Package  flash.geom 
Class  public class Matrix3D 
Inheritance  Matrix3D Object 
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
A single matrix can combine multiple transformations and apply them at once to a 3D display object. For example, a matrix can be applied to 3D coordinates to perform a rotation followed by a translation.
When you explicitly set the z
property or any of the rotation or scaling
properties of a display object, a corresponding Matrix3D object is automatically created.
You can access a 3D display object's Matrix3D object through the transform.matrix3d
property. 2D objects do not have a Matrix3D object.
The value of the z
property of a 2D object is zero and the value of its
matrix3D
property is null
.
Note: If the same Matrix3D object is assigned to two different display objects, a runtime error is thrown.
The Matrix3D class uses a 4x4 square matrix: a table of four rows and columns of numbers that hold the data for the transformation. The first three rows of the matrix hold data for each 3D axis (x,y,z). The translation information is in the last column. The orientation and scaling data are in the first three columns. The scaling factors are the diagonal numbers in the first three columns. Here is a representation of Matrix3D elements:
You don't need to understand matrix mathematics to use the Matrix3D class.
It offers specific methods that simplify the task of transformation and projection, such as the
appendTranslation()
, appendRotation()
, or interpolateTo()
methods.
You also can use the decompose()
and recompose()
methods or the rawData
property to access the underlying matrix elements.
Display objects cache their axis rotation properties to have separate rotation for each axis and to manage the different combinations of rotations. When a method of a Matrix3D object is called to transform a display object, the rotation cache of the object is invalidated.
More examples
Related API Elements
flash.geom.Transform
flash.geom.PerspectiveProjection
flash.geom.Vector3D
flash.geom.Orientation3D
flash.geom.Utils3D
flash.geom.Matrix
Property  Defined By  

constructor : Object
A reference to the class object or constructor function for a given object instance.  Object  
determinant : Number [readonly]
A Number that determines whether a matrix is invertible.  Matrix3D  
position : Vector3D
A Vector3D object that holds the position, the 3D coordinate (x,y,z) of a display object
within the transformation's frame of reference.  Matrix3D  
rawData : Vector.<Number>
A Vector of 16 Numbers, where every four elements is
a column of a 4x4 matrix.  Matrix3D 
Method  Defined By  

Creates a Matrix3D object.  Matrix3D  
Appends the matrix by multiplying another Matrix3D object by the current Matrix3D object.  Matrix3D  
Appends an incremental rotation to a Matrix3D object.  Matrix3D  
Appends an incremental scale change along the x, y, and z axes
to a Matrix3D object.  Matrix3D  
Appends an incremental translation, a repositioning along the x, y, and z axes,
to a Matrix3D object.  Matrix3D  
Returns a new Matrix3D object that is an exact copy of the current Matrix3D object.  Matrix3D  
Copies a Vector3D object into specific column of the calling Matrix3D object.  Matrix3D  
Copies specific column of the calling Matrix3D object into the Vector3D object.  Matrix3D  
Copies all of the matrix data from the source Matrix3D object into the
calling Matrix3D object.  Matrix3D  
Copies all of the vector data from the source vector object into the
calling Matrix3D object.  Matrix3D  
Copies all of the matrix data from the calling Matrix3D object into the
provided vector.  Matrix3D  
Copies a Vector3D object into specific row of the calling Matrix3D object.  Matrix3D  
Copies specific row of the calling Matrix3D object into the Vector3D object.  Matrix3D  
Matrix3D  
Returns the transformation matrix's translation, rotation, and scale settings as
a Vector of three Vector3D objects.  Matrix3D  
Uses the transformation matrix without its translation elements
to transform a Vector3D object from one space coordinate to another.  Matrix3D  
Indicates whether an object has a specified property defined.  Object  
Converts the current matrix to an identity or unit matrix.  Matrix3D  
[static]
Interpolates the translation, rotation, and scale transformation of one matrix toward those of the
target matrix.  Matrix3D  
Interpolates this matrix towards the translation, rotation, and scale transformations of the target matrix.  Matrix3D  
Inverts the current matrix.  Matrix3D  
Indicates whether an instance of the Object class is in the prototype chain of the object specified
as the parameter.  Object  
Rotates the display object so that it faces a specified position.  Matrix3D  
Prepends a matrix by multiplying the current Matrix3D object by another Matrix3D object.  Matrix3D  
Prepends an incremental rotation to a Matrix3D object.  Matrix3D  
Prepends an incremental scale change along the x, y, and z axes to a Matrix3D object.  Matrix3D  
Prepends an incremental translation, a repositioning along the x, y,
and z axes, to a Matrix3D object.  Matrix3D  
Indicates whether the specified property exists and is enumerable.  Object  
Sets the transformation matrix's translation, rotation, and scale settings.  Matrix3D  
Sets the availability of a dynamic property for loop operations.  Object  
Returns the string representation of this object, formatted according to localespecific conventions.  Object  
Returns the string representation of the specified object.  Object  
Uses the transformation matrix to transform a Vector3D object from one space coordinate
to another.  Matrix3D  
Uses the transformation matrix to transform a Vector of Numbers from one
coordinate space to another.  Matrix3D  
Converts the current Matrix3D object to a matrix where the rows and columns
are swapped.  Matrix3D  
Returns the primitive value of the specified object.  Object 
determinant  property 
determinant:Number
[readonly] Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
A Number that determines whether a matrix is invertible.
A Matrix3D object must be invertible. You can use the determinant
property to make sure that a Matrix3D object is invertible. If determinant is zero,
an inverse of the matrix does not exist. For example, if an entire row or column
of a matrix is zero or if two rows or columns are equal, the determinant is zero.
Determinant is also used to solve a series of equations.
Only a square matrix, like the Matrix3D class, has a determinant.
Implementation
public function get determinant():Number
Related API Elements
position  property 
position:Vector3D
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
A Vector3D object that holds the position, the 3D coordinate (x,y,z) of a display object
within the transformation's frame of reference. The position
property provides immediate
access to the translation vector of the display object's matrix without needing to decompose and
recompose the matrix.
With the position
property, you can get and set the translation elements
of the transformation matrix.
Implementation
public function get position():Vector3D
public function set position(value:Vector3D):void
Related API Elements
rawData  property 
rawData:Vector.<Number>
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
A Vector of 16 Numbers, where every four elements is a column of a 4x4 matrix.
An exception is thrown if the rawData
property is set to a matrix
that is not invertible. The Matrix3D object must be invertible. If a noninvertible matrix
is needed, create a subclass of the Matrix3D object.
Implementation
public function get rawData():Vector.<Number>
public function set rawData(value:Vector.<Number>):void
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Matrix3D  ()  Constructor 
public function Matrix3D(v:Vector.<Number> = null)
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Creates a Matrix3D object. Matrix3D objects can be initialized with a Vector of 16 Numbers,
where every four elements is a column. Once the Matrix3D object is created,
you can access its matrix elements with the rawData
property.
If no parameter is defined, the constructor produces an identity or unit Matrix3D object.
In matrix notation, an identity matrix has a value of one for all elements on the main diagonal
position and a value of zero for all other elements. The value of the rawData
property
of an identity matrix is: 1,0,0,0,0,1,0,0,0,0,1,0,0,0,0,1
. The position or translation
value of the identity matrix is Vector3D(0,0,0)
, the rotation setting is
Vector3D(0,0,0)
, and the scale value is Vector3D(1,1,1)
.
v:Vector.<Number> (default = null ) — A Vector of 16 Numbers, where each four elements is a column
of a 4x4 matrix.

