Matrix Class

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The matrix class holds a single 4x4 matrix for use in transformations. The matrix's data layout is in column-major format, which is to say that the matrix is multiplied from the left of vectors and positions. The translation values are stored in the last column of the matrix. A matrix is created with this line, and will always be initialized to the identity matrix.

m = tdu.Matrix()

You can also initialize a matrix with an initial set of values. Valid arguments for initialization is another tdu.Matrix, a list of 16 values or 4 lists of 4 values. The entries are specified column-by-column. For example the following lines of code will produce the shown matrix

m = tdu.Matrix([1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16])
# or
m = tdu.Matrix([1, 2, 3, 4], [5, 6, 7, 8], [9, 10, 11, 12], [13, 14, 15, 16])
# matrix values
1  5  9   13
2  6  10  14
3  7  11  15
4  8  12  16

You can also get transformation and projection matrices from Object COMP and Camera COMP by using the various methods such as transform(), pretransform(), projection().


Members[edit]

colslist of lists (Read Only):

The list of Matrix columns, each a list of values.

rowslist of lists (Read Only):

The list of Matrix rows, each a list of values.

valsfloat :

Get or set the set of Matrix values.

Methods[edit]

decompose()Tuple(Tuple, Tuple, Tuple):

Decomposes the matrix into its scale, rotate and translate values. These are the same as the translate, rotate and scale that are in the Geometry COMP and other Object components. However due to rotations being able to be solved in different ways, it's likely a decomposed transform matrix from a Geometry COMP will not have the same values as its parameter. The resulting transform is the same though. This function returns a tuple of tuples (3 tuples), which are the scale, rotate and translate values respectively.

s, r, t = m.decompose()

rotateOnAxis(rotationAxis, angle, fromRight=False, pivot=None)None:

Multiplies the current matrix by a new rotation matrix created by rotation angle degrees around the axis specified by rotationAxis. The angle is in degrees. The rotation is applied from the left of the matrix by default. That is to say, if R is the new rotation matrix specified by rotationAxis and angle, and M is the current matrix, then the result of this operation is M = R * M.

  • rotationAxis - A axis to rotate around. This should be a Vector or a list with 3 entries. It does not need to be normalized.
  • angle - The amount to rotate around the axis, specified in degrees.
  • fromRight - (Keyword, Optional) If True, the rotation matrix will be multiplied from the right instead of the left.
  • pivot - (Keyword, Optional) If given, the rotation will be applied around the given pivot. The pivot should be a Vector, Position or a list with 3 entries.

projectionFovX(fovX, aspectX, aspectY, near, far)None:

Replaces the contents of the matrix with a projection matrix defined by the FOV(given in degrees), an aspect ratio and near/far planes.

  • fovX - The horizontal FOV, specified in degrees.
  • aspectX, aspectY - The aspect ration values. These can be something like 16 and 9 for an aspect or the render resolution such as 1920 and 1080. The results will be the same for the same ratio.

transpose()None:

Transpose the values in the matrix.

m.transpose() # m now contains the transpose of the matrix

projectionFrustum(left, right, bottom, top, near, far)None:

Replaces the contents of the matrix with a projection matrix using the given frustum extents. The left, right, bottom, top extents are located on the near plane. This results in the same projection matrix as the OpenGL function glFrustum().

mapUnitSquareToQuad()None:

Set the current matrix to the projection matrix of mapping of a unit square to a quadrilateral.

mapQuadToUnitSquare()None:

Set the current matrix to the projection matrix of mapping of a quadrilateral to a unit square.

identity()None:

Replaces the values in the matrix with the identity matrix.

m.identity() # now contains the identity matrix

scale(sx, sy, sz, fromRight=False, pivot=None)None:

Multiplies the current matrix by a scale matrix created from sx, sy and sz. The scale is applied from the left of the matrix by default. That is to say, if S is the new scale matrix, and M is the current matrix, then the result of this operation is M = S * M.

  • sx, sy, sz - The scale value along each X, Y and Z axis.
  • fromRight - (Keyword, Optional) If True, the scale matrix will be multiplied from the right instead of the left.
  • pivot - (Keyword, Optional) If given, the scale will be applied around the given pivot. The pivot should be a Vector, Position or a list with 3 entries.
m = tdu.Matrix()
m.scale(2, 1, 1)

m = tdu.Matrix()
m.scale(2, 1, 2, pivot=[0, 5, 0])

m = tdu.Matrix()
p = tdu.Position(0, 5, 0)
m.scale(1, 2, 1, pivot=p)

rotate(rx, ry, rz, fromRight=False, pivot=None)None:

Multiplies the current matrix by 3 rotation matrices, first a rotation around the X axis by rx degrees, followed by a rotation around the Y axis by ry degrees, followed by the same for rz. The rotation values are in degrees. The rotation is applied from the left of the matrix by default. So if M is the current matrix, then the result of this operation is M = RZ * RY * RX * M.

