bar graph format. Each element of the rotation matrix is rendered as an individual bar-graph in the range -1 to +1. A 3x3 matrix would look like the following: +--+ +--+ +--+ |##| | | | | +--+ +--+ +--+ | | | | | | +--+ +--+ +--+ +--+ +--+ +--+ | | |##| | | +--+ +--+ +--+ | | | | | | +--+ +--+ +--+ +--+ +--+ +--+ | | | | |##| +--+ +--+ +--+ | | | | | | +--+ +--+ +--+ In this case, the rotation matrix is the identity matrix, since each element in the major diagonal is +1, and all others are zero. For added visual clarity, parameters which are negative may shaded in a different colour than those which are positive. QUATERNIONS =========== Q45. What are quaternions? -------------------------- Quaternions extend the concept of rotation in three dimensions to rotation in four dimensions. This avoids the problem of "gimbal-lock" and allows for the implementation of smooth and continuous rotation. In effect, they may be considered to add a additional rotation angle to spherical coordinates ie. Longitude, Latitude and Rotation angles A Quaternion is defined using four floating point values |x y z w|. These are calculated from the combination of the three coordinates of the rotation axis and the rotation angle. Q46. How do quaternions relate to 3D animation? ----------------------------------------------- As mentioned before, Euler angles have the disadvantage of being susceptible to "Gimbal lock" where attempts to rotate an object fail due to the order in which the rotations are performed. Quaternions are a solution to this problem. Instead of rotating an object through a series of successive rotations, a quaternion allows the programmer to rotate an object through a single arbitary rotation axis. Because the rotation axis is specifed as a unit direction vector, it may be calculated through vector mathematics or from spherical coordinates ie (longitude/latitude). Quaternions offer another advantage in that they be interpolated. This allows for smooth and predictable rotation effects. Q47. How do I convert a quaternion to a rotation matrix? -------------------------------------------------------- Assuming that a quaternion has been created in the form: Q = |X Y Z W| Then the quaternion can then be converted into a 4x4 rotation matrix using the following expression: | 2 2 | | 1 - 2Y - 2Z 2XY - 2ZW 2XZ + 2YW | | | | 2 2 | M = | 2XY + 2ZW 1 - 2X - 2Z 2YZ - 2XW | | | | 2 2 | | 2XZ - 2YW 2YZ + 2XW 1 - 2X - 2Y | | | If a 4x4 matrix is required, then the bottom row and right-most column may be added. The matrix may be generated using the following expression: ---------------- xx = X * X; xy = X * Y; xz = X * Z; xw = X * W; yy = Y * Y; yz = Y * Z; yw = Y * W; zz = Z * Z; zw = Z * W; mat[0] = 1 - 2 * ( yy + zz ); mat[1] = 2 * ( xy - zw ); mat[2] = 2 * ( xz + yw ); mat[4] = 2 * ( xy + zw ); mat[5] = 1 - 2 * ( xx + zz ); mat[6] = 2 * ( yz - xw ); mat[8] = 2 * ( xz - yw ); mat[9] = 2 * ( yz + xw ); mat[10] = 1 - 2 * ( xx + yy ); mat[3] = mat[7] = mat[11 = mat[12] = mat[13] = mat[14] = 0; mat[15] = 1; ---------------- Q48. How do I convert a rotation matrix to a quaternion? -------------------------------------------------------- A rotation may be converted back to a quaternion through the use of the following algorithm: The process is performed in the following stages, which are as follows: Calculate the trace of the matrix T from the equation: 2 2 2 T = 4 - 4x - 4y - 4z 2 2 2 = 4( 1 -x - y - z ) = mat[0] + mat[5] + mat[10] + 1 If the trace of the matrix is greater than zero, then perform an "instant" calculation. S = 0.5 / sqrt(T) W = 0.25 / S X = ( mat[9] - mat[6] ) * S Y = ( mat[2] - mat[8] ) * S Z = ( mat[4] - mat[1] ) * S If the trace of the matrix is less than or equal to zero then identify which major diagonal element has the greatest value. Depending on this value, calculate the following: Column 0: S = sqrt( 1.0 + mr[0] - mr[5] - mr[10] ) * 2; Qx = 0.5 / S; Qy = (mr[1] + mr[4] ) / S; Qz = (mr[2] + mr[8] ) / S; Qw = (mr[6] + mr[9] ) / S; Column 1: S = sqrt( 1.0 + mr[5] - mr[0] - mr[10] ) * 2; Qx = (mr[1] + mr[4] ) / S; Qy = 0.5 / S; Qz = (mr[6] + mr[9] ) / S; Qw = (mr[2] + mr[8] ) / S; Column 2: S = sqrt( 1.0 + mr[10] - mr[0] - mr[5] ) * 2; Qx = (mr[2] + mr[8] ) / S; Qy = (mr[6] + mr[9] ) / S; Qz = 0.5 / S; Qw = (mr[1] + mr[4] ) / S; The quaternion is then defined as: Q = | Qx Qy Qz Qw | Q49. How do I convert a rotation axis and angle to a quaternion? ---------------------------------------------------------------- Given the rotation axis and angle, the following algorithm may be used to generate a quaternion: sin_a = sin( angle / 2 ) cos_a = cos( angle / 2 ) qx = axis -> x / sin_a qy = axis -> y / sin_a qz = axis -> z / sin_a qw = cos_a Q50. How do I convert a quaternion to a rotation axis and angle? ---------------------------------------------------------------- A quaternion can be converted