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Rotating Face Normals

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Hi everyone I wonder if anyone has any insight into this.

Is rotating a Face Normal any different to rotating a Vertex? I don't seem to be getting the correct results when applying a matrix transform to a face normal. I've tried using [b]D3DXVec3TransformNormal[/b] instead of [b]D3DXVec3TransformCoord[/b] but the documentation is says:
[quote]If you transforming a normal by a non-affine matrix, the matrix you pass to this function should be the transpose of the inverse of the matrix you would use to transform a coord[/quote]

I'm not sure what that means exactly and if it will help with rotating a Face Normal.
Basically My Code is:
[CODE]
D3DXMATRIX matRotX, matRotY, matRotZ, matRotTotal;
D3DXMatrixRotationX( &matRotX, pMeshCoords->Rotation.x );
D3DXMatrixRotationY( &matRotY, pMeshCoords->Rotation.y );
D3DXMatrixRotationZ( &matRotZ, pMeshCoords->Rotation.z );

matRotAll = matRotX * matRotY * matRotZ;

D3DXVec3TransformNormal( &RotFaceNormal, &FaceNormal, &matRotAll );
[/CODE]


Thanks in advance for any info anyone has!
David

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OK, I've tried the following:
[CODE]
D3DXMATRIX matRotX, matRotY, matRotZ, matRotTotal;
D3DXMatrixRotationX( &matRotX, pMeshCoords->Rotation.x );
D3DXMatrixRotationY( &matRotY, pMeshCoords->Rotation.y );
D3DXMatrixRotationZ( &matRotZ, pMeshCoords->Rotation.z );

matRotAll = matRotX * matRotY * matRotZ;

D3DXMatrixInverse( &matRotAll, NULL, &matRotAll );
D3DXMatrixTranspose( &matRotAll, &matRotAll );

D3DXVec3TransformNormal( &RotFaceNormal, &FaceNormal, &matRotAll );
[/CODE]

This hasn't helped.
Am I going about this the wrong way?

Thanks
David Edited by thekiwimaddog

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The matrix you're using looks like it's a pure rotation matrix with no scaling factor, so the "If you transforming a normal by a non-affine matrix, the matrix you pass to this function should be the transpose of the inverse of the matrix you would use to transform a coord" quote you're worrying about is irrelevant (the transpose of the inverse of your matrix should be the original matrix).

The other thing to worry about when transforming normals, is that you obviously don't want to apply the translation part of the matrix, but again in your case, your pure rotation matrix shouldn't be causing a problem, and the D3DXVec3TransformNormal function takes care of that for you anyway, so that's not the problem.

Unfortunately I don't know what's going wrong for you that you're getting incorrect results. Are you confident you're concatenating your xyz rotations in the order you need to be for you usage case?

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