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I have line Bezier Curve which I'm using as a path for camera to move along. When camera is on top, it is pointing down, and when it is coming down, I have turned it 90 degrees to see sight from the box.

But when camera is on that position you see I'm unable to rotate it using X-axis.

  1. On the following picture I have used X-axis to rotate the camera landscape, but as you can see from the picture, it turns over the Z-axis:

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  1. When I'm using Z-axis to rotate, it does that as expected:

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When the camera is on top, it rotates correctly. What I do not know on this?

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    $\begingroup$ I had just posted an explanation of local space when I realized that it was gimbal lock. Quaternion rotation or a different rotation order should fix the problem. $\endgroup$
    Jan 3, 2021 at 3:32
  • $\begingroup$ Hi @HISEROD, thank you for pointing to gimbal lock. Tiny surprise to found such a problem on path following. I have tried to learn it, but so far no success. Will update if I found the good way of solving this. $\endgroup$
    – Pepi
    Jan 3, 2021 at 23:47

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This strange behavior is called gimbal lock. It is caused by the interdependency of the three rotation axes.

When the middle axis (Y in the case of XYZ rotation) is set to any value which results in a ±90° rotation, the first axis is aligned with the last. At this point, a change to the first or last axial rotation can only rotate around the last axis (Z in the case of XYZ).

A good example can be seen in this gif by Peyman Massoudi:

Notice how the red X ring is rotated to the blue Z ring.

The solution is to use axis-angle, quaternion or a different rotation order (e.g. XZY, ZXY, YZX,...) to rotate the object.


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