Rotational Axis

Summary

These axis describe movement in space within a RT3D engine.

Pitch, Yaw, and Roll

Pitch is red, yaw is green, and roll is blue.

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Rotational Axis
Image by Eric Chadwick

Pitch

Most RT3D engines count from 90 to -90 degrees, starting out pointed straight up, turning downwards and ending pointed straight down. If you nod your head "yes," this is pitch in action. Straight forward is 0 degrees. Also called declination.

Yaw

Most RT3D engines count from 0 to 360 degrees, starting out pointed straight forward, turning clockwise and ending pointed straight forwards again. If you shake your head "no," this is yaw in action. Straight forward is both 0 and 360 degrees. Also called azimuth.

Roll

Most RT3D engines count from -180 to 180 degrees, starting out twisted upside-down all the way to the left, turning clockwise and ending twisted upside-down all the way to the right. If you tilt your head to read the spine of a book, this is roll in action. Straight forward with no roll is 0 degrees.


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RotationalAxis (last edited 2010-08-11 15:11:20 by BrandonPhoenix)