DivX Plus Software lets you convert video between popular formats and enjoy an enhanced playback experience across all your devices, at home and on the go. DivX Plus Software includes everything you need for a high-quality digital video experience including Converter, Player, Web Player and Codec Pack.
Web Player 2.3.1
Media Server 1.1.1
DivX To Go 9.1.1
DivX Installer System 2.1.1
Control Panel 1.1.2
Player improved seeking accuracy for new playback core
Player crash issue on Mac when resizing several times
Player VOD download issue for specific content hosts
DivX Media Server progress indicator accuracy when scanning your library
DivX Media Server improved MKV seeking for PS3
DivX Media Server upgrade stability for really large databases
Web Player decoding issue for HE-AAC audio
Web Player missing skin if width < about 550px
Web Player compatibility for right click context menus in Firefox
Web Player crash for IE9 and IE10 when initiating plugin
Web Player incorrect specific hotkey (Shift+Win+Left/Right arrow)
Web Player VOD issue with green blocks
Converter crash when dragging multiple files on Mac
Converter Error 2 caused by specific MOV file in Converter
Converter rotation tooltip display when input file matches profile
Converter no longer creates 0mb files after failed conversion
MP4 profile sometimes shows demo logo watermark
some minor localization issues
DivX Plus Software 9.1 - Released 2013-04-01
Web Player 2.3
Media Server 1.1
DivX To Go 9.1
DivX Installer System 2.1
Control Panel 1.1.2
Updated to QT 4.8 for UI
DivX 9.1 no longer works on Mac OS X 10.5
"Rotation" support for +/-90°, 180° for portrait videos from mobile phones
"My Presets" feature for saving custom profiles
"Pass-Through Video" option
Easily change order of videos by drag-and-drop.
Drag-and-drop adding of subtitles
Encode progress tracked in task bar for Windows 7
Support for SSA and ASS subtitles
Audio settings grouped together in Audio tab
Improved playback core for faster startup and stability
Removed support for DivX Ultra profile.
DivX Plus adaptive streaming support
New Black Skin
DivX Media Server:
MKV support for XboX, PS3, and Android devices
Ability to view a list of devices clients connected
Ability to view shared filenames with corresponding icon
Issue for WBShop bundle download
Improved TS file conversion capabilities
Improved Converter response to cancel button
DivX Media Server playback for particular MPEG/MP4 file
DivX Media Server improved first time detection robustness
DivX Media Server improved ability to add new folders
DivX Media Server scanning of .dll files are now skipped
DivX Media Server crash on Mountain Lion 10.8.2
Auto-update for Mac (now same as Windows)
DivX Plus Software 9.0.2 - Released 2013-02-12
Web Player 2.2.2
Media Server 1.0.2
DivX To Go 9.0.2
DivX Installer System 2.02, 2.0.3
Control Panel 1.1.1
Converter VOB imports for metadata
Converter Mac MPEG-2 registration issue
Resolved a number of bugs with format support and stability
Issue with Sleep Mode
Web Player interoperability with Google Maps
DivX Media Server
Issue with Xbox interoperability
Long scan times
Icon stretched issue
DivX Plus Software 9.0.1 - Released 2012-12-06
Web Player 2.2
Media Server 1.0.1
DivX To Go 9.0.1
DivX Installer System 2.0.1PControl panel 1.1.1
Converter 2 pass encoding is checked by default for highest quality
Converter max height resolution for Home Theater profile should be 576p
Converter crash for .m2ts specific file
Improved Converters ability to recognize duplicate VOB files already in queue
Converter support for DTS audio with third party filters
Installer signing issue for Mac platforms
Some error string localization issues
DivX Plus Software 9.0 - Released 2012-11-15
Web Player 2.2
Media Server 1.0
DivX To Go 9.0
DivX Installer System 2.0
Control Panel 1.1
All profiles for conversion are now free
Added MP4 Support for iPad and iPhone, with burned-in subtitles
Added hardware acceleration support on Intel systems with QuickSync
Updated user interface for Mac version
Added 2-pass encoding option
Added option for selecting audio output
Improved support for third-party filters Perian, RMVB, Vorbis
Improved support for MKV stripped headers
Improved progress indicator for encoding jobs
DLNA Media Server streaming for video files in DivX To Go
Added DivX To Go to Mac
Enhanced DivX To Go transferring/copying behavior for in-profile videos
Improved general stability and performance fixes
All formerly "Pro" features are now free
DivX + 9.0
What's new in this release?
