*mot*. When Guybrush got on the raft, he would strangely rotate in a circular motion once on the raft.

To debug the problem, I commented out the lines in the set file

*mot.lua*regarding guybrush getting on the raft and found that it was a call to

*setrot*which caused the issue to occur. In this call,

*setrot*was called with

*TRUE*as the fourth parameter, causing Guybrush to rotate over time instead of snapping to the rotation. Due to some difficulties with getting the rotation before Guybrush turned out of the retail version, I used a

*textObject*in the lua script before

*setrot*was called to display the values. Here's the retail version and ResidualVM:

Guybrush's rotation before getting on the raft in the Retail Version |

Guybrush's rotation before getting on the raft in ResidualVM |

*setrot(0, 0, 0, TRUE)*

*with*

*guybrush:setrot(180, 69.8599, 180)*and found that the weird rotation still occurred. So, it seems there are actually two problems here:

- When rotating, Guybrush is sometimes rotated in axes that he shouldn't be when setrot is called without snapping to the new angles
- Guybrush's rotation is incorrect, with the yaw axis returning a negative value when it should be positive

*(0, 69.8599, 0)*first and found that the result looked right, indicating that the pitch and roll axes might be causing the problem. I then tried

*(45, 69.8599, 45)*and found that it also looked correct! However, at

*(90, 69.8599, 90)*, the issue re-appeared. In fact, any value below 90 seemed to work okay, while values greater than 90 caused problems. Out of curiosity, I then tried

*(-45, 69.8599, -45)*and found that it also worked fine! In fact, values between -90 and 90 (non-inclusive) seemed to produce the correct result, while values outside that range produced incorrect behavior.

This pointed to a problem with the conversions between Euler angles and other rotation forms in that angles between (-90, 90) were calculated correctly, but larger angles were not. First, I checked the functions that I wrote by implementing a simple perl program to compute the rotation matrices from Euler Angles and back again. This program can be found here and produces results demonstrating the correct equations for setting a rotation matrix from Euler Angles and retrieving the Euler Angles from the matrix:

Output from computing the Euler -> Matrix conversion for ZYX |

With the nomenclature straightened out, I then added a fix for singularities that arise from when it's impossible to determine the correct result. For an Euler Order of ZYX, we can see that when the Y Euler Angle is

*pi/2*(or

*90*degrees), it will be impossible to differentiate the other two angles. We can see this by inspecting the figure above, where we can see that if the result of

*Cy*is 0, then the components that are used by the

*arctan*cannot be used to determine the result. Cy is 0 when the cosine of the Y axis angle is

*pi/2*or -

*pi/2*. This state results in a condition called gimbal lock. To work around this issue, we can check to see if the conversion will produce gimbal lock and if so, chose a single rotation.

So, does correcting for gimbal lock fix any of our problems? We can be fairly certain that it won't just by inspection. In the scenario above, Guybrush's coordinates would not cause a singularity because the second angle (

*yaw*) is not +/-

*90*degrees. Still, it was a necessary fix!

So, what is really going wrong here? Let's try some more experimentation! First, let's rotate Guybrush from

*(0,0,0)*to

*(180, 0, 0)*and (0,0,0) to

*(0, 0, 180)*:

Pitch 180 Degrees - (0,0,0) to (180, 0, 0) |

Roll 180 Degrees - (0,0,0) to (0, 0, 180) |

Rotation of (0,0,0) to (180, 0, 180) |

*(0,0,0)*rotation. So, we can see that a rotation from (180, 0, 180) to (0, 0, 0) should only produce rotation in the yaw axis instead of rotating through the pitch and roll axes as well.

What causes this extra rotation? In ResidualVM, the turn methods of the Actor use Euler Angles to compute the rotation by making the angles equal. If instead, a Quaternion is used for rotation, this problem should be resolved. Now that the problem has been identified, in the next post, I'll address the issue.

by Joe Jezak (noreply@blogger.com) at August 19, 2014 12:09 PM