[LAU] [OT] capture TTY / convert to image

Jeanette C. julien at mail.upb.de
Mon Oct 11 00:38:30 CEST 2021

I love this! It's simple and lowlevel. I think I found a convert (ImageMagick) 
command to convert text to an image. Could you tell me, if this is readable, 

In case anyone is interested, it uses the text: input:
cat textfile | convert -font Courier text:- -resize 1280x720! image.jpg
The resize to 1280x720 is to fit in with my usual image format, so I can 
easily create a kind of slideshow with ffmpeg.

Best wishes,


Oct 10 2021, Bengt Gördén has written:

> On 2021-10-08 19:13, Jeanette C. wrote:
>> Hey hey,
>> given, that I don't have a framebuffer setup, what is the easiest way to 
> render 
>> one termain "snapshot" to an image file that can be part of a slide show or 
> video?
>> I have seen fbdump and fbgrab, which rely on the framebuffer and have 
> proven 
>> them to fail. Everything else I found is for the desktop or to be launched 
> in a 
>> desktop environment.
>> Any help, pointers are appreciated!
> I'm not sure but have a look at:
> man vcs, check the examples
> man setterm, look for --dump
> -- 
> /bengan
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