Answer by Ravi Ranjan Kumar on Quora
Its nice to see so many unknown features of VLC listed here. most of them are common nowadays. by the way there is one more cool feature of VLC which is Playing Videos in ASCII Art. It is one the awesome facility.
To have fun with ASCII art you have to just configure your VLC for ASCII mode.
Take a look how –
open VLC media player and click on Tools>Preferences.
Open the section “Video” section and
under “Output” select “Color ASCII art video output” from the drop down menu and now Save it.
Now play any video file to enjoy the ASCII art.