Related API Elements
append  ()  method 
public function append(lhs:Matrix3D):void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Appends the matrix by multiplying another Matrix3D object by the current Matrix3D object. The result combines both matrix transformations. You can multiply a Matrix3D object by many matrixes. The final Matrix3D object contains the result of all the transformations.
Matrix multiplication is different from matrix addition. Matrix multiplication is not commutative.
In other words, A times B is not equal to B times A. With the append()
method,
the multiplication happens from the left side, meaning the lhs
Matrix3D object is
on the left side of the multiplication operator.
thisMatrix = lhs * thisMatrix;
The first time the append()
method is called, it makes a modification relative
to the parent space. Subsequent calls are relative to the frame of reference of the appended
Matrix3D object.
The append()
method replaces the current matrix with the appended matrix.
If you want to append two matrixes without altering the current matrix, copy the
current matrix by using the clone()
method and then apply the append()
method to the copy.
Parameters
lhs:Matrix3D — A lefthandside matrix that is multiplied by the current Matrix3D object.

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appendRotation  ()  method 
public function appendRotation(degrees:Number, axis:Vector3D, pivotPoint:Vector3D = null):void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Appends an incremental rotation to a Matrix3D object. When the Matrix3D object is applied to a display object, the matrix performs the rotation after other transformations in the Matrix3D object.
The display object's rotation is defined by an axis, an incremental degree
of rotation around the axis, and an optional pivot point for the center of the object's rotation.
The axis can be any general direction. The common axes are the X_AXIS
(Vector3D(1,0,0)
),
Y_AXIS
(Vector3D(0,1,0)
), and Z_AXIS
(Vector3D(0,0,1)
).
In aviation terminology, the rotation about the y axis is called yaw. The rotation about the x axis is
called pitch. The rotation about the z axis is called roll.
The order of transformation matters. A rotation followed by a translation transformation produces a different effect than a translation followed by a rotation transformation.
The rotation effect is not absolute. It is relative to the current position and orientation.
To make an absolute change to the transformation matrix, use the recompose()
method.
The appendRotation()
method is also different from the axis rotation property of
the display object, such as rotationX
property. The rotation property is always
performed before any translation, whereas the appendRotation()
method is performed
relative to what is already in the matrix. To make sure that you get a similar effect as the display
object's axis rotation property, use the prependRotation()
method, which performs
the rotation before other transformations in the matrix.
When the appendRotation()
method's transformation is applied to a Matrix3D object
of a display object, the cached rotation property values of the display object are invalidated.
One way to have a display object rotate around a specific point relative to its location is
to set the translation of the object to the specified point, rotate the object using the appendRotation()
method, and translate the object back to the original position. In the following example, the
myObject
3D display object makes a yaxis rotation around
the coordinate (10,10,0).
myObject.z = 1; myObject.transform.matrix3D.appendTranslation(10,10,0); myObject.transform.matrix3D.appendRotation(1, Vector3D.Y_AXIS); myObject.transform.matrix3D.appendTranslation(10,10,0);
Parameters
degrees:Number — The degree of the rotation.
 
axis:Vector3D — The axis or direction of rotation. The usual axes are the X_AXIS (Vector3D(1,0,0) ),
Y_AXIS (Vector3D(0,1,0) ), and Z_AXIS (Vector3D(0,0,1) ).
This vector should have a length of one.
 
pivotPoint:Vector3D (default = null ) — A point that determines the center of an object's rotation. The default pivot point
for an object is its registration point.

