Sorry for such a quick textmode IOTD follow-up.
What happened was that someone posted some matrix-trailer-inna-textmode
production, and I figured that my textmode renderer probably would look
better (although it's far from perfect - aalib for instance makes much
better results)... so I downloaded some mpeg software simulation group
sources and made an mpeg player for textmode. Then I talked about this
on #coders for a bit and someone tossed the idea that I could make an
... "yeah right", I said ...
Anyway, then I was bored again and glanced at the DirectShow API and
figured I might actually do it. The result is here - windows media
player that outputs in NT console. It can play almost everything
windows media player can, so yes, if you have a DivX codec installed,
you can watch DivX AVIs with this, in textmode.
top left, Unreal Technology Demo (mpg)
top right, 'show our power' assembly01 winner animation (mpg)
bottom left, 'Lapsuus', assembly01 winner demo (DivX avi)
bottom right, Max Payne E3 2001 video (wmv)
The binaries can be found on http://iki.fi/sol
Unfortunately I won't be releasing the source, since it's such
an ugly mess. The ascii art renderer source can, however, be
downloaded from my site.