  • rx, ry, rz - The rotation value around each X, Y and Z axis. The value is in degrees. The rotation is applied in XYZ order.
  • fromRight - (Keyword, Optional) If True, the rotation matrix will be multiplied from the right instead of the left. In this case the operation is M = M * RZ * RY * RX.
  • pivot - (Keyword, Optional) If given, the rotation will be applied around the given pivot. The pivot should be a Vector, Position or a list with 3 entries.
m = tdu.Matrix()
m.rotate(45, 0, 0)

m = tdu.Matrix()
m.rotate(0, 0, 90, pivot=[0, 5, 0])

m = tdu.Matrix()
p = tdu.Position(0, 5, 0)
m.rotate(0, 90, 0, pivot=p)

projectionStereo(ipd, convergeZ, fovX, aspectX, aspectY, near, far, rightEye = false)None:

Replaces the contents of the matrix with an asymetrical projection matrix suitable for stereo rendering. The left eye's projection matrix is given by default, set rightEye=True to get the right eye's instead. For proper rendering, the cameras will also need to be translated in X by -ipd/2 and +ipd/2 for the left and right eyes respectively.

  • ipd - Interpupillary distance of the user, generally specified in meters. Typically between 0.05 and 0.08
  • covergeZ - distance in Z from the camera where the stereo convergence should occur, in the same units as ipd.
  • aspectX, aspectY - The aspect ratio values. These can be something like 16 and 9 for an aspect or the render resolution such as 1920 and 1080. The results will be the same for the same ratio.
  • rightEye - (Keyword, Optional) If set to True, the matrix will contain the projection for the right eye, otherwise it will contain the projection for the left eye.

lookat(eyePos, target, up)None:

Multiplies the current matrix by a lookat matrix created using the given values to the matrix. The lookat matrix is applied from the left of the matrix by default. That is to say, if L is the new lookat matrix, and M is the current matrix, then the result of this operation is M = L * M. The values for to parameters can be given as anything that can be treated as a list of 3 values. E.g a tdu.Vector, tdu.Position or simply a list of size 3.

  • eyePos - The position in space of the eye/camera.
  • target - The position in space that should be looked at, from the eyePos.
  • up - The Up vector. Ensure the up vector isn't pointing in the same direction as the lookat direction.
m = tdu.Matrix()
eyeP = tdu.Position(0, 0, -5)
target = tdu.Position(0, 5, 5)
up = tdu.Position(0, 1, 0)
m.lookat(eyeP, target, up)

determinant()float:

Returns the determinant of the matrix.

l = m.determinant()

translate(tx, ty, tz, fromRight=False)None:

Multiplies the current matrix by a new translation matrix created from tx, ty and tz. The translation is applied from the left of the matrix by default. That is to say, if T is the new translation matrix, and M is the current matrix, then the result of this operation is M = T * M.

  • tx, ty, tz - The translation value in each axis.
  • fromRight - (Keyword, Optional) If True, the translation matrix will be multiplied from the right instead of the left.
m = tdu.Matrix()
m.translate(5, 0, 10)

fillTable(tableDAT)None:

Fill in the contents of a table from the matrix which the method is called upon.

  • tableDAT - The table to be filled.

invert()None:

Inverts the values in the matrix.

m.invert() # m now contains the inverse of the matrix

copy()tdu.Matrix:

Returns a new matrix that is a copy of the matrix.

newM = m.copy() # newM will have the same values as m, m is unchanged

Special Functions[edit]

[row, column]float:

Gets or sets the specified entry in the matrix.

tx = m[0, 3]
m[0, 3] = tx + 5

Matrix * Matrixtdu.Matrix:

Performs a matrix multiplication returns the results in a new matrix.

newM = m1 * m2

Matrix - Matrixtdu.Matrix:

Subtracts the matrices, component-by-component, and returns the results in a new matrix.

Matrix + Matrixtdu.Matrix:

Adds the matrices, component-by-component, and returns the results in a new matrix

tdu.Matrix * tdu.Vectortdu.Vector:

Multiplies the vector by the matrix and returns the a new vector as the result. Since a Vector is direction only and has no notion of a position, the translate part of the matrix does not get applied to the vector.

newV = M * v

tdu.Matrix * tdu.Positiontdu.Position:

Multiplies the position by the matrix and returns the a new position as the result. If the matrix was not an transformation matrix, such as a projection matrix instead, the perspective divide by W will automatically be applied to X, Y and Z.

newP = M * p


The component types that are used to render 3D scenes: Geometry Component contain the 3D shapes to render, plus Camera, Light, Ambient Light, Null, Bone, Handle and other component types.

An Operator Family that contains its own Network inside. There are twelve 3D Object Component and eight 2D Panel Component types. See also Network Path.