Related API Elements
appendScale  ()  method 
public function appendScale(xScale:Number, yScale:Number, zScale:Number):void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Appends an incremental scale change along the x, y, and z axes to a Matrix3D object. When the Matrix3D object is applied to a display object, the matrix performs the scale changes after other transformations in the Matrix3D object. The default scale factor is (1.0, 1.0, 1.0).
The scale is defined as a set of three incremental changes along the three axes (x,y,z).
You can multiply each axis with a different number. When the scale changes are applied to
a display object, the object's size increases or decreases. For example, setting
the x, y, and z axes to two doubles the size of the object, while
setting the axes to 0.5
halves the size. To make sure that
the scale transformation only affects a specific axis, set the other parameters to one.
A parameter of one means no scale change along the specific axis.
The appendScale()
method can be used for resizing as well as
for managing distortions, such as stretch or contract of a display object, or for zooming in
and out on a location. Scale transformations are automatically performed during a display
object's rotation and translation.
The order of transformation matters. A resizing followed by a translation transformation produces a different effect than a translation followed by a resizing transformation.
Parameters
xScale:Number — A multiplier used to scale the object along the x axis.
 
yScale:Number — A multiplier used to scale the object along the y axis.
 
zScale:Number — A multiplier used to scale the object along the z axis.

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appendTranslation  ()  method 
public function appendTranslation(x:Number, y:Number, z:Number):void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Appends an incremental translation, a repositioning along the x, y, and z axes, to a Matrix3D object. When the Matrix3D object is applied to a display object, the matrix performs the translation changes after other transformations in the Matrix3D object.
The translation is defined as a set of three incremental changes along the three axes (x,y,z). When the transformation is applied to a display object, the display object moves from it current location along the x, y, and z axes as specified by the parameters. To make sure that the translation only affects a specific axis, set the other parameters to zero. A zero parameter means no change along the specific axis.
The translation changes are not absolute. They are relative to the current
position and orientation of the matrix. To make an absolute change to the transformation matrix,
use the recompose()
method. The order of transformation also matters. A translation
followed by a rotation transformation produces a different effect than a rotation followed
by a translation.
Parameters
x:Number — An incremental translation along the x axis.
 
y:Number — An incremental translation along the y axis.
 
z:Number — An incremental translation along the z axis.

Related API Elements
clone  ()  method 
copyColumnFrom  ()  method 
public function copyColumnFrom(column:uint, vector3D:Vector3D):void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 11, AIR 3.0, Flash Lite 4 
Copies a Vector3D object into specific column of the calling Matrix3D object.
Parameters
column:uint — The destination column of the copy.
 
vector3D:Vector3D — The Vector3D object from which to copy the data.

copyColumnTo  ()  method 
public function copyColumnTo(column:uint, vector3D:Vector3D):void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 11, AIR 3.0, Flash Lite 4 
Copies specific column of the calling Matrix3D object into the Vector3D object.
Parameters
column:uint — The column from which to copy the data.
 
vector3D:Vector3D — The destination Vector3D object of the copy.

copyFrom  ()  method 
public function copyFrom(sourceMatrix3D:Matrix3D):void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 11, AIR 3.0, Flash Lite 4 
Copies all of the matrix data from the source Matrix3D object into the calling Matrix3D object.
Parameters
sourceMatrix3D:Matrix3D — The Matrix3D object from which to copy the data.

copyRawDataFrom  ()  method 
public function copyRawDataFrom(vector:Vector.<Number>, index:uint = 0, transpose:Boolean = false):void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 11, AIR 3.0, Flash Lite 4 
Copies all of the vector data from the source vector object into the calling Matrix3D object. The optional index parameter allows you to select any starting slot in the vector.
Parameters
vector:Vector.<Number> — The vector object from which to copy the data.
 
index:uint (default = 0 )
 
transpose:Boolean (default = false )

copyRawDataTo  ()  method 
public function copyRawDataTo(vector:Vector.<Number>, index:uint = 0, transpose:Boolean = false):void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 11, AIR 3.0, Flash Lite 4 
Copies all of the matrix data from the calling Matrix3D object into the provided vector. The optional index parameter allows you to select any target starting slot in the vector.
Parameters
vector:Vector.<Number> — The vector object to which to copy the data.
 
index:uint (default = 0 )
 
transpose:Boolean (default = false )

copyRowFrom  ()  method 
public function copyRowFrom(row:uint, vector3D:Vector3D):void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 11, AIR 3.0, Flash Lite 4 
Copies a Vector3D object into specific row of the calling Matrix3D object.
Parameters
row:uint — The row from which to copy the data to.
 
vector3D:Vector3D — The Vector3D object from which to copy the data.

copyRowTo  ()  method 
public function copyRowTo(row:uint, vector3D:Vector3D):void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 11, AIR 3.0, Flash Lite 4 
Copies specific row of the calling Matrix3D object into the Vector3D object.
Parameters
row:uint — The row from which to copy the data from.
 
vector3D:Vector3D — The Vector3D object to copy the data into.