Stream to your TV
DivX Plus Player now includes a free media server, so you can stream your video collection to any DLNA-compatible device. Just turn it on, select the folders you want to share, and you’re golden.
DivX Plus Converter is built on top of an entirely new cross-platform transcoding engine from the folks at MainConcept, so it’s just plain faster than ever before. Oh yeah, it also has support for Intel Quick Sync Video, which means that any Windows machine with a 2nd or 3rd Generation Intel Core processor (Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge) can take advantage of hardware accelerated encoding. This combination can lead to as much as 10x speed advantage over our last Converter release (v8). Boom. We’re working on more platforms for acceleration as well, so you’ll see more on this soon.
Convert video for your iOS goodies
Converter also has two new profiles for your iPhones and iPads. We love MKV more than anyone you know, but sometimes...well, you just gotta create an MP4. With hardware accelerated encoding, DivX Plus Converter will do it faster than any other converter on the market, so you can watch that extra episode of...well, totally legal video on your iPad in less time than that other converter product takes to encode it.
Everything is free*
We’ve made more free than ever before, and we couldn’t be more excited about that. Converter is free. DLNA is free. iOS output is free. Hardware acceleration is free. Everything we could afford to make free, is finally, well...free. *Why’d we put an asterisk then? There are some things that cost us a lot of money, and MPEG-2 support is one of them. So when we have to pay a lot, we’ll have to charge a little. That means we will still be selling our MPEG-2/DVD Plug-in for Converter when the final version is launched, but we’ve made everything else as free as can be.
DivX Plus Software
[DivX Plus Software]
Today is a great day! We’ve been working really hard over the last year on the latest version of DivX Software. DivX 8 you ask? Nope. We call it DivX Plus Software even though technically it is version 8. Why? Because it’s leaps and bounds ahead of DivX 7 in a couple of ways:
* It’s completely redesigned from soup to nuts and debuts new format features
* Provides an easy way for users to transfer their videos to DivX devices.
DivX Plus Software truly is the beginning of our vision for what DivX Plus will become as DivX Plus Devices start to hit the market.
DivX Plus Software has a ton of new features, but here’s a sample of some of the things that our Labs community might like:
DivX Plus Web Player 2.0.2
A couple of weeks ago, we gave you Web Player 2.0.1. DivX Plus Software includes 2.0.2, which has many performance improvements over 2.0.1. We think you’ll really like it, give it a shot and let us know what you think.
Free DXVA hardware acceleration
In DivX Plus Software, we’ve taken all of the technology components like the DivX Codec, H.264 filters, and MKV Tech Preview and combined them together into the DivX Plus Codec Pack. One of the best things about the codec pack is that it now includes Free DXVA hardware acceleration for H.264 video. Due to inconsistencies in the DXVA implementation between various graphics cards, we’ve left DXVA off by default. But if you’ve got a graphics card that supports it, open up ‘codec settings’ and turn DXVA on in the ‘Advanced’ tab to let it rip.
DivX Plus Converter – Free MKV
Do you love MKV like we do? MKV is quickly sweeping the globe as the best video format for delivering high quality video through the interwebs. We love it because it does a great job handling amazing quality H.264 video with extra features like multiple audio tracks, subtitle tracks, and multiple videos in a single file. That’s why we’ve chosen MKV as the basis for the DivX Plus HD format.
