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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: Yes. You can do this with OpenOffice. (MysteryGuitarMan video with OpenOffice Mac)
Date Sat, 11 Aug 2012 02:54:29 GMT
I was curious about the "provenance" of the .xls version of the AC/DC ASCII-art video so I
looked into the file.  The properties include a creation date of 2008-10-14 by Phil Clandillon.
 This is what Phil Clandillon says about the award-winning Excel Video:

This version was designed to promote the release of "Black Ice" and gives a track list, with
"Rock N Roll Train" as the first track.  Since (according to Wikipedia) digital versions were
not authorized by AC/DC, the Excel-embedded partial track is a rarity.  There are links in
the spreadsheet, to  That domain is defunct, but is still working.
 The video has more block-lettered caption scrolls during the lead-in that are not from the
same file.  The single-sheet file acdc.xls is the download.  You can see it in the YouTube
video, along with the play and stop buttons and a portion of the track list on the right hand
of the screen.

Oh, and Wikipedia is out of date about MP3s. has a few (but not "Rock and Roll
Train") plus many more from tribute and cover bands.

Fans of the band will enjoy the video about the creation of the "Rock N Roll Train" music
video that was used to promote the album: <>.

The result is at <>.  In it you can see that
the ASCII video was derived from some of the green-screen insertions in the full video.

 - orcmid (who loves this stuff)

-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis E. Hamilton [] 
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2012 18:11
Subject: RE: Yes. You can do this with OpenOffice. (MysteryGuitarMan video with OpenOffice

I just noticed that the document is in XLS format, though it is seen running in
Calc. (On a Mac?) 

The AC/DC ASCII-art video (one I first saw in an XLS format a couple of years ago) as done
in ODS doesn't use any Windows-specific objects.  The narrative explaining how that one was
done (linked by Andrea) goes into that.

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Weir [] 
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2012 15:40
Subject: Re: Yes. You can do this with OpenOffice. (MysteryGuitarMan video with OpenOffice

On Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 6:06 PM, Andreas S├Ąger <> wrote:
> Am 10.08.2012 02:24, Rob Weir wrote:
>> And here is the "behind the scenes" video that explains how he did it:
> Having a video converter which creates the coarse pixel frames, all you need
> is one matrix of color values per frame and script to dump them into the
> Calc document.
> Matrix of 16 colors calculated from 32x32 random values:

Cool.  How would we get the pixel level numeric data into the
spreadsheet initially?  I assume there is nothing in the macro
language that can parse image data at that level. So we'd need to call
out to a helper library?

Also, one other nice time to have -- not strictly necessary, but would
improve the results -- picking an optimal color palette that best
matches the colors in the original image.  There are some standard
algorithms for this:



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