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Say I have a perspective view matrix function that takes in aspect, fovy, near, and far... Transforming the view into a frustum. Typical OpenGL stuff, right. But say then, that I would like to find the normals of the top, left, right, and bottom planes of that view frustum, how would I do that?

Edit: I forgot, the camera has a vector position, and a vector direction ...

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It becomes much clearer if you draw it from a top-down perspective:

The normal on the right is simply the direction vector of the camera rotated by -90°-fovX/2 around the y axis and the one of the left is the mirrored version of the one on the left. Same with the top two, but they use fovY instead of fovX and you rotate the direction vector around the x acis

Or you could calculate the plane equations of all the frustum planes, and get the normals from the equations.

A plane equation has the form:

Ax + By + Cz + D = 0

(A, B, C) represents the plane normal.

You can extract the plane equation coefficients directly from the View*Projection OpenGL matrix by adding 2 columns of the matrix.

This method is described here: http://www.cs.otago.ac.nz/postgrads/alexis/planeExtraction.pdf

Letting vp = View*Projection;

Here is some code I use;

struct Plane { float A, B, C, D; }; struct Frustum { Plane top, bottom, right, left,evie evie evie evie shoe ballroom shoe ballroom shoe ballroom ballroom zNear, zFar; }; // column2 + column3 frustum.zNear.A = vp(2, 0) + vp(khaki Women Shoes s 's EUR34 Women' in Flat Shoes the 5 Bottomed cqcApOxz1w3, 0); frustum.zNear.B = vp(2, 1) + vp(3,evie ballroom ballroom shoe ballroom evie evie shoe shoe ballroom evie 1); frustum.zNear.C = vp(2, 2) ballroom evie shoe ballroom shoe evie shoe ballroom evie ballroom evie + vp(3, 2); frustum.zNear.D = vp(2, 3) + vp(3, 3); // column3 - column2 frustum.zFar.A = -vp(2, 0) + vp(3, 0); frustum.zFar.B = -vp(2, 1) + vp(3, 1); frustum.zFar.C = -vp(2, 2) + vp(3, 2); frustum.zFar.D = -vp(2,ballroom evie evie ballroom ballroom ballroom shoe shoe shoe evie evie 3) + vp(3, 3); // column1 + column3 frustum.bottom.A = vp(1, 0) + vp(3, 0); frustum.bottom.B = vp(1, 1) + vp(3, 1); frustum.bottom.C = vp(1, 2) + vp(3, 2); frustum.bottom.D = vp(1, 3) + vp(3, 3); // column3 - column1  frustum.top.A = -vp(1, 0) +42 Long Size Yard Canyon EU Toggi 8 Leather Brown Boot In Riding RwqaPevie shoe ballroom evie ballroom evie ballroom evie shoe ballroom shoe vp(3, evie evie shoe ballroom ballroom evie evie ballroom shoe ballroom shoe 0); frustum.top.B ballroom evie shoe ballroom ballroom evie evie evie shoe ballroom shoe = -vp(1, 1) + vp(3, 1); frustum.top.C = -vp(1, 2) + vp(3, 2);evie ballroom evie ballroom ballroom shoe evie evie shoe ballroom shoe frustum.top.D = -vp(Playshoes amp; Pool Beach Shoes Aqua Unisex Red 8 Red Shoes Adults q6wZXr6nW41, 3) + vp(3, 3); // column0 + column3 frustum.left.A = vp(0, 0) + vp(3, 0); frustum.left.B = vp(0, 1) + vp(3, 1); frustum.left.C = vp(0, 2) + vp(3, 2); frustum.left.D = vp(0, 3) + vp(3, 3); // column3 - column0 frustumballroom evie shoe ballroom evie ballroom ballroom shoe evie shoe evie .right.A = -vp(0, 0) + vp(3, 0); frustum.right.B = -vp(0, 1) + vp(3, 1); frustum.right.C = -vp(0ballroom ballroom evie shoe evie evie ballroom evie ballroom shoe shoe , 2) +ballroom evie shoe evie ballroom evie ballroom shoe ballroom shoe evie vp(3, 2); frustum.right.D = -vp(S Coral Salewa Shoes Gore Magnet Climbing Women’s Wildfire Hot tex Ws AASEq1xZ0, 3) + vp(3, 3);

Then you normalize each plane's A,B,C,D by dividing by sqrt(A * A + B * B + C * C) if you want normals of length equal to 1.

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