Back in November, DivX Plus Web Player brought streaming MKV to the web. Now we’ve unleashed DivX Plus Converter on you. In addition to being completely redesigned, DivX Plus Converter now lets you convert your videos to DivX Plus HD for free. That’s right, the new DivX Plus Converter outputs MKV/H.264 absolutely free forever. For DivX/MPEG-4 ASP output it continues to be a 15-day free trial. So, the message pro MKV is loud and clear here… Besides, It it also lets you create DivX Plus videos with advanced features, like authored chapters and smooth fast-forward and rewind. Did I say that it's FREE? Download DivX Plus Software to try it out for yourself.
DivX Plus Player – DivX to Go™
To be perfectly honest, you’ll get a 100% free video converter if you decide to use the new DivX to Go available through the new DivX Plus Player. The engine is the same so the differences reside on that being a more streamlined step-by-step wizard for users to easily spot which DivX Certfied device they have and get the their content to play on the device without having to know anything about profiles and settings.
Divx Player updated to 7.2.0
DivX Player 7.2:
* New Supported Languages
The DivX Player is now localized in Chinese (traditional and simplified) and Brazilian Portuguese
* Fixed an issue to properly detect the correct number of audio channels in a file
Divx Player updated to 7.1.0
* New Skin
The DivX Player has been refreshed with an update to the skin.
* H.264/MKV/AAC playback support
The DivX Player now supports playback of H.264 and MKV files and AAC audio tracks if you have the Media Pack or Proversion.
AAC Decoder updated to 7.1.0
What’s new in the latest DivX Codec 7
HD playback on popular media players
With DivX 7, you can now play your .mkv (H.264/AAC) HD videos from the Internet on popular media players such as Windows Media Player and RealPlayer.
What’s new in the latest DivX Codec 6.8
*Up to 50% faster decoding on multi-core computers for better HD playback
* New custom matrices that allow better fine tuning of the encoder for specific content types
* Compress digital video 5 to 10 times more than MPEG-2/DVD format and hundreds of times over raw digital video
* Encode high-definition (HD) video at resolutions up to 1080p
* Play DivX videos on almost any 3rd party software media player
* Achieve the perfect balance between visual quality and performance with six carefully optimized encoding modes
* Enjoy maximized performance for all multithreaded processors (Intel Core Duo and Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 and Athlon 64 FX)
* Reduce grain and low-light noise (common with DV cameras) without significantly degrading the video with the automated noise reduction feature
What’s new in the latest DivX Codec 6.7
* Support for formal 1080HD profile
* Improved compression for 1080i video
* Support for additional aspect ratios common in HDV, DVCPRO HD and AVCHD
* Easy picture format conversions
* Our fastest ever DivX video decoder
Divx Codec 6.7 beta
Welcome to DivX® Codec 6.7 Beta! We've got a few new high def goodies for you to play with in this version of DivX Codec. First and foremost is support for the DivX 1080HD profile!
The "1080HD Mode", featured in the encoder since DivX Codec 6.4, has been replaced with the official 1080 standard, assuring playback on DivX Certified 1080HD devices. The good news is that this standard forms a feature superset of the original 1080 mode so all of your existing DivX 1080 material should also look great on your new player! So, what's in the feature superset?
Download DivX Codec 6.7 Beta now (3.4MB)
The new 1080HD Profile
One of the new features is the combination of bi-directionally coded frames and interlaced video. Due to limitations in certain chipsets, DivX Codec did not previously allow b-frames and interlace coding to be used together. However, all DivX 1080HD devices will support this pairing, leading to improved compression for 1080i video.
PAR and format conversion
We've also added support for custom pixel aspect ratios, allowing you to take common high-definition formats such as HDV, DVCPRO and AVCHD, and encode them at their native aspects with the appropriate PAR flagged in the video bitstream. Note that this feature requires an 'aware' decoder (e.g. DivX Player or the DivX Video Decoder for DirectShow). For compatibility with generic decoders, it is still best to encode with square pixels. Which leads us on to ...
