HasciiCam makes it possible to have 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. It gives the possiblity to anybody that has a bttv card, a unix box and a cheap modem line to show live (h)ascii video can be viewed without any need for extra applications, plugins, java etc.
Long live ASCII art (now even in HTML!)
- low bandwidth live cam “streaming”
- command line settings
- customizable refresh rate
- amazing live mode
- gives you the coolest .plan you ever had
- draws nifty symbols on your face
To run this software you need to have installed a working Free GNU/Linux system, like for instance dyne:bolic.
You can compile HasciiCam from sourcecode or you can look into the list of packages for your GNU/Linux distribution if a compiled version is allready there. You also need to install AA-lib on your system, it is an excellent library used to convert video in ascii letters.
As hardware you need to have a webcam or a videocard supported by “video 4 linux”, most of the gear you can buy around should work well.
Hasciicam is written in plain C and is operated via command line, comes with a comfortable help ( -h option ) and a manual page.
Hasciicam grabs video using Video4Linux2 api: grabs YUV420 and uses the luminance component to obtain a grayscale frame, then renders each frame into (h)ascii using the AA-lib engine, armoring it in an html with a refresh tag.
HasciiCam is written in C and should be portable to various operating systems besides GNU/Linux, still you are strongly advised (is good for your karma) to use it on free GNU systems – and smoke a spliff sometimes.
HasciiCam’s source code stable releases are made available on our FTP at ftp.dyne.org/hasciicam
Many GNU/Linux distributions have packaged hasciicam ready to install.
If you use Debian or Ubuntu, try just apt-get install hasciicam
Hasciicam is an early RASTASOFT creation, JAH BLESS
The (new) code repository is on github.com/jaromil/hasciicam.
Hasciicam.c has been originally written by Jaromil
Jan Hubicka is the creator of AA-Lib,the library used to render video in ASCII
Diego “Rapid” Torres contributed security patches
Matteo “Blended” Scassa contributed support of webcams
Dan Stowell contributed V4L2 support
A vast number of people and organisations have used hasciicam in various installations, scenography, concerts and even televised videos. The Project Polascii ported hasciicam to work even for polaroid photo cameras :^)
Thanks go to:
- Gerd Knorr – for video4linux
- Thomas Pfau – for the ftp library
- Josto “Mathop” Chinelli – help on css with style
- August Black – io buzz hacking
- Boffh – usb cams hacking
- Martin guy – karma to avoid buffer overflows
- Erich “rat” Berger – for the text dump
- Pbm & Megabug – watching ascii horizons
- Alessandro Preite Martinez – Irix/SGI ports