Subject: Re: backface culling w/ camera question
> Say I have a cube in my 3D scene. The camera is being moved around via
> camera matrix transformations. Its possible to "fly" the camera towards and
> past the cube so that the cube is then behind the camera.
> It seems like backface culling will not totally hide the cube since some of
> its faces still "face" the camera even though the camera is not pointing at
> it. How can I totally hide things behind the camera? It would seem fairly
> obvious I need to know which way the camera is pointing, but Im not sure how
> to derive this from the position and rotation information I give my camera,
> and then use it to hide faces if theyre not being viewed by the camera.
In case of convex objects, proper backface culling hides backfacing
polygons in an intuitive way.
Usually backface culling is explained as:
* Take a vector D from camera position P to a polygon vertex V
* Let N be the normal of the polygon
* If dot(N, D) <= 0, the polygon is backfacing (well, actually non-
While this procedure works to reduce the polygon count, you can see in a
wireframe mode that polygons that should be culled away are still
The version that matches our intuition is:
* Take the vector D from camera position P to the midpoint (average) of
the vertices of the polygon.
* Proceed as above
If an object is concave, then for some view there might exist polygons
such they are front-facing but invisible. This is allright since
backface culling only promises to remove the backfacing polygons.
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