Format conversion! New in the Video tab of the encoder configuration interface is an easy method of changing the pixel aspect ratio of the video being encoded. If you specify the input PAR and output PAR, then select "Resize to width", the encoder will automatically factor any desired PAR conversion into the resize. The encoder can also compute the output PAR for you if instead you choose to perform a custom resize. You can choose between marking the output video with the closest matching format preset (i.e. Square pixels, PAL 4:3/16:9, NTSC 4:3/16:9) or, if you are using the 1080HD profile, calculating the exact pixel aspect ratio automatically.
Divx Codec 6.6.1
* Experimental search dropdown box is now enabled for CPUs with SSE2
Note: It is not possible to compare this search method with the normal operation of DivX Codec 6.6 or prior. The experimental search does additional work and therefore is naturally slower. We’re enabling it so that comparisons between the Penryn using SSE4 and older processors using the equivalent SSE2 routine are possible.
* The VFW decoder did not render frames for certain bitstreams when post-processing was disabled
* Fixed decoding b-frames for clips with data partitioning
* Fixed a small motion compensation error in b-frames when using quarter pixel estimation
* Fixed a VLD issue that could cause blocks to appear in the decoded picture
* Fixed bitrate resetting to default when changing from Fast 1st pass to Nth pass rate-control mode
* Changed default VBV initial occupancy to 100%
* Workaround for later versions of VirtualDub and derivatives where additional frames were being written to the multipass log file in Fast 1st pass mode
* Fixed handling of forced aspect ratio in DirectShow decoder
- Up to 12% faster decoding for smoother playback
- Over 10% faster encoding in “Insane” mode
- Up to 7% better compression for HD capture in "Fastest" mode
- Experimental support for SSE4 on new Intel Penryn CPUs
DivX 6.5.1 has now been released.
* Fix: Stability of DivX decoder under third-party media players and Windows Explorer
* Fix: Settings in the Decoder Configuration Utility/DivX Settings Manager were not always applied correctly
* Fix: De-interlacing was sometimes enabled when it should not have been
* Fix: The feedback window could crash the encoder when enabled
* Fix: The feedback window could be enabled for Fastest and High Performance modes
* New: For compatibility with applications that do not expect the DirectShow decoder to request the hardware overlay, it is possible to enter application names for which the decoder will not use the hardware overlay in the registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREDivXNetworksDivXExtOverlayExclusions (you may need to create this key). For an example see the SMExclusions key in the same location, which allows the Settings Manager to be disabled on a per-application basis.
*Support for de-interlacing during playback. Supports software de-interlacing if the advanced overaly decoder option is disabled, or hardware de-interlacing (recommended!) if the advanced overlay decoder option is enabled. This is perfect for 1080i, DV, and live capture material that is interlaced, making the motion super smooth and preventing jaggies.
* Support for flagging PAL or NTSC aspects of 4:3 or 16:9 when encoding. The DirectShow decoder will display the correct aspect when the advanced overlay option is enabled (now on by default after installation), so long as your media player supports and appropriate renderer.
* The decoder is over 10% faster (before post-processing), which means lower CPU use/better automatic deblocking levels/less chance of dropped frames when playing high-definition material on slower systems/faster transcode to other profiles.
* Support for Mobile profile (up to 320 x 240 at 30 fps)
* Support for qMobile profile (up to 176 x 144 at 15fps)
* 1080HD encoding mode
* New fast 1st pass rate control mode
* High efficiency resize filters
* Improved support for interlaced video
* Adaptive noise reduction
- New sharpening post-processing feature enhances and sharpens all DivX 3, 4, 5, and 6 video.