back to a rotation axis and angle using the following algorithm: cos_angle = qr -> qw; angle = acos( cos_angle ) * 2 * RADIANS; sin_angle = sqrt( 1.0 - cos_angle * cos_angle ); if ( fabs( sin_angle ) < 0.0005 ) sa = 1; axis -> vx = qr -> qx / sa; axis -> vy = qr -> qy / sa; axis -> vz = qr -> qz / sa; Q51. How do I convert spherical rotation angles to a quaternion? ---------------------------------------------------------------- A rotation axis itself may be defined using spherical coordinates (latitude and longitude) and a rotation angle In this case, the quaternion can be calculated as follows: ----------------------- sin_a = sin( angle / 2 ) cos_a = cos( angle / 2 ) sin_lat = sin( latitude ) cos_lat = cos( latitude ) sin_long = sin( longitude ) cos_long = cos( longitude ) qx = sin_a * cos_lat * sin_long qy = sin_a * sin_lat qz = sin_a * sin_lat * cos_long qw = cos_a ----------------------- Q52. How do I convert a quaternion to spherical rotation angles? ---------------------------------------------------------------- A quaternion can be converted to spherical coordinates by extending the conversion process: ----------------------- cos_angle = q -> qw; sin_angle = sqrt( 1.0 - cos_angle * cos_angle ); angle = acos( cos_angle ) * 2 * RADIANS; if ( fabs( sin_angle ) < 0.0005 ) sa = 1; tx = q -> qx / sa; ty = q -> qy / sa; tz = q -> qz / sa; latitude = -asin( ty ); if ( tx * tx + tz * tz < 0.0005 ) longitude = 0; else longitude = atan2( tx, tz ) * RADIANS; if ( longitude < 0 ) longitude += 360.0; ----------------------- Q53. How do I use quaternions to perform linear interpolation between matrices? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For many animation applications, it is necessary to interpolate between two rotation positions of a given object. These positions may have been specified using keyframe animation or inverse kinematics. Using either method, at least two rotation matrices must be known, and the desired goal is to interpolate between them. The two matrices are referred to as the starting and finish matrices( MS and MF). Using linear interpolation, the interpolated rotation matrix is generated using a blending equation with the parameter T, which ranges from 0.0 to 1.0. At T=0, the interpolated matrix is equal to the starting matrix. At T=1, the interpolated matrix is equal to the finishing matrix. Then the interpolated rotation matrix (MI) is specified as: MI = F( MS, MI, T ) where F is a blending function. The first stage in interpolating between the two matrices is to determine the rotation matrix that will convert MS to MF. This is achieved using the following expression: -1 T = Ms . Mf where Ms is the start matrix, Mf is the finish matrix, and T is the intermediate matrix. The next stage is to convert this matrix into a rotation axis and angle. This is achieved by converting the matrix into a quaternion and finally into the required rotation axis and angle. In order to generate the interpolated rotation matrix, it is only necessary to scale the rotation angle and convert this angle and the rotation axis back into a rotation matrix. Using a 4x4 matrix library, this is as follows: m4_transpose( mt, ms ); /* Inverse */ m4_mult( ms, mt, mb ); /* Rotation matrix */ m4_to_axisangle( ms, axis, angle ); /* Rotation axis/angle */ for ( t = 0; t < 1.0; t += 0.05 ) { m4_from_axisangle( mi, axis, angle * t ); /* Final interpolation */ ... whatever ... } where t is the interpolation factor ranging from 0.0 to 1.0 Q54. How do I use quaternions to perform cubic interpolation between matrices? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ For some applications, it may not be convenient or possible to use linear interpolation for animation purposes. In this case, cubic interpolation is another alternative. In order to use cubic interpolation, at least four rotation matrices must be known. Each of these is then converted into a set of spherical rotations via quaternions and spherical rotation angles (ie. longitude, latitude and rotation angle). These are then multiplied with the base matrix for a Cardinal spline curve. This interpolation matrix can then be used to determine the intermediate spherical rotation angles. Once the interpolated coordinates are known (latitude, longitude and rotation angle), the interpolated rotation matrix can then be generated through the conversion to quaternions. Using a 4x4 matrix library, the algorithm is as follows: ---------------------------------------------------------------------- for ( n = 0; n < 4; n++ ) m4_to_spherical( mat[n], &v_sph[n] ); /* Spherical coordinates */ m4_multspline( m_cardinal, v_sph, v_interp ); /* Interpolation vector */ ... v3_cubic( v_pos, v_interp, t ); /* Interpolation */ m4_from_spherical( m_rot, v_pos ); /* Back to a matrix */ ----------------------------------------------------------------------