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  • Seth Taylor

    April 6, 2005 at 6:18 am

    I’ll give the link first. Then I’ll say how I’d try to do it, but I’m not having much success with it. Your suggestions are very welcome.

    Could you posterize some black and white footage, and apply some sort of luma matte to reveal a texture of letters?

  • Steve Roberts

    April 6, 2005 at 6:45 am

    Well, if you take a close look, you’ll see that there’s a correlation between character and black density … so we’re probably talking about the good ol’ ASCII art technique.

    Here’s a script that converts still GIFs to ASCII:

    Maybe the boys at Profound Effects could come up with something for AE. Otherwise, I can’t think of a canned AE solution.


  • hans van vliet

    April 6, 2005 at 7:12 am

    Yeah, I actually started working on an effect like this for a video clip and had to can it when I saw this .. LOL. But I used a gif to ascii convertor. outputed everything high contrast after testing it all out and did it at like 15 frames a sec for a nice jitter feel. It’s very fantastic and I’m glad someone did it right .. Good luck.

    I saw that some live VJ stuff has plugins like this too, resolume2.2 has an ascii plugin. but it’s set only at one res so it’s a bit boring but might be what you looking for, you might be able to mess with it.


  • Frank

    April 6, 2005 at 11:18 am

    Shoot your actor on blue/green screen, back in after effects make and auto trace mask.
    Creat a layer with randoming ascii code
    Make details in roto ?

  • Tobias Lind

    April 6, 2005 at 12:46 pm

    You can do this with Particle Playground.

    It’s a pain. I know. But after you messed around with the settings – you can take a weeks vacation!
    (it’s a slow render)

    Basically – a grid that shows characters.
    Set the size and characters to be derived from the various colors of your original footage.
    though it’s not choosing characters depending on what color/blackness the image is – it fakes it by scaling the characters instead.

    Good luck,

  • Chris Smith

    April 6, 2005 at 2:33 pm

    Well, doing it that way gives up the coolness that the ascii creates the image depending on character. Then it’s just a luma matte thing. Which if you wanted to do it that way would be much quicker to shoot subject over white and turn the RGB image into a luma matte.

    Chris Smith

  • Seth Taylor

    April 6, 2005 at 4:53 pm

    That sounds really cool Tobias. Are there any tutorials you recommend to help me better understand this method of using particle playground, or AEPs that I can disect? I’m very inexperienced with Particle Playground.

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