- SSE deblocking optimizations
- SSE2 decoding optimizations
- Multithreading performance enhancements for post-processing
* Fix an issue where parts of the picture could turn green when resizing
* Fixed truncation of the term "Psychovisual Enhancement" in the German encoder configuration interface
* Fixed a problem where only two consecutive B-frames were allowed in Unconstrained mode instead of three
* Fixed the decoder failing for bitstreams created by applications that do not correctly handle packed B-frames
* Added an option to toggle checking for updates during playback to the installer component selection dialog
* Fixed reduced performance when resizing is enabled
* Fixed an error when exporting from TMPGEnc
* Fixed a problem where the "Configure" button would sometimes become disabled
DivX 6.2 codec
* The free DivX 6.2 community codec replaces the existing free codec and now offers a larger subset of the advanced features previously available only in DivX Pro
* Adds new performance optimizations for HT, SMP and dual core processors as well as older CPUs
* Introduces a new quality-enhancing psychovisual enhancement mode
* Reduces encoding times by up to 350% compared to DivX 6.0, depending on your system configuration
6.1.1 New in this version
* Fixed a problem where some systems would crash as the Psychovisual Enhancement method was modified in the encoder configuration window.
* Improved B-frame decision.
* Improved rate control for very high bitrates.
* Fixed a problem that caused cropping to reduce performance.
* Fixed an issue where adjusting the VBV_bitrate slider in the Feedback Window would reset the VBV buffer occupancy.
* Improved Japanese encoder translations.
* Fixed a problem where the decoder may fail if both smooth playback and YUV output are enabled in the Decoder Configuration Utility.
* Fixed a post-processing issue in the decoder for multi-threading systems.
* Fixed a handle leak in the decoder.
DivX Player 6.1
* Features a Download Manager that allows you to download multiple videos, pause and resume downloads, and progressively play back video
* Incorporates new Burn-to-Disc functionality so you can burn DivX discs from within the player to watch on certified devices
* Adds a Media Manager so you can organize your DivX videos into collections
DivX Pro 6.1 codec
* Introduces multi-threading support for better performance on HyperThreaded, dual core and dual CPU (SMP) systems
* Adds new optimized encoding modes to balance visual quality and performance
* Improves encoding speed by up to 250% on some systems
DivX 6 for Mac
* Introduces the one step DivX Converter to the Mac platform
* Features advanced encoding settings of the DivX 6 codec
* Adds DivX playback support to QuickTime 7 on Mac OS X 10.4
What's new in DivX 6
DivX® 6 is here and ready to revolutionize the way you play, create and share digital media.
DivX Media Format
DivX 6 introduces the DivX® Media Format with advanced features including:
* Interactive video menus
* XSUB™ subtitles
* Multiple audio tracks
* Chapter points and more
Current DivX® Certified devices will playback DivX 6 files, but will not offer full support for the advanced media features of the DivX Media Format. Devices that offer full support for the DivX Media Format are expected to reach retail shelves in late 2005.
* Provides easy, one-step encoding of virtually any file to high-quality DivX video
* Produces DivX media files with advanced interactive features
* Requires no special knowledge of video codecs
The DivX Converter™ is included in the DivX Create Bundle.
* Features the latest DivX decoder for enhanced quality and performance
* Integrates support for DivX media file playback
* Incorporates enhanced HD playback capability
The DivX Player™ is included in both the DivX Create Bundle and DivX Play Bundle.
* Offers up to 40% better quality and compression than the DivX 5 codec.
* Features enhanced playback performance and quality
* Adds DivX media file playback support to all popular media players
The DivX® codec is included in all DivX bundles. The DivX Pro™ codec is included in the DivX Create Bundle.
