You can easily watch videos and view images in ascii. If you are ascii art fans, you will be amazed what libaa and libcaca capable of. libaa is a portable ascii art GFX library, where libcaca as well, is another ascii art library but it have better support such as unicode, 2048 colors etc.
Mplayer support both real time caca and aa playback as video output.
mplayer -vo caca death_note_epi15.avi
mplayer -vo aa death_note_epi15.avi
Besides, play real time video in ascii, both caca and aa have image viewer, where it allows user to view image in ascii. For libcaca, the image viewer is cacaview where for libaa, is asciiview.
Bellow is the snapshot of cacaview, displaying Chinese New Year postcard in color ascii.
And this is a Jun Ji Hyun ascii view presented by asciiview.
Both ascii image viewer support basic functions such as zoom in, zoom out and contrast. Check out its manual for more. For ubuntu user, you can download obtain cacaview through
apt-get install caca-utils
apt-get install aview
[tags]libaa, ascii art, libcaca, ubuntu, Jun Ji Hyun[/tags]