copyToMatrix3D  ()  method 
decompose  ()  method 
public function decompose(orientationStyle:String = "eulerAngles"):Vector.<Vector3D>
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Returns the transformation matrix's translation, rotation, and scale settings as a Vector of three Vector3D objects. The first Vector3D object holds the translation elements. The second Vector3D object holds the rotation elements. The third Vector3D object holds the scale elements.
Some Matrix3D methods, such as the interpolateTo()
method, automatically
decompose and recompose the matrix to perform their transformation.
To modify the matrix's transformation with an absolute parent frame of reference,
retrieve the settings with the decompose()
method and make the appropriate changes.
You can then set the Matrix3D object to the modified transformation using the recompose()
method.
The decompose()
method's parameter specifies the orientation style that
is meant to be used for the transformation. The default orientation is eulerAngles
,
which defines the orientation with three separate angles of rotation for each axis.
The rotations occur consecutively and do not change the axis of each other. The
display object's axis rotation properties perform Euler Angles orientation style transformation.
The other orientation style options are axisAngle
and quaternion
.
The Axis Angle orientation uses a combination of an axis and an angle to determine the orientation.
The axis around which the object is rotated is a unit vector that represents a direction.
The angle represents the magnitude of the rotation about the vector. The direction also
determines where a display object is facing and the angle determines which way is up.
The appendRotation()
and prependRotation()
methods use the Axis Angle orientation.
The quaternion orientation uses complex numbers and the fourth element of a vector.
The three axes of rotation (x,y,z) and an angle of rotation (w) represent the orientation.
The interpolate()
method uses quaternion.
Parameters
orientationStyle:String (default = "eulerAngles ") — An optional parameter that determines the orientation style
used for the matrix transformation. The three types of orientation style are
eulerAngles (constant EULER_ANGLES ), axisAngle
(constant AXIS_ANGLE ), and quaternion (constant QUATERNION ).
For additional information on the different orientation style, see the geom.Orientation3D class.

Vector.<Vector3D> — A Vector of three Vector3D objects, each holding the translation, rotation, and scale
settings, respectively.

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Example ( How to use this example )
decompose()
and recompose()
methods to have an ellipse stretch horizontally
while moving toward the vanishing point. The first Vector3D object returned
by the decompose()
method holds the translation coordinates. The
third Vector3D object holds the scale settings. The Vector3D object's
incrementBy()
method increments the matrix's absolute translation
and scale settings.
package { import flash.display.MovieClip; import flash.display.Shape; import flash.geom.*; import flash.events.Event; public class Matrix3DdecomposeExample extends MovieClip { private var ellipse:Shape = new Shape(); public function Matrix3DdecomposeExample():void { ellipse.x = (this.stage.stageWidth / 2); ellipse.y = (this.stage.stageHeight  40); ellipse.z = 1; ellipse.graphics.beginFill(0xFF0000); ellipse.graphics.lineStyle(2); ellipse.graphics.drawEllipse(0, 0, 50, 40); ellipse.graphics.endFill(); addChild(ellipse); ellipse.addEventListener(Event.ENTER_FRAME, enterFrameHandler); } private function enterFrameHandler(e:Event):void { var v3:Vector.<Vector3D> = new Vector.<Vector3D>(3); v3 = ellipse.transform.matrix3D.decompose(); v3[0].incrementBy(new Vector3D(0,0,1)); v3[2].incrementBy(new Vector3D(0.01,0,0)); ellipse.transform.matrix3D.recompose(v3); } } }
deltaTransformVector  ()  method 
public function deltaTransformVector(v:Vector3D):Vector3D
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Uses the transformation matrix without its translation elements
to transform a Vector3D object from one space coordinate to another.
The returned Vector3D object holds the new coordinates after the rotation
and scaling transformations have been applied. If the deltaTransformVector()
method applies a matrix that only contains a translation transformation,
the returned Vector3D is the same as the original Vector3D object.
You can use the deltaTransformVector()
method to have a
display object in one coordinate space respond to the rotation transformation
of a second display object. The object does not copy the rotation;
it only changes its position to reflect the changes in the rotation.
For example, to use the display.Graphics
API for drawing a rotating
3D display object, you must map the object's rotating coordinates
to a 2D point. First, retrieve the object's 3D
coordinates after each rotation, using the deltaTransformVector()
method.
Next, apply the display object's local3DToGlobal()
method to translate the
3D coordinates to 2D points. You can then use
the 2D points to draw the rotating 3D object.
Note: This method automatically sets the w component of the passed Vector3D to 0.0.
Parameters
v:Vector3D — A Vector3D object holding the coordinates that are going to be transformed.

Vector3D — A Vector3D object with the transformed coordinates.