Version 5.2 released 2004-07-15
Localized versions for French, German and Japanese
Bi-directional coding using an adaptive method
Fully adaptive multiple consecutive B-frames
MPEG-2/H.263 quantization choice
Built-in bitrate calculator
Update checking tool
Automatic update notification for the DivX encoder
Fast mode, revamped for better performance, compression and quality
Feedback mode which is now multithreaded, taking advantage of HyperThreaded or dual CPU for better efficiency
3 point GMC support in the DivX decoder
"Slowest" mode removed as the quality differential with "Slow" mode was insignificant, yet the performance differential was massive
DivX Pro Adware bundle replaced by DivX Pro 6-month free trial
Smooth playback supporting multiple consecutive B-frames
Quantizer, now using quant scale in video packets
A rare issue where rate control sometimes inserted Q=31 frames in video combining low light conditions, high bitrate and specific motion patterns
Fastest mode to respect the user-specified average bitrate (Old "Fastest" behavior can be obtained by disabling profiles and performing 1-Pass, Quality-based encoding with Q=3)
A crash occurring in some rare cases with clips that have dimensions divisible only by 2 and use YUY2 color mode
Black screen when decoding old buggy MPEG-4 clips that lack VOL header
Internal flush operation with "Smooth playback" feature
Intra inverse quantization (type 1)
Support for generic MPEG-4 (XVID and 3ivX)
Data partitioning clip
Deblocking to no longer cause solid blocks to appear during playback
DivX decoder to always play DivX video
Version 5.1.1 released 2003-11-19
Support for generic MP4 FourCC codes which can be enabled/disabled in the DirectShow configuration dialog box.
Psychovisual modeling disabled by default.
Cosmetic GUI changes have been made to avoid confusion when using MV reuse and specific performance modes.
Deinterlacing is back in the Standard codec.
Added bottom field first encoding.
Smoother DivX logo fade.
DivX 5.1.1 encoder is up to 112% faster (standard mode) than 5.1 (up to 30% faster than 5.05).
Standard mode is 105% faster than 5.1.
The Quality produced by "Fastest" has been significantly improved.
Blinking bottom line in "fastest" mode fixed.
Fixed issues with capture applications.
Various Cosmetic CLI fixes.
New CLI option "-tff" for "top field first".
Resolved a severe performance hit when using the Deringing mode in Postprocessing.
DirectShow filter property page had a cosmetic issue caused by using large fonts (120dpi).
Avoids buffer overruns with extremely small picture sizes (less than 80x32).
Fixed a bug caused by "Auto Post-processing" and SMP/HyperThreading CPUs.
Issue with n B frames and Deblocking fixed.
Version 5.1 released 2003-09-02
Added a new high-quality psychovisual mode that includes the following features:.
Texture cortex masking and rate distortion algorithm.
Hybrid mode (with texture cortex masking).
Chroma operation (this option is not enabled by default for performance reasons; to enable it, create an empty file in C: called "DivxPvShapingChroma.txt" for "fast" mode and "DivxPvSimpleChroma.txt" for slow mode; testing shows only 1-2% gains in JND tests).
The decoder has been rearchitected and is now 10 to 30% faster on all CPU platforms.
The decoder now supports automatic post-processing during video playback.
Added new features to the rate control modes of the encoder, including:.
A complexity vector log file.
An API that allows real-time control of rate control.
An API that allows forced I-frame insertion.
Redesigned encoder GUI. The new GUI is more accessible and simplifies overall usage.
DivX 3 compatibility. (There were no problems detected on any of the more than 60 hours of test content.).
Performance of Nth Pass strategy planning performance.
A bug that caused the quantizer to overshoot the bitrate following a transition to a complex scene.
A bug that limited the interframe change in quantizer to the ideal quantizer or plus or minus 2.
A bug in RGB32 to YUV conversion on Pentium 4 machines.
A minor bug that affected multiple CPU configuration.
A bug with the rate control video buffer verifier (VBV) that would enforce a "3 sec" max bitrate.
Several bugs that affected Nth Pass encoding strategy planning.
A bug that caused a different number of frames to be reported between different passes in VirtualDub.
A bug that caused motion vector (MV) reuse to be non-functional.
