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[Open GL ES 2.0] Set camera position with SetLookAtM() giving goofy results

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Hi all,

First post here.In my Renderer class I have these vars:

[source lang="java"]
// Direction of camera
private float lookX = 0.0f;
private float lookY = 1.0f;
private float lookZ = 0.0f;

// Camera tilt
private float upX = 0.0f;
private float upY = 0.0f;
private float upZ = 1.0f;

// Position of camera
private float eyeX = 0.0f;
private float eyeY = 0.0f;
private float eyeZ = 0.0f;[/source]
Then to set the view matrix I use:

[source lang="java"]
Matrix.setLookAtM(mViewMatrix, 0, eyeX, eyeY, eyeZ, lookX, lookY, lookZ, upX, upY, upZ);[/source]

This all works perfectly well if eyeX, eyeY, and eyeZ are all set to 0. I can change the look vector and up vector when I want to rotate the camera position around and view the world. Works beautiful.

The problem is once I change the eyeX, eyeY, and eyeZ to some other arbitrary values so I can view my meshes from some place other than the origin, the rotations no longer work as expected. When I rotate the camera, all the meshes stay in view in front of me and just follow me.

What is it I need to do differently?

Thanks for any insights. Edited by Joey P
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Sounds like you expect the look vector to be the direction you want to view in but it is in fact the point you want to look at. I don't know if that's the case or not since I don't know the particular function you use, but that is how gluLookAt, and most other look at-functions i have seen, works.
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[quote name='Brother Bob' timestamp='1341092443' post='4954381']
Sounds like you expect the look vector to be the direction you want to view in but it is in fact the point you want to look at. I don't know if that's the case or not since I don't know the particular function you use, but that is how gluLookAt, and most other look at-functions i have seen, works.
[/quote]

Oh snap, you are right, I am passing in my direction vector into the values of lookX, lookY, and lookZ. And I'm passing in my position vector to the values eyeX, eyeY and eyeZ.

So I just changed it to
[source lang="java"]Matrix.setLookAtM(mViewMatrix, 0, eyeX, eyeY, eyeZ, eyeX + lookX, eyeY + lookY, eyeZ + lookZ, upX, upY, upZ);[/source]

And it works now :D Edited by Joey P
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