Projects / hasciicam


Hasciicam makes it possible to have live ASCII video on the Web. It captures video from a TV card and renders it into ASCII, formatting the output into an HTML page with a refresh tag or in a live ASCII window or in a simple text file as well, giving anyone that has a bttv card, a Linux box, and a cheap modem line the ability to show a live asciivideo feed that can be browsable without any need for a plugin, Java, etc.

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RSS Recent releases

  •  05 Mar 2011 19:46

Release Notes: This release fixes correct parsing of AA-Lib options so that they can be changed from the command line.

  •  03 Mar 2011 22:27

Release Notes: This release adds support for even more Webcams (V4L2) and provides Debian binary packages.

  •  25 Jul 2006 09:37

Release Notes: More Webcams are supported (grabbing YUV420P).

  •  25 Jul 2003 11:20

Release Notes: An important fix to grab code is included, resulting in support for most of the 2.4 Linux kernel drivers: grayscale is now taken from YUV422 luminance instead of RGB sampling, which should also improve performance on slower machines. The FTP code has been reimplemented with ftplib, and passive mode connection is supported to stream from behind firewalls. The code has been cleaned up a bit and aalib options directly exposed from the command line.

  •  16 Jul 2001 19:22

Release Notes: Better software greyscale downsampling code, fixes in jpegdump and FTP code, contributed support for SGI Irix, and code cleanups.

RSS Recent comments

20 Nov 2002 18:23 joelaff

Apache Module
How about making an apache module that converts all
images to ASCII art for viweing in lynx, etc... ?

This would be a very cool module indeed. It could be
configured to only server up the ASCI art to browsers that
could use it (or in the ALT tage text).

14 Jun 2001 19:36 sciedou

subject? prcd..
hey jaromil ti serve un mirror per caso ? :)

31 Jan 2001 07:23 jaromil

Re: Is anyone using this?

> Sorry, the homepage is missing some
> links
> to sites which actually run the
> software.

uhm... shouldn't i say that? :)
i did'nt received any url from users to publish on the webpage, who wants to be the first?

31 Jan 2001 03:48 Avatar stesch

Is anyone using this?
Sorry, the homepage is missing some links
to sites which actually run the software.

31 Jan 2001 03:46 fleece

wish i could stay up all night playing with this one, but alas, i can't get by on caffeine alone tomorrow. well, i guess i could =)

anyone have any links to cams that're up and running?



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