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Lauris Kaplinski

Member Since 02 Aug 2006
Offline Last Active Feb 18 2013 02:33 AM
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IK - Euler angles or quaternions?

20 September 2011 - 08:12 AM

I have got skeletal animation working as they should and now planning to enhance these with limb IK solvers (to keep feet on ground etc.)

Quaternions are much nicer for keyframed animations, no question.
But for IK solver Euler angles seem to be much more natural:

  • They allow me specify constraints easily (as maximum/minimum rotation angles). Converting constraints to quaternion space seems quite clumsy...
  • Joints with only 1 DOF (knees, elbows) have only 1 adjustable component in Euler angle based rotation, but 3(4) in quaternion, meaning that solver will probably be slower and noisier.
Am I overlooking something? How are IK solvers and constraints normally added to keyframed animation systems?
Or is it pseudoproblem, as (hopefully) most IK adjustments to legs and hands are small enough, so the lack of constraints would not be visible?

Any help would be welcome!

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