When YouTube as a video platform is all about original content creation, Vimeo is all about art. And perhaps that's why the video-sharing website just recently added this little hidden easter egg to their video player that allows you to watch any video with a bunch of artsy filters (think Instagram-style overlays). On top of that, with the same easter egg, it's now possible to watch HD video's as ASCII-art.
What is ASCII art?
For those who don't know what ASCII art is: Wikipedia describes it as a "graphic design technique that uses computers for presentation and consists of pictures pieced together from the characters defined by the ASCII chart". A quick search on Google, and you'll find a whole bunch of online tools to convert images to ASCII art. But why not extend this to video?
Vimeo adds a whole bunch of Instagram-like filters to their video player
Thanks to Vimeo and their developers, it's now as easy as pressing the shortcut E or X while watching a video on Vimeo to enable the ASCII filter in the video player. Just watch the screen recording below.
The other effect filters also definitely give a nice touch to certain videos. A quick overview:
Normal (without filter)
Moribund (black and white)
Just try it yourself!
You can use the video below to go ahead and try the effects out yourself. Spread the ASCII-love!