Rock Your Webcam Like It's 1995

Many Webcam applications exist for Linux. If you want to play with self-portraits, there's Cheese. If you want to set up a security system in your office, there's Motion. But, if you just want to have some fun, give HasciiCam a try.

HasciiCam does for Webcams what aalib+mplayer does for video files. It renders your live video directly into ASCII. It also has a feature to create a live Web feed of your ASCII video for the whole world to see! HasciiCam might not be the most practical application to use with your Webcam, but if you ever have been fascinated with ASCII art, it might be the most fun. It's most likely packaged with your favorite distro, but if not, the source is available from its Web site:


Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.


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Short, but you hit the spot!

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I don't know but for some reason my 4-year-old daughter love it - and so do I. Thanks!

haha ... I love the tittle,

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haha ... I love the tittle, great article by the way

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The festival of colors and gifts go hand in hand as every Indian festival finds completion in gifts exchanging.

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Using mplayer

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You could also use mplayer for this:

mplayer -tv driver=v4l2 -vo caca tv://


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