Google add ASCII Mode to YouTube

Google [GOOG] have added an interesting change (perhaps for April fools day only) that can convert videos to ASCII art. The option can be found on any video by simply clicking on the tab in the video box where you set the resolution. The option is called TEXTp and can be found at the top of the list on any video selected (note that it won’t work on a users page, so you’ll need to be on the single video page).

A video demonstration can be found below which shows our trip to Silverstone a few years back.

One thing to note is that it doesn’t work on the embedded video below, but if you click on the video it will take you to the YouTube site where the resolution can be switched to the TEXTp mode.


  1. Johnny5k says

    Awesome! Anybody know how to embed the ASCII version? Is there a parameter, like &fmt=18? (I tried all the obvious values, including TEXTp, textp, 1, 2, & 8

    • I have read how to do that somewhere today, but can’t quite remember where I read it. You are correct in that there is a parameter that can be used. Let me try figure it out and get back to you.

  2. try adding &textp=fool to your vid cue

  3. it was textp=fool

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