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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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Time Travel to the Era of the BBS and ANSI Animation

Categories: ANSI, Scene-Videos, text art
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Published on: June 25, 2008

I am sorry for all the dead videos at my blog at the moment, but as I mentioned in my last post, my primary YouTube account is currently in status “suspended”. I tried to contact YouTube several times via email and fax (yeah, that machine that sends paper over the phone wires). I also tried to call them, but if you do not know the extension of the person you want to reach then you got stuck in an automated computer menu jungle or the system hangs up on you. I complained about this horrible support at one of the business blogs I write for and home that I will hear something from YouTube within this year or so. I have not given up my account yet. I probably lost the hundreds of subscribers, but I hope for YouTube that my 160+ videos are still okay. I still have my other YouTube account with the user name “sacreleases” where I upload demos, intros and cracktro videos recordings and ANSI animations or ASCIImations. That account has over 200 videos available for watching. In the case that you did not notice, but I made the first 199 videos accessible from the RoySAC.com homepage via a YouTube JavaScript widget. One Video that I uploaded last night was the ANSI animation by Jed and Tracer of ACiD Productions for the BBS “The Bog” from around 1992. I added audio to it, just for the fun of it and to support the visual images. I[…]

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ANSI Art Tutorials for my ASCII Art Academy

Categories: ANSI, ASCII, text art
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Published on: March 10, 2008

Good news! I extended the ASCII Art Academy with several new tutorials.Only one of the new tutorials is for 7-bit ASCII, but hey, there I had already seven to begin with. The additional tutorial was created by “Cain” and it demonstrates how to draw a cool 7-bit newskool ASCII Logo.The most important additions are the SIX ANSI art tutorials, because I didn’t had any ANSI tutorials before and was constantly looking for some.I found the tutorials in an unexpected place. They were originally published at the Acheron ANSI, ASCII and RIP art forums and portal at Acheron.org. Archeron was discontinued in 2004 and is now part of the Sixteencolors.net site, specificallly the Sixteencolors.net Wiki.I found a backup of the whole site on the “Dark Domain DVD” by RaD Man/ACiD, which is actually an archive for ANSI/ASCII art packs and not a web archive per se. Well, thanks to Chris (RaD Man) and his collectors instinct, was I able to republish the ANSI art tutorials on the Internet again.The Dark Domain DVD is available in my little “online shop” by the way and a must buy for all ANSI and ASCII art fans out there. Buy the DVD and stop collecting anything that was released before 2005, because the DVD has all of them in one small and handy package for an affordable price.Now I need to find tutorials for 8-Bit block ASCII. I don’t have anything for that style available at my academy yet. I will continue looking for any[…]

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What is ANSI Animation or ANSImation?

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Published on: January 11, 2008

People often confuse ASCII animation or ASCIImation with ANSI Animation or ANSImation and believe them to be the same. This is actually wrong. ASCIImations are created by using programming (code) to move text characters around in a way that makes it apear like an animation or movement. Even text-mode demos that show text characters with ANSI color coding are not really ANSI animations, because they also use programming to make the characters move to get the desired movie or animation visual effects. Back to ASCII Art Academy True ANSI animations are not coded, don’t use any programming language to create the effect of motion and only make use of some more specific and special escape sequences provided by the ANSI.sys driver of MS DOS. ANSI animations are not executables like text-mode demos, but plain and simple .ANS text files. Smart Cursor ControlANSI animation takes advantage of the build-in ESC sequences of the ANSI format to re-position the cursor on the screen to rewrite individual areas in a video-like sequence. ANSI.sys, the MS DOS driver that enabled the support for ANSI codes, also supported a number of other features that were helpful for the creation of ANSI animations. Set cursor-position; move up/down/forward/backward for a set number of characters, save current cursor position, restore cursor position and erase line are the most important of those features. For a full description of the ANSI escape sequences supported by ANSI.sys, check out this text file. Only few editors that supported ANSI animation are available.[…]

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Stats for Fun

Categories: ANSI, ASCII, Personal, text art
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Published on: January 3, 2008

I have an account at the social network and artist community deviantArt.com since March 3, 2006. I looked at the statistics today and find it pretty interesting. Some numbers are not shown in the summary so I added them myself.Stats Summary roy-sac has 9,985 pageviews total and his 306 deviations were viewed 23,717 times. He watches 60 people, while 86 people watch him. Overall, his deviations received 665 comments and were added to deviants’ favourites 198 times, while he commented 1,383 times, making about 2.06 comments per day since he joined DA. This means that he gave 21 comments for every 10 that he received. His deviation with the most comments is deviantART ANSI Logo with 98 comments, and it is also his most favourited, with 73 favourites. His most viewed deviation is deviantART ANSI Logo with 5,266 views. 3 favourites were given for every 10 comments. Every 2.1 days he uploads a new deviation, and it’s usually on a Sunday, with 66 (22%) of his deviations. His busiest month was July 2006 with 61 (20%) of his deviations. The majority of his deviations are uploaded to the Digital Art gallery (268), while his favourite category was Text Art > ASCII with 134 deviations. Comments per deviation: 2.17 Favourites per deviation: 0.64 Views per deviation: 77.5 Comments per day: 0.99 Favourites per day: 0.29 Views per day: 35.35 Pageviews per day: 14.88 Additional figures that were not provided in the summary by deviantArt. Deviation Comments: 671 Deviant Comments: 373 News[…]

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