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ANSI PMV: Obsolete

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May. 3rd, 2018 | 05:10 pm

You probably know ASCII art — you may or may not also know ANSI movies, depending on how old you are and how extensively you used computers and frequented BBSes in the late 80s/early 90s.

Well, a couple of years ago, klystron2010 created an ASCII art version of Twilight Sparkle, and I commented on it, saying "Your next mission, should you choose to accept it: make an ANSI movie involving ponies".

I don't know whether it's directly as a result of this, but the artist actually went ahead and did, producing an awesome ANSI PMV for Rudebrat's Obsolete:

This was finished in February this year, and was apparently almost 5 years in the making — a real labor of love, and it shows. (I only wish Youtube's compression was a bit less draconic — the compression artifacts are quite bad.)

Equestria Daily also picked it up, BTW, but described it as "pixel art". Kids these days, eh? ;) Or maybe "ANSI art" really is an antediluvian term and concept[1] (in which case the choice of song is really quite clever).

  1. Unrelated: a while ago I tried to find out how to filter Usenet[2] messages in Thunderbird; my first instinct was to do a web search for "Thunderbird Usenet killfile", and one of the first hits mentioned that "killfile" was, in this day and age, an antediluvian term that few people would understand, and fewer still actively use.
  2. Usenet is, of course, arguably antediluvian in and on itself.

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Aurifer Salavor

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from: aurifer
date: May. 5th, 2018 05:12 am (UTC)
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Well, an ANSI movie on Youtube is effectively pixel art. It's gotta be streamed over Telnet!

Likewise, I have mixed feelings about 2000s Flash/Shockwave content on Youtube. It's missing stuff. It doesn't support vectors, and any loops have to be baked into the video. It just feels wrong.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 5th, 2018 07:48 am (UTC)
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Or downloaded and watched locally, using TYPE... :)

Yes, definitely agree about Flash content on Youtube. It's nice to see stuff preserved (short of Adobe open-sourcing Flash entirely and releasing it under a copyleft license, I don't see that much future for the various efforts to produce free Flash player alternatives – and FWIW I'm not primarily interested in those because software freedom, it's ongoing accessibility of Flash content I'm after –, so Youtube, or generally conversion to bitstream video, is really the best thing we have), but yes, the transformation will invariably be lossy. Even when you don't yet consider interactivity, there are things Flash can do that video can't easily/perfectly reproduce.

An entirely different problem with Youtube is their censorship (aka "terms and conditions", "community values" etc). I was thinking that when Weebl's "Amazing Horse" came up on the host's smart-TV on a party a while ago; the "when you tug on its winky" bit was pixelated, which I don't recall it being in the Flash version on NG.

Now doubtlessly this was done by Weebl himself, not by Youtube, after the fact. OTOH it was also doubtlessly in response to Youtube's policies. Self-censorship for fear of reprisal is still censorship.

There's a lot of issues with Youtube's policies, even if you grant that their intentions are good (and I'm not sure I'd grant that), such as the "one size fits all" approach to cultural values – e.g. why should videos uploaded by a Japanese user for a Japanese audience conform to US-American values, but not vice versa? –; but that's a different story; my point is really just that even if it weren't for technical limitations, Youtube would still be a poor substitute for sites like NG (and a poor archive for their content), as at least half the stuff on these sites would be censored, if not outright banned, on Youtube. (And much of the rest wouldn't work due to interactivity and other things that video can't replicate.)

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Lucius

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from: ducktapeddonkey
date: May. 5th, 2018 01:30 pm (UTC)
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Super cool!

*grin* Cue up the "challenge completed" memes.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 5th, 2018 05:17 pm (UTC)
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It is, isn't it? :)

And indeed! (...I just spent 15 minutes searching for one that fits, too, but drew a blank. Oh well. XD)

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