If you are logged into a remote terminal and wish to quickly view the contents of video files, you can use the CACA output module of VLC to view an ASCII version of the video through the terminal. This is handy if you haven't set up X forwarding, or if X isn't available.

vlc -V caca fileToOpen

I'd even recommend doing it just for fun on your local machine. The results are surprisingly good!

3 thoughts on “VLC CACA ASCII Output

  1. i remember doing this with mplayer when i couldn't get X working, but that didn't have colour, i don't think. this is more deadly. what size is the video you're running in the screencap? mine does not quite look as nice...
    is your vlc running on linux?

  2. I SSH'd into the appletv from my Win7 desktop and ran VLC from the terminal there. Its a DVD ISO so I guess its in or around 720×576.

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