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What is DivX?
and how do I install and use it to play DivX movies ...?
Note: WMA is sometimes used with
DivX. I cannot advise you to use it! Rather use MP3!
Note: The DivX-codec is available
for multiple platforms like Linux, Windows, Macintosh and PocketPC.
DivX from DivX.com has gone commercial, so you
might want to consider getting the compatible (and sometimes even
better) Open Source Xvid.
You can download this codec right
Tip: The original codec (3.11 alpha)
can still be downloaded here.
Read the Disclaimer!
download my own DivX logo here!
Short intro ...
DivX is originally the name of a copy protection for
DVD's. Thank God that didn't turned out to be a succes :) The name
however is now used to identify the "hacked"
(by Gej) version of Microsofts MPEG4 encoder for video compression, called
Others, like Smr, hacked the codec too, but it never
turned out to be such a succes as DivX.
Using MPEG4 a better compression is achieved
in comparison to MPEG2 (used in DVD's). Not only video is differently
compressed, DivX uses MP3 (or WMA) for audio compression as well.
Note: In the mean while some DivX capable DVD players appeared from companies like LiteOn, Kiss, Revoy and even Philips.
In the meanwhile two initiatives started building the
DivX codec from scratch without a line of Microsoft code in it. See www.DivX.com
and the Project
Mayo (OpenDivX). DivX.com
is offering a free download, including easy install, of the newly made
The DivX codec allows you to copy an entire DVD to be
compressed to one single CD (or 2 if you want the extras or your movie
is very very long). Many of these movies can be downloaded from newsgroups
like alt.binaries.movies and alt.binaries.movies.divx.
For playback and creating a DivX movie you will need
the DivX codec. Your first decision will be if you are going to be using
the original DivX ;-)
codec or the DivX.com
codec. Since the DivX.com
codec is not a hacked codec and therefor legal - I can only suggest to
use that one. Download it
Both codecs are compatible with Windows 9x, ME, 2000
and XP. The DivX codec by DivX.com can be downloaded for other operating
DivX ;-) 3.11a: When you decide to use the original, two things
- Warning overwrite existing codecs.
Windows will warn you that the setup of the original DivX ;-) codec
will overwrite the existing MPEG4 codecs. That's OK.
- Warning Not a Digital Signed Driver.
Windows 2000/XP will warn you that the codec is not certified by Microsoft...
do we care?
DivX.com: The setup will run flawless. One question
might popup asking you if this codec should playback DivX movies created
with the old codec - in order to be able to playback older movies: please
For playback of DivX movies, you can use the Windows
Media Player (7.0 or better). This works for both codecs.
Optional, with the DivX.com
codec, you can use the "Playa" DivX player that comes
with the codec. Advantage here is that it supports DivX movies that are
protected with some kind of copyright thing (when getting commercial DivX
Best of all: use MicroDVD.
It does support a lot of cool features, one of them is the support of
optional, one or more languages, subtitles!
Tip: for most DivX player you can use
ALT+ENTER to toggle between compact mode and fullscreen mode. You
can also use the SPACEBAR for Start/Pauze.
Tip: On the "DivX
rip intro" page, you can find more info on the commonly used
screen resolutions for DivX.