VLC media player is the most popular robust, multiformat, free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files with various streaming protocols. Also it can be used to convert media file from one format to another. Example is how to convert any video file to ASCII using VLC Media player.

With the steps below you can use VLC to convert Video files to ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange)

To get started

Step 1:

Open your VLC Media Player.

Step 2:

Click on the Tools menu and in the drop down list, click on Preferences at the bottom of the list.

Step 3:

Click on Video icon on the left sidebar.

Step 4:

Click on the drop down box next to Output.

Step 5:

Select &Color ASCII art video output& from the drop down list.

Step 6:

Click Save and restart VLC.


Please note! Older versions of VLC might require modifications in these settings under the Advance tab or All Settings tab. As VLC runs on a variety of Operating Systems, these steps will work on any computer capable of running this media player.

However, it is interesting to point out that older computers having poor hardware will slow down and give a stuttered output.

There you have it. Try it and share your experience using the comment section.

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