I have my multi textured cloud billboards working nicely as long as i am not doing a roll.pitch and yaw work fine. The billboards are rotating with me on a roll which is wrong. I cant seem to figure out how to calculate a rotation to keep the billboard level with the scene.
Any help would be appreciated.
Im using the side and up vector to compute new postions of the quads on each pass.
It seems i need to counter the billboard rotation with the amount i am actually rotating about in my roll.

I think ill suggest something to myself I just thought of

If i check the angle(dot product) of the side vector of my camera with a known fixed vector thats keeping the billboard (clouds)aligned with the ground, this should give me the angle to do the rotating.

IMO you’re tackling this from the wrong direction (forgot the proverb involving the horses, dammit).

A billboard is defined as facing the camera. Extract the “forward” vector and make the billboard perpendicular to that.

Using camera “up” and “sideways” vectors to construct the billboard geometry achieves this, too, but this is more of a side-effect and brings with it the problems you’re seeing.

So just make it perpendicular to “forward”. Now you’ll quickly notice that this is not a complete definition. You need either an “up” vector or a “sideways” vector to fully define the billboard plane. Just pick one you like and stick with it. You could simply use “up” in world space, but this way you can also design/animate your billboards to have a certain roll or whatever. But don’t derive this from the camera. It is not inherently billboardish, so it shouldn’t be done.

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A billboard has four degrees of freedom in camera space (up/down, left/right, forward/backward, roll). By throwing in an extra camera-derived vectors to nail down the billboard, you’re restricting it to three degrees of freedom.

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A billboard is defined as facing the camera. Extract the “forward” vector and make the billboard perpendicular to that.
Using camera “up” and “sideways” vectors to construct the billboard geometry achieves this, too, but this is more of a side-effect and brings with it the problems you’re seeing
nice one, ild been using the side/up vectors until now but definitly just using the forward with a crossproduct is much better, thanks for that

Joe: I think I undestand what is your problem.
And the answer is simple. Don’t rotate the billboard! Just rotate the texture coordinates. Simple and without special thinking. More over You can rotate these texture coordinates in GLSL.

A billboard is defined as facing the camera. Extract the “forward” vector and make the billboard perpendicular to that.
Using camera “up” and “sideways” vectors to construct the billboard geometry achieves this, too, but this is more of a side-effect and brings with it the problems you’re seeing
Ok. So the crossproduct of my forward vector with my world fixed “up” vector defined by the position of that quad(s) will give me the side vector so i can define my coordinates for my billboards. Note that this is different from my camera up which can be always changing. I think ill try this first. My quads are placed on a sphere(earth) so their up vector is position dependant, plus they move so its varying.

Originally posted by Omaha:
[b]For billboards I just grab the modelview matrix…

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…and then reload that on top of the modelview stack.[/b]
Of course once you perform this transformation you just rotate along the Z axis to do the roll.