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identity  ()  method 
public function identity():void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Converts the current matrix to an identity or unit matrix. An identity matrix has a value
of one for the elements on the main diagonal and a value of zero for all
other elements. The result is a matrix where the rawData
value is
1,0,0,0,0,1,0,0,0,0,1,0,0,0,0,1
and the rotation setting is set to
Vector3D(0,0,0)
, the position or translation setting is set to
Vector3D(0,0,0)
, and the scale is set to Vector3D(1,1,1)
.
Here is a representation of an identity matrix.
An object transformed by applying an identity matrix performs no transformation. In other words, if a matrix is multiplied by an identity matrix, the result is a matrix that is the same as (identical to) the original matrix.
interpolate  ()  method 
public static function interpolate(thisMat:Matrix3D, toMat:Matrix3D, percent:Number):Matrix3D
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Interpolates the translation, rotation, and scale transformation of one matrix toward those of the target matrix.
The interpolate()
method avoids some of the unwanted results that can occur when
using methods such as the display object's axis rotation properties. The interpolate()
method invalidates the cached value of the rotation property of the display
object and converts the orientation elements of the display object's matrix to a quaternion
before interpolation. This method guarantees the shortest, most efficient path for the rotation.
It also produces a smooth, gimballockfree rotation. A gimbal lock can occur when using Euler Angles,
where each axis is handled independently. During the rotation around two or more axes, the axes can
become aligned, leading to unexpected results. Quaternion rotation avoids the gimbal lock.
Consecutive calls to the interpolate()
method can produce the effect of a display
object starting quickly and then slowly approaching another display object. For example, if you set
the thisMat
parameter to the returned Matrix3D object, the toMat
parameter
to the target display object's
associated Matrix3D object, and the percent
parameter to 0.1
,
the display object moves ten percent toward the target object. On subsequent calls or in subsequent
frames, the object moves ten percent of the remaining 90 percent, then ten percent of the remaining
distance, and continues until it reaches the target.
Parameters
thisMat:Matrix3D — The Matrix3D object that is to be interpolated.
 
toMat:Matrix3D — The target Matrix3D object.
 
percent:Number — A value between 0 and 1 that determines the percent
the thisMat Matrix3D object is interpolated toward the target Matrix3D object.

Matrix3D — A Matrix3D object with elements that place the values of the matrix between the original matrix
and the target matrix. When the returned matrix is applied to the this display object, the
object moves the specified percent closer to the target object.

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interpolateTo  ()  method 
public function interpolateTo(toMat:Matrix3D, percent:Number):void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Interpolates this matrix towards the translation, rotation, and scale transformations of the target matrix.
The interpolateTo()
method avoids the unwanted results that can occur when
using methods such as the display object's axis rotation properties. The interpolateTo()
method invalidates the cached value of the rotation property of the display
object and converts the orientation elements of the display object's matrix to a quaternion
before interpolation. This method guarantees the shortest, most efficient path for the rotation.
It also produces a smooth, gimballockfree rotation. A gimbal lock can occur when using Euler Angles,
where each axis is handled independently. During the rotation around two or more axes, the axes can
become aligned, leading to unexpected results. Quaternion rotation avoids the gimbal lock.
Consecutive calls to the interpolateTo()
method can produce the effect of a display
object starting quickly and then slowly approaching another display object. For example, if the percent
parameter is set to 0.1
, the display object moves ten percent toward the target object
specified by the toMat
parameter. On subsequent calls or in subsequent
frames, the object moves ten percent of the remaining 90 percent, then ten percent of the
remaining distance, and continues until it reaches the target.
Parameters
toMat:Matrix3D — The target Matrix3D object.
 
percent:Number — A value between 0 and 1 that determines the location of the display object
relative to the target. The closer the value is to 1.0 , the closer the display object
is to its current position. The closer the value is to 0 , the closer the display object is
to the target.

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Example ( How to use this example )
ellipse2
, a threedimensional display object, goes
toward ellipse1
, another threedimensional display object.
ellipse2
follows ellipse1
around trying to catch it.
If ellipse1
does not rotate around its y axis, ellipse2
will reach and land on top of ellipse1
. The two ellipses are
drawn in the same way but are placed in different threedimensional worldspace locations.
package { import flash.display.MovieClip; import flash.display.Shape; import flash.display.Graphics; import flash.geom.*; import flash.events.Event; public class InterpolateToExample extends MovieClip { private var ellipse1:Shape = new Shape(); private var ellipse2:Shape = new Shape(); public function InterpolateToExample():void { ellipse1 = myEllipses(250, 100, 500, 0xFF0000); addChild(ellipse1); ellipse2 = myEllipses(30, 120, 1, 0x00FF00); addChild(ellipse2); addEventListener(Event.ENTER_FRAME, enterFrameHandler); } private function myEllipses(x:Number, y:Number, z:Number, c:Number):Shape { var s:Shape = new Shape(); s.x = x; s.y = y; s.z = z; s.graphics.beginFill(c); s.graphics.lineStyle(2); s.graphics.drawEllipse(100, 50, 100, 80); s.graphics.endFill(); return s; } private function enterFrameHandler(e:Event) { ellipse1.rotationY += 1; ellipse2.transform.matrix3D.interpolateTo(ellipse1.transform.matrix3D, 0.1); } } }
invert  ()  method 
public function invert():Boolean
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Inverts the current matrix. An inverted matrix is the same size as the original but performs the opposite transformation of the original matrix. For example, if the original matrix has an object rotate around the x axis in one direction, the inverse of the matrix will have the object rotate around the axis in the opposite direction. Applying an inverted matrix to an object undoes the transformation performed by the original matrix. If a matrix is multiplied by its inverse matrix, the result is an identity matrix.
An inverse of a matrix can be used to divide one matrix by another. The way to divide matrix A by matrix B is to multiply matrix A by the inverse of matrix B. The inverse matrix can also be used with a camera space. When the camera moves in the world space, the object in the world needs to move in the opposite direction to transform from the world view to the camera or view space. For example, if the camera moves closer, the objects becomes bigger. In other words, if the camera moves down the world z axis, the object moves up world z axis.
The invert()
method replaces the current matrix with an inverted matrix.
If you want to invert a matrix without altering the current matrix, first copy the
current matrix by using the clone()
method and then apply the invert()
method to the copy.
The Matrix3D object must be invertible.
ReturnsBoolean — Returns true if the matrix was successfully inverted.

