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Submitted by Jari Komppa, posted on September 28, 2001

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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 avi player.

... "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.

The images:
  • 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

    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.

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    Jari Komppa

    September 29, 2001, 03:29 AM

    Cool, considering the upcoming textmode demo compo.


    September 29, 2001, 07:04 AM

    Kewl. I read about an Italian guy 2 years ago that had made something similar. It used 4 shades of grey and he used it for his webcam. anyway kewl stuff. :)

    Tobias Franke

    September 29, 2001, 08:08 AM

    wow, this is amazing! its so much fun to check out all different kinds of video clips and movies with the player!!! weird, but great idea!


    September 29, 2001, 08:44 AM

    Nice stuff!!!


    October 01, 2001, 03:04 AM

    Alright, I missed this IOTD by a couple of days, but I gotta post a comment you to say that this is pretty cool. :)


    October 01, 2001, 07:06 AM

    ASCII Art Rules :)

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