HasciiCam enables users to publish live ascii video on the web. It captures video from a tv card and renders it into ASCII letters, formatting the output into an html page with a refresh tag, or in a live ASCII window, or in a simple text file.
The software enables users with a tv card, Linux box, and a cheap modem line to show live (h)ascii video which can be viewed without any need for extra applications, plugins, Java etc.
Hasciicam grabs video using Video4Linux api: gets a YUV422 plane and uses the luminance component to obtain a grayscale frame, then renders each frame into hascii using the AA-lib engine, armoring it in a html with a refresh tag.
Hasciicam is operated via the command line.
When using a usb webcam, a supported size needs to be specified. The minimum or maximum detected size should work, also a size of 160×120 mostly gives good results, with unsupported sizes you will get unexpected results.
- Low bandwidth live cam “streaming”.
- Command line settings.
- Customizable refresh rate.
- Live mode.
- Gives you the coolest .plan you ever had.
- Draws nifty symbols on your face.
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