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Convert Video to ASCII Text Art

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Published on: March 3, 2009

Uh, third post in 2 days… that surprises even me. Hehe It was by coincidence actually, but somebody at Mahalo Answers made me aware of the feature of the free VLC (VideoLan) video player to convert video images to color ASCII art (some would call this ANSI hehe) in real-time. I thought that this is a cool feature, just by hearing about it. I downloaded the player and was unable to find the option for the ASCII art output, so I asked the guy at Mahalo Answers about it and luckily for me, he answered this question as well (a bit delayed, which made me drop the ball on it as well). The feature is buried deeply within the configuration options of the player and not that easy to find. To help you with this problem, see my step by step guide to enable the feature in the VideoLan player. Every step is illustrated with a screen shot, so that there should not be any excuses for why you could not set it up yourself properly. Start with getting the latest version of the VideoLan video player at VideoLan.org (note: the latest version does not have this feature anymore. See note at the end of the post for details). The player is available across platform, over a dozen different Linux and Unix distributions and versions. Binaries for Windows, Macintosh Mac OS X, BeOS and Syllable are also available by the way. It’s released under the GNU License. Step by Step[…]

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FILE_ID.DIZ Stories… A Trip Down Memory Lane

Categories: ASCII, BBS, history, Oldskool
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Published on: February 11, 2009

I remember the days when there was no such thing as “file_id.diz” and users had to enter a description for every single file that you uploaded manually. A pain in the ass and often causing poor descriptions of your file directory, because most users (especially in the “Warez Scene” or “Software Pirates Scene“) did not have the time to enter very long and descriptive details to every file. Remember, there was no copy-and-paste nor multi-tasking at that time either. I know that the AMIGA guys had tools that worked similar to the Windows Clipboard. For that reason was the Amiga scene also the first that introduced the mini ASCII logos of release groups that AMIGA couriers used for the BBS file descriptions to make the files more prominent. Oldskool (AMIGA style) file_id.diz ASCII design for the Elite Warez PC release group Razor 1911 . . Quake III (c)Id???Software final CD???Rip __________ . /________ \ ???============??? : ???[01/99]??? : | _\ )__/|______ ____|\ __ _/????????? | /___/ _____ / __ \ \/ \ ??????\_ \????????? | . \ < |/ /____\ | .\_/ ??????/ ??? ??? | |\______|___________/ | ????????? ??? ??? | / .:.nineteeneleven.:.\ | roy ???== |/ ===================== \| ====??? . Logos were adapted by the PC scene after file_id.diz was introduced by Clark Development Corporation (I believe that was with PC Board V14.5, but I am not 100% sure, it could also been V15.0). The first ASCII (file_id) logos for PC releases were Amiga style designs, often even[…]

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First ASCII Art Piece of Mine in Ages

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Published on: January 18, 2009

I cannot believe that I actually managed to create my first piece of block ASCII Art in ages… eons might be the better word to describe the time frame between the creation of this ASCII?? and the last ASCII of mine that I created before this one. The ASCII that I created was a long over-due request by Mad Max, the co-founder of the old scene group CPI, Canadian Pirates Inc., which I actually joined myself in September of last year. I had this open request on my conscience for way too long and I am glad that I got this off my head now. I also hope that Mad Max will like the NFO file logo. I have to admit, that I got a little bit rusty (old maybe? ). I sent the ASCII to him via email, but did not hear back from him since then. I will find out sooner or later I also Finished Something Else 😉 !!! I wrote about the amount (count) of different SAC releases across all pages earlier this year.?? I also made stuff available for download in re-sorted and grouped bundles by content type rather than by SAC artpack. Interesting SAC Art Packs Statistics, Figures and Downloads Interesting SAC Art Packs Statistics, Figures and Downloads – Part II More SAC Art Put Up for Access On-Line via Web Browser That was all nice and good, but does not make the old-school art of ASCII, ANSI or Pixel Art accessible (viewable) online[…]

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Interesting SAC Art Packs Statistics, Figures and Downloads – Part II

Categories: ANSI, ASCII, Oldskool, SAC, Scene-Videos
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Published on: December 31, 2008

I posted yesterday Part I of my findings about the Superior Art Creations (SAC) Art Pack Releases. I was sorting today through the ANSI and ASCII releases and also uploaded all the music files converted to MP3 to Mediafire.com for download by anybody who is interested and not able to play back the music in its original format (MOD, XM, S3M, DMF, IT and SID). You can find them all at this web address. More download links can be found at the end of this post. I shouldn’t have made jokes about the file duplications by some of the SAC pixel artists by saying “funny, he obviously had no directory with all his art work in it, like the rest of us hehe“, because it appears that I made the same error myself a few times when it comes to my ASCII art releases. I file name duped pretty often actually so I should have kept my mouth shut, because it seems that I am the worst offender of them all hehe. But more to that a but later. Lets start with some additional music dupes that I found. I believe the following facts might not be as interesting as the stuff in my previous post, but it is interesting for me and maybe a few folks out there and that is enough for me to publish it on my blog hehe. Sorry File Name Pk MP3 File Name MP3 MD5 Check Sum—————————————————————————-mt_addi.sid 27 mt_addi.mp3 1aca2c2191c2173e2d5dc858ec9d6a21mt_holba.sid 27 mt_holba_beer.mp3 dc14a3fc3a5ac670e4b3e2313a546055mt_addiction.sid 28[…]

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Interesting SAC Art Packs Statistics, Figures and Downloads

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Published on: December 29, 2008

I am still working on sorting through the Superior Art Creations (SAC) art packs and to make them easy accessible via the web (e.g. my web site and elsewhere). The sorting brings up some interesting facts about the art pack releases that I want to share with you. All SAC Art Packs are available for download here and also here at my site. ?? Facts, Stats and Figures 2 of the 35 art packs included?? no music release at all, packs 18 and 19. All art packs included ANSI, ASCII and VGA pixel art work, but it was once?? close to the release of an art pack without pixel art. Pack 08 from September 1996 was 2 files in size, but it only included one piece of pixel art, a small SAC logo by Hetero that he created for the packs SACtro (SAC0996A.ZIP and SAC0996B.ZIP). I guess we were lucky hehe. 2 pixel art images in pack 33 by Asphyx/SAC were a dupe (asx-madhat-final.jpg and asx-warlords-logo.png). The two images had been released already in SAC Pack 32 five months earlier that same year. It almost looked like as if Pasha duped a picture for art pack 27, but the images are different (p-abs.png). He just named the file for another logo the same as he did a logo for the same group that he created in the past (funny, he obviously had no directory with all his art work in it, like the rest of us hehe). 2 Tracker Modules[…]

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