Watch Vimeo videos in ASCII art with this newest hidden easter egg!

16th March 2018

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)

Soporific

Escutcheon

Pluvious

Moribund (black and white)

Fecundity

Jejune

Just try it yourself!

You can use the video below to go ahead and try the effects out yourself. Spread the ASCII-love!