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Hands-On C++ Game Animation Programming

By : Gabor Szauer
Book Image

Hands-On C++ Game Animation Programming

By: Gabor Szauer

Overview of this book

Animation is one of the most important parts of any game. Modern animation systems work directly with track-driven animation and provide support for advanced techniques such as inverse kinematics (IK), blend trees, and dual quaternion skinning. This book will walk you through everything you need to get an optimized, production-ready animation system up and running, and contains all the code required to build the animation system. You’ll start by learning the basic principles, and then delve into the core topics of animation programming by building a curve-based skinned animation system. You’ll implement different skinning techniques and explore advanced animation topics such as IK, animation blending, dual quaternion skinning, and crowd rendering. The animation system you will build following this book can be easily integrated into your next game development project. The book is intended to be read from start to finish, although each chapter is self-contained and can be read independently as well. By the end of this book, you’ll have implemented a modern animation system and got to grips with optimization concepts and advanced animation techniques.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)

Creating the Frame struct

What is a frame of data? That depends on the interpolation type. If the interpolation is constant (step) or linear, a frame is just a time and value. When the interpolation is cubic, you need to store the tangents as well.

A Hermite curve is made by connecting Hermite splines. Each control point consists of a time, a value, an incoming tangent, and an outgoing tangent. The incoming tangent is used if the control point is evaluated with the point that comes before it. The outgoing tangent is used if the control point is evaluated with the point that comes after it.

The time value stored in a frame is scalar, but what about the data and tangents? Should these values be scalar, a vector, or a quaternion? To make that decision, you have to think about how you might want to organize a collection of frames into a curve.

There are two strategies to choose from. You could create a scalar curve object, where the data and tangents are scalar values. Then,...