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Thomas Obermaier

directional projection onto an arbitrary plane

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hi guys! How would you create a matrix that can handle directional projection onto a plane? i''m currently playing around with that, but there''s no suitable solution at the moment for me. has someone an idea how to do that? thx in advance, thomas

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Given a point and a direction, you have the equation for a line. Simply find the intersection of that line with the plane. Your plane equation looks like:

ax + by + cz + k = 0

where (a, b, c) is the normal and k is an offset from the origin.

That's one equation.

Your line can be written in parametric form as 3 equations:

x = d.x * t + x0
y = d.y * t + y0
z = d.z * t + z0

You can find (x0, y0, z0) by plugging in (p.x, p.y, p.z) for (x, y, z) and the known values of d. Therefore, the only remaining unknown is t. Once you known (x0, y0, z0), plug those 3 equations in for x, y, and z in the plane equation above. You will now have one equation and one unknown, the infamous t. Solve that 1 equation algebraically for t, then plug into the 3 x, y, z equations to get your intersection point!

Take care to handle the special cases when d.x, d.y, and/or d.z are zero. And when a, b, and/or c are zero. In the former cases, note that x, y, and/or z will be a constant value independent of t and so you just plug the constant value into the plane equation. In the latter case one or more of the terms of the plane equation will drop out.

Graham Rhodes
Principal Scientist
Applied Research Associates, Inc.

[edited by - grhodes_at_work on June 7, 2004 1:46:29 PM]

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Hum... Okay. I know this will be a solution... But how can i create this so it fits into a matrix M?

I''d like to multiplicate this matrix with every vertex, to get the directional projected vertex. like with planar projection shadows, so i can do this calculation on the GPU side.


Create directional projection matrix: Mprojection
Multiply the current modelview matrix with this special projection matrix

Vprojected = M * Vorigin

Is it even possible?


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I don''t know the answer to this question, but I seem to remember that the book ''3D Math Primer'' includes code to create a matrix that projects onto an arbitrary plane. So you might look into that.

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You may want to take a look at Mark Kilgards ''stencil reflections and shadows'' (or something like that) on the NVidia website. I seem to remember it building up a matrix that did what you say.

Hope you find it.

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