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pointAt  ()  method 
public function pointAt(pos:Vector3D, at:Vector3D = null, up:Vector3D = null):void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Rotates the display object so that it faces a specified position. This method allows for an
inplace modification to the orientation. The forward direction vector of the display object
(the at
Vector3D object) points at the specified worldrelative position.
The display object's up direction is specified with the up
Vector3D object.
The pointAt()
method invalidates the cached rotation property
value of the display object. The method decomposes the display object's matrix and modifies
the rotation elements to have the object turn to the specified position. It
then recomposes (updates) the display object's matrix, which performs the transformation.
If the object is pointing at a moving target, such as a moving object's position,
then with each subsequent call, the method has the object rotate toward the moving target.
Note: If you use the Matrix3D.pointAt()
method without setting the optional parameters,
a target object does not face the specified worldrelative position by default. You need to set the values
for at
to the yaxis (0,1,0) and up
to the z axis (0,0,1).
Parameters
pos:Vector3D — The worldrelative position of the target object. Worldrelative defines
the object's transformation relative to the world space and coordinates, where all objects are positioned.
 
at:Vector3D (default = null ) — The objectrelative vector that defines where the display object is pointing.
Objectrelative defines the object's transformation relative to the object space, the object's own
frame of reference and coordinate system. Default value is the +y axis (0,1,0).
 
up:Vector3D (default = null ) — The objectrelative vector that defines "up" for the display object. If the object
is drawn looking down from above, the +z axis is its "up" vector.
Objectrelative defines the object's transformation relative to the object space, the object's own
frame of reference and coordinate system. Default value is the +zaxis (0,0,1).

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Example ( How to use this example )
pointAt()
to see their impacts on the triangle's movement.
package { import flash.display.MovieClip; import flash.display.Shape; import flash.display.Graphics; import flash.geom.*; import flash.events.Event; public class PointAtExample extends MovieClip { private var ellipse:Shape = new Shape(); private var triangle:Shape = new Shape(); public function PointAtExample():void { ellipse.graphics.beginFill(0xFF0000); ellipse.graphics.lineStyle(2); ellipse.graphics.drawEllipse(30, 40, 50, 40); ellipse.graphics.endFill(); ellipse.x = 100; ellipse.y = 150; ellipse.z = 1; triangle.graphics.beginFill(0x0000FF); triangle.graphics.moveTo(0, 0); triangle.graphics.lineTo(40, 40); triangle.graphics.lineTo(80, 0); triangle.graphics.lineTo(0, 0); triangle.graphics.endFill(); triangle.x = 200; triangle.y = 50; triangle.z = 1; addChild(ellipse); addChild(triangle); ellipse.addEventListener(Event.ENTER_FRAME, ellipseEnterFrameHandler); triangle.addEventListener(Event.ENTER_FRAME, triangleEnterFrameHandler); } private function ellipseEnterFrameHandler(e:Event) { if(e.target.y > 0) { e.target.y = 1; e.target.x = 1; } } private function triangleEnterFrameHandler(e:Event) { e.target.transform.matrix3D.pointAt(ellipse.transform.matrix3D.position, Vector3D.X_AXIS, Vector3D.Y_AXIS); } } }
prepend  ()  method 
public function prepend(rhs:Matrix3D):void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Prepends a matrix by multiplying the current Matrix3D object by another Matrix3D object. The result combines both matrix transformations.
Matrix multiplication is different from matrix addition. Matrix multiplication is not commutative.
In other words, A times B is not equal to B times A. With the prepend()
method,
the multiplication happens from the right side, meaning the rhs
Matrix3D object is
on the right side of the multiplication operator.
thisMatrix = thisMatrix * rhs
The modifications made by prepend()
method are objectspacerelative. In other words,
they are always relative to the object's initial frame of reference.
The prepend()
method replaces the current matrix with the prepended matrix.
If you want to prepend two matrixes without altering the current matrix, first copy the
current matrix by using the clone()
method and then apply the prepend()
method to the copy.
Parameters
rhs:Matrix3D — A righthandside of the matrix by which the current Matrix3D is multiplied.

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prependRotation  ()  method 
public function prependRotation(degrees:Number, axis:Vector3D, pivotPoint:Vector3D = null):void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Prepends an incremental rotation to a Matrix3D object. When the Matrix3D object is applied to a display object, the matrix performs the rotation before other transformations in the Matrix3D object.
The display object's rotation is defined by an axis, an incremental degree
of rotation around the axis, and an optional pivot point for the center of the object's rotation.
The axis can be any general direction. The common axes are the X_AXIS
(Vector3D(1,0,0)
),
Y_AXIS
(Vector3D(0,1,0)
), and Z_AXIS
(Vector3D(0,0,1)
).
In aviation terminology, the rotation about the y axis is called yaw.
The rotation about the x axis is called pitch.
The rotation about the z axis is called roll.
The order of transformation matters. A rotation followed by a translation transformation produces a different effect than a translation followed by a rotation.
The rotation effect is not absolute. The effect is objectrelative, relative to the frame
of reference of the original position and orientation. To make an absolute change to the transformation,
use the recompose()
method.
When the prependRotation()
method's transformation is applied to a Matrix3D object
of a display object, the cached rotation property values of the display object are invalidated.
One way to have a display object rotate around a specific point relative to its location is
to set the translation of the object to the specified point, rotate the object using
the prependRotation()
method, and translate the object back to the original position.
In the following example, the myObject
3D display object makes a yaxis rotation around
the coordinate (10,10,0).
myObject.z = 1; myObject.transform.matrix3D.prependTranslation(10,10,0); myObject.transform.matrix3D.prependRotation(1, Vector3D.Y_AXIS); myObject.transform.matrix3D.prependTranslation(10,10,0);
Parameters
degrees:Number — The degree of rotation.
 
