3D movement calculation

Started by countnoobula, July 18, 2013, 13:26:02

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Hi Guys,

New here, well, lurk a lot, don't post much. A bit shy :P Anyway, I am having some trouble with calculations with moving my objects in a 3d space.

The exact object in question is a bullet. If I click, I need it to follow the path until either it exits the map or similar, but the part I am struggling with is setting the speed along the X axis, speed along the Y axis, and speed along the Z axis.

To elaborate further, when the user fires, it must spawn the entity and send it travelling in that direction at it's preset speed.

I hope this makes sense and that you can help please. I am not that great at Trig so have been failing at getting the speed it must go at.


What I would do, is calculate the direction from the camera's orientation.

I have values for rotation (Vector3f, so rotation around X is rotation.getX()). then direction.x = Math.cos(Math.toRadians(rotation.getY() + 90)); <- because of OpenGL's 0 rotation means forward, if you see the Y axis. If your rotation around Y is 0, you are facing -Z direction.

then direction.z = Math.sin(Math.toRadians(rotation.getY() + 90);

and direction.y = Math.cos(Math.toRadians(rotation.getX() + 90);

I'm not sure if this works. Try to visualize this on paper, it usually helps me


Thanks :D Sorry for late reply, it worked out though :D Got it working very nicely :)