One of the options in VLC Media Player is watching movies in the VLC ASCII mode. ASCII files (abbreviation for American Standard Code for Information Interchange, a code developed by Bob Bemer) are files which consist of text only. You can adjust texts in the VLC ASCII mode in every text editor, for example in Notepad. In fact an ASCII file is a standard to represent punctuation marks, but also figures, letters and other symbols. Then a number will be coupled to a sign in that particular series, by which that specific sign can be indicated. In total there are 128 ASCII codes, which stand in the standard ASCII table. This table consists of two parts: 95 visible signs, in fact printable characters, and 33 non-printing control characters. Figures, punctuation marks, capital- and small letters, the space and some other symbols are among the visible signs. The 33 non-printing control characters are also non-visible signs. In fact they give information about the data that will be sended.
By watching films with vlc in the mode ASCII, you will get a very special effect while watching a movie. Below you can see an example of a snapshot from a dvd that is played in the vlc ASCII VLC mode. Just try it yourself, it is completely different, but it’s very funny!
Curious about how your favorite movie looks like in a totally different mode? To play a vlc file in the VLC ASCII mode you follow the steps mentioned below:
1. Open VLC Media Player
2. Go to Tools –> Preferences
3. Select in the left bottom below the option ‘Simple’
4. Go to Video
5. In the tab Video behind Output select the option ‘Color ASCII art video output’
6. Choose Save
7. The application takes effect after the program is restarted