axis:Vector3D — The axis or direction of rotation. The usual axes are the X_AXIS (Vector3D(1,0,0) ),
Y_AXIS (Vector3D(0,1,0) ), and Z_AXIS (Vector3D(0,0,1) ).
This vector should have a length of one.
 
pivotPoint:Vector3D (default = null ) — A point that determines the center of rotation. The default pivot point
for an object is its registration point.

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Example ( How to use this example )
package { import flash.display.MovieClip; import flash.display.Shape; import flash.geom.*; import flash.events.MouseEvent; public class Matrix3DprependRotationExample extends MovieClip { private var ellipse:Shape = new Shape(); public function Matrix3DprependRotationExample():void { ellipse.graphics.beginFill(0xFF0000); ellipse.graphics.lineStyle(2); ellipse.graphics.drawEllipse(50, 40, 100, 80); ellipse.graphics.endFill(); ellipse.x = (this.stage.stageWidth / 2); ellipse.y = (this.stage.stageHeight / 2); ellipse.z = 1; addChild(ellipse); stage.addEventListener(MouseEvent.MOUSE_MOVE, mouseMoveHandler); } private function mouseMoveHandler(e:MouseEvent):void { var y:int; var x:int; if(e.localX > ellipse.x) { y = (Math.round(e.localX) / 100); } else { y = (Math.round(e.localX) / 10); } if(e.localY > ellipse.y) { x = (Math.round(e.localY) / 100); } else { x = (Math.round(e.localY) / 100); } ellipse.transform.matrix3D.prependRotation(y, Vector3D.Y_AXIS); ellipse.transform.matrix3D.prependRotation(x, Vector3D.X_AXIS); } } }
prependScale  ()  method 
public function prependScale(xScale:Number, yScale:Number, zScale:Number):void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Prepends an incremental scale change along the x, y, and z axes to a Matrix3D object. When the Matrix3D object is applied to a display object, the matrix performs the scale changes before other transformations in the Matrix3D object. The changes are objectrelative, relative to the frame of reference of the original position and orientation. The default scale factor is (1.0, 1.0, 1.0).
The scale is defined as a set of three incremental changes along the three axes (x,y,z).
You can multiply each axis with a different number. When the scale changes are applied to
a display object, the object's size increases or decreases. For example, setting
the x, y, and z axes to two doubles the size of the object, while
setting the axes to 0.5
halves the size. To make sure that
the scale transformation only affects a specific axis, set the other parameters to one.
A parameter of one means no scale change along the specific axis.
The prependScale()
method can be used for resizing as well as
for managing distortions, such as stretch or contract of a display object. It can also be
used for zooming in and out on a location. Scale transformations are automatically
performed during a display object's rotation and translation.
The order of transformation matters. A resizing followed by a translation transformation produces a different effect than a translation followed by a resizing transformation.
Parameters
xScale:Number — A multiplier used to scale the object along the x axis.
 
yScale:Number — A multiplier used to scale the object along the y axis.
 
zScale:Number — A multiplier used to scale the object along the z axis.

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prependTranslation  ()  method 
public function prependTranslation(x:Number, y:Number, z:Number):void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Prepends an incremental translation, a repositioning along the x, y, and z axes, to a Matrix3D object. When the Matrix3D object is applied to a display object, the matrix performs the translation changes before other transformations in the Matrix3D object.
Translation specifies the distance the display object moves from its current location along
the x, y, and z axes. The prependTranslation()
method
sets the translation as a set of three incremental changes along the three axes (x,y,z).
To have a translation change only a specific axis, set the other parameters to zero.
A zero parameter means no change along the specific axis.
The translation changes are not absolute. The effect is objectrelative, relative to the frame
of reference of the original position and orientation. To make an absolute change to the transformation
matrix, use the recompose()
method. The order of transformation also matters. A translation
followed by a rotation transformation produces a different effect than a rotation followed by a translation
transformation. When prependTranslation()
is used, the display object continues to move
in the direction it is facing, regardless of the other transformations. For example, if a display object
was facing toward a positive x axis, it continues to move in the direction specified
by the prependTranslation()
method, regardless of how the object has been rotated. To make
translation changes occur after other transformations, use the appendTranslation()
method.
Parameters
x:Number — An incremental translation along the x axis.
 
y:Number — An incremental translation along the y axis.
 
z:Number — An incremental translation along the z axis.

