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[solved]Projecting 3D coordinates onto a 2D screen

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Is there any standard procedure of doing this? I need to figure out how because I want my camera to zoom in and out to keep all objects in the screen at the highest possible magnification. However, my game isn't top-down, so different parts of the plane in which the objects are ordered are different distances from the screen. I honestly have no idea where to even start in this case. My gut tells me it has something to do with the view and/or projection matrices, but I have no idea how to utilize them for this, or even if that's the correct direction to go at all. I'm using XNA if it matters, but as far as I know the method should at least be the same on all DirectX-derived platforms (and possibly OGL platforms). [Edited by - SeraphLance on July 7, 2008 9:21:57 PM]

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Do you mean the perspective divide?

Like this? : (Pardon my C++, I don't use it often)

int main()
//Screen dimensions
int screenWidth = 640;
int screenHeight = 480;
int angle = 40 ;

//Just some 3d point
int xCoord = 34 ;
int yCoord = 57 ;
int zCoord = 300;

//The 2d point we wish to find
float xPix;
float yPix;

float pi = 3.14159;

/*Scaling for a good projection, otherwise
we'd get weird results */
float scaleWidth = screenWidth / tan(angle * pi / 180);
float scaleHeight = screenHeight / tan(angle * pi / 180);

//calculate projection to screen
xPix = xCoord * scaleWidth / zCoord;
yPix = yCoord * scaleHeight / zCoord;

//Draw Pixel
pset(xPix, yPix);

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That's just what I was looking for. I was making it harder than it had to be by not transforming the world according to my matrices.

Turns out that XNA has a helper function for just this (matrix inputs included) but it helps to understand the math behind it.

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