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       hasciicam - (h)ascii for the masses!


       hasciicam  [  -hvq  ]  [  -m  mode  ]  [  -d  device  ]  [  -i  input ] [ -o output ] [ -f
       :user%pass@host:/dir ] [ rendering-options ]


       hasciicam makes it possible to have live asciivideo on the web.  It  takes  video  from  a
       capture  device  (like  tv  cards  or quickcams) and renders it into ascii, formatting the
       output into an html page with a refresh tag or in a live ascii window or in a simple  text
       file as well, giving the possiblity to publish on the web a live asciivideo feed browsable
       without any need for browser's plugins.

       hasciicam grabs frames using Video4Linux api, renders them into ascii using AA-lib  engine
       and  is  capable  of  armoring  them  with auto-refreshing HTML code. It's being used also
       jpeglib for optionally refresh a small jpeg image, so that it can work also  as  a  simple
       webcam (or showing both, jpeg and asciivideo).


       -h --help
              Display a help text and quit.

       -v --version
              Display version and quit.

       -q --quiet
              Be quiet and don't show hardware detection.

       -m --mode
              Selects the mode in wich hasciicam will run:
              live  will  use  the  console (or eventually open one under X display) to show full
              speed ascii video.
              html will write html formatted ascii video every refresh seconds into file aafile.
              text will write plain text ascii video every refresh seconds into file aafile.
              Default mode is live. Mode selection is XOR'ed.

       -d --device
              Use specified capture device. Default is /dev/video.

       -i --input
              Selects the device's input channel to be used for grabbing frames. Default is 1.

       -o --aafile
              Defines the file where to save rendered ascii, overwrited  every  refresh  seconds.
              Default  is  hasciicam.html  when  in  html  mode,  hasciicam.txt when in text mode
              (useless when in live mode).

       -f --ftp
              Ftp pushes the  selected  output  file  to  an  ftp  account  specified  within  an
              expression   like  If  the  password  is  not
              specified (omit %pass) hasciicam asks for it on stdin (hidden while typing). If the
              directory  is  not specified it is assumed to be the first ftp directory where user
              logs in. Remote  file  is  refreshed  depending  on  refresh  rate  and  connection
              bandwidth,  a  scolopendro  temporary  file is created to keep clients on the other
              side refreshing smooth.

       -D --daemon
              Forks to background and runs in daemon mode.


       -S --font-size
              Selects a font size from 1 to 4 used in html rendering. default is 1  (only  useful
              when in html mode).

       -a --font-face
              Selects  a  font  face  to  be  used in html rendering, it should be fixed size for
              better results. default is courier (only useful when in html mode).

       -r --refresh
              Specifies the refresh interval in seconds between each grabbed frame. Default is  2
              (useless when in live mode).

       -b --aabright
              Specifies brightness level for the aa_render, from 0 to 100. Default is 60.

       -c --aacontrast
              Specifies contrast level for the aa_render, from 0 to 100. Default is 4.

       -g --aagamma
              Specifies gamma correction level for the aa_render, from 0 to 100. Default is 3.

       -I --invert
              Invert and render the resulting negative ascii.

       -B --background
              Specifies the background color to be used in the form of a hex RGB triplet (without
              the leading #). Default is 000000 for black (only useful when in html mode).

       -F --foreground
              Specifies the foreground color to be used in the form of a hex RGB triplet (without
              the leading #). Default is 00FF00 for green (only useful when in html mode).


       hasciicam -m html -o watchme.html
       puts  your  html formatted ascii into watchme.html - then just open it with your favourite
       hasciicam -m text -o ~/.plan
       puts your ascii into your local .plan (fingercam) hasciicam -m html -S 2 -o index.html  -f
       generates  an hascii video with font size +1 and uploads the frames in ftp passive mode on
       the server, with user jaromil password sasuchen, inside the korova directory


       When using a usb webcam, a supported size needs to be specified. The  minimum  or  maximum
       detected  size  should  work,  also  a  size  of  160x120  mostly gives good results, with
       unsupported sizes you will get unexpected results.


       Report bugs to Please include a complete, self-contained example  that
       will  allow the bug to be reproduced, information about which version of hasciicam you are
       using, which operative system and the complete device detection output.


       jaromil [aka Denis Roio] <>


       Copyright (c) 2001-2006 Denis Roio <>
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       GNU  Free  Documentation  License,  Version 1.1 or any later version published by the Free
       Software Foundation. Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of  this
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       on all copies.


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