Bored of watching videos in HD ..Wanna have some fun?? Watch the same video in ‘ASCIIfied’ format.This can be done with MPlayer which is a Open Source software available under GNU GPL
MPlayer makes use of ‘libcaca’ which is a Color ASCII Art library ..libcaca outputs text instead of pixels.It supports 2048 colors(Depends on the device)..The pic below will give u an idea of what am talking.
MPlayer comes as preinstalled in ubuntu 10.10 but if u r using a distro which doesnt have it then install it using the following command.
$ sudo apt-get install mplayer
Now u can play the video using the command
$ mplayer -vo caca filename.flv
here filename.flv is the source file
MPlayers documentation pertaining to this section is available here
The pic below shows ‘SouthPark’ playing in Terminal ASCII Mode
Difference between the normal video and ASCII style of video can be clearly seen in the picture belelow
UPDATE : To do all of the above stuff in Black and White please read this post .Thank You 🙂
I got the Idea for this post from How-To Geek thank you guys 🙂 🙂