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Example ( How to use this example )
package { import flash.display.MovieClip; import flash.display.Sprite; import flash.geom.*; import flash.events.MouseEvent; public class Matrix3DprependTranslationExample extends MovieClip { private var ellipse:Sprite = new Sprite(); public function Matrix3DprependTranslationExample():void { ellipse.x = this.stage.stageWidth / 2; ellipse.y = this.stage.stageHeight  100; ellipse.z = 1; ellipse.graphics.beginFill(0xFF0000); ellipse.graphics.lineStyle(2); ellipse.graphics.drawEllipse(0, 0, 60, 50); ellipse.graphics.endFill(); addChild(ellipse); ellipse.addEventListener(MouseEvent.MOUSE_OVER, mouseOverHandler); ellipse.addEventListener(MouseEvent.MOUSE_OUT, mouseOutHandler); } private function mouseOverHandler(e:MouseEvent):void { if(ellipse.y > 0) { ellipse.transform.matrix3D.prependTranslation(0, 10, 0); } } private function mouseOutHandler(e:MouseEvent):void { if(ellipse.y > 0) { ellipse.transform.matrix3D.prependTranslation(0, 10, 0); } else { ellipse.transform.matrix3D.prependTranslation(0, (this.stage.stageHeight  100), 0); } } } }
recompose  ()  method 
public function recompose(components:Vector.<Vector3D>, orientationStyle:String = "eulerAngles"):Boolean
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Sets the transformation matrix's translation, rotation, and scale settings.
Unlike the incremental changes made by the display object's rotation properties or
Matrix3D object's rotation methods, the changes made by recompose()
method
are absolute changes. The recompose()
method overwrites the matrix's transformation.
To modify the matrix's transformation with an absolute parent frame of reference, retrieve
the settings with the decompose()
method and make the appropriate changes. You can then
set the Matrix3D object to the modified transformation using the recompose()
method.
The recompose()
method's parameter specifies the orientation style that was used
for the transformation. The default orientation is eulerAngles
,
which defines the orientation with three separate angles of rotation for each axis.
The rotations occur consecutively and do not change the axis of each other. The
display object's axis rotation properties perform Euler Angles orientation style transformation.
The other orientation style options are axisAngle
and quaternion
.
The Axis Angle orientation uses the combination of an axis and an angle to determine the orientation.
The axis around which the object is rotated is a unit vector that represents a direction.
The angle represents the magnitude of the rotation about the vector. The direction also
determines where a display object is facing and the angle determines which way is up.
The appendRotation()
and prependRotation()
methods use the Axis Angle orientation.
The quaternion orientation uses complex numbers and the fourth element of a vector.
An orientation is represented by the three axes of rotation (x,y,z) and an angle of
rotation (w). The interpolate()
method uses quaternion.
Parameters
components:Vector.<Vector3D> — A Vector of three Vector3D objects that replace the Matrix3D
object's translation, rotation, and scale elements.
 
orientationStyle:String (default = "eulerAngles ") — An optional parameter that determines the orientation style
used for the matrix transformation. The three types of orientation styles are
eulerAngles (constant EULER_ANGLES ), axisAngle
(constant AXIS_ANGLE ), and quaternion (constant QUATERNION ).
For additional information on the different orientation style, see the geom.Orientation3D class.

Boolean — Returns false if any of the Vector3D elements of the components Vector do not exist or are null.

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transformVector  ()  method 
public function transformVector(v:Vector3D):Vector3D
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Uses the transformation matrix to transform a Vector3D object from one space coordinate to another. The returned Vector3D object holds the new coordinates after the transformation. All the matrix transformations including translation are applied to the Vector3D object.
If the result of the transformVector()
method was applied to the position
of a display object, only the display object's position changes.
The display object's rotation and scale elements remain the same.
Note: This method automatically sets the w component of the passed Vector3D to 1.0.
Parameters
v:Vector3D — A Vector3D object holding the coordinates that are going to be transformed.

Vector3D — A Vector3D object with the transformed coordinates.

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transformVectors  ()  method 
public function transformVectors(vin:Vector.<Number>, vout:Vector.<Number>):void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Uses the transformation matrix to transform a Vector of Numbers from one
coordinate space to another. The tranformVectors()
method reads every
three Numbers in the vin
Vector object as a 3D coordinate
(x,y,z) and places a transformed 3D coordinate in the vout
Vector object. All the matrix transformations including translation are applied to the
vin
Vector object. You can use the transformVectors()
method
to render and transform a 3D object as a mesh. A mesh is a collection of
vertices that defines the shape of the object.
Parameters
vin:Vector.<Number> — A Vector of Numbers, where every three Numbers are a 3D coordinate
(x,y,z) that is going to be transformed.
 
vout:Vector.<Number> — A Vector of Numbers, where every three Numbers are a 3D
transformed coordinate (x,y,z).

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transpose  ()  method 
public function transpose():void
Language Version:  ActionScript 3.0 
Runtime Versions:  Flash Player 10, AIR 1.5 
Converts the current Matrix3D object to a matrix where the rows and columns
are swapped. For example, if the current Matrix3D object's rawData
contains
the following 16 numbers, 1,2,3,4,11,12,13,14,21,22,23,24,31,32,33,34
,
the transpose()
method reads every four elements as a row and turns the rows
into columns. The result is a matrix with the rawData
of:
1,11,21,31,2,12,22,32,3,13,23,33,4,14,24,34
.
The transpose()
method replaces the current matrix with a transposed matrix.
If you want to transpose a matrix without altering the current matrix, first copy the
current matrix by using the clone()
method and then apply the transpose()
method to the copy.
An orthogonal matrix is a square matrix whose transpose is equal to its inverse.
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