A bug that caused problems when MV reuse and psychovisual mode were used together.
Several bugs with the installer.
A bug that caused a crash when setting crop/resize values.
Version 5.0.5 released 2003-04-24
A bug that would cause the codec to encode every frame as an I-Frame when used with certain applications (e.g., AVIUtil, DVD2AVI, and some video capture applications).
Version 5.0.4 released 2003-04-17
The new RC doesn't use Q=1 frames anymore.
No stuffing used, bitrate can be too low in some extreme cases.
Strategy planning for rate control is much faster now.
Better tracking of the planned RC strategy creating more consistent quality.
K6-2 CPU related crash resolved.
Not able to change Bitrate Modulation through CLI field.
During 1 pass quality-based, Quantizer can now be set to 1 with CLI.
Multiple error windows no longer open upon entering wrong bitrate modulation option.
'Max Keyframe Interval' no longer accepts negative values.
Multiple error windows no longer open upon entering wrong CLI option.
In the Quick Config CLI field, 'Enable Resize' was taking invalid options.
Fixed CLI inconsistencies when "Restore codec's default" is pressed.
Max bitrate and encoding bit rate(average) was displayed same.
Fixed hitting tab in the CLI field to enable 'Use Bidirectional Encoding'.
Fixed: remove -w in the Quick Config CLI field, 'Update Log file' option is not getting deselected.
When 'Psychovisual Enhancements' value is set to 4, in the Quick Config CLI field, mismatch in slider and label options.
1 Pass and Nth Pass? undersized file should be fixed.
Certain dark sequences would produce a long period of frames using a Quantizer of 31.
Psychovisual Enhancement field sometimes displayed "Custom" instead of Light when unselected.
"Do not prompt with errors and warnings" would select itself when random characters were entered in the CLI after the "-key" option .
When "-d 3" option was entered in the CLI field, "Source interlace" became blank.
Max bitrate would not update at times. .
DirectShow decoder postprocessing slider became disabled with ATI radeon 9700 Graphics card .
DirectShow decoder would "fast forward" when seeking backwards. This could cause synch issues when re-encoding DivX Files using the DivX Decoder Filter.
Various cosmetic fixes in the Encoder GUI
Do not prompt Error unchecked as default fixed.
Light Psychovisual enabled itself automatically when exiting the CLI field.
Max bitrate reset itself to x10 the average when going in the "profile" tab.
MPEG-4 "type Indicator" correctly set according to selected encoding parameters.
No more green first frame at very high bitrates.
Decoder updates the display to the appropriate frame when seeking.
Decoder remembers the postprocessing settings.
Fixed some memory leaks related to Psychovisual and Nth Pass? mode.
Nth Pass? RC is tweaked to minimize the usage of high quantizer.
Nth Pass? doesn't create an empty frames at the beginning of the clip.
Brightness/Saturation sliders now working correctly.
Version 5.0.3 released 2003-01-24
Support for interlaced video in the decoder. Preserving the interlaced fields of interlaced video may sometimes result in better video quality during playback.
New de-ringing post-processing algorithm. The new algorithm improves the perceived video quality during playback. It is activated when the post-processing level is set to Level 6.
Video Buffer Verifier (VBV) model (one and two pass encoding). The VBV ensures that the maximum peak bit rate never exceeds either the user's inputted "maximum peak" bit rate value or/and ensures that the encoded stream never violates the buffer of an MPEG-4 compliant decoder. This helps to prevent decoding failure in both hardware and software where memory may be limited yet compliant to the MPEG-4 standard as defined in ISO/IEC 14496-2:2001(E). In order for DivX video to be successfully delivered over a restricted channel in real time to a decoder, the encoder's rate control must ensure that the decoder's buffer is not violated. When this is done properly, then overflow and underflow will never occur and the encoder is said to be "VBV compliant." It makes no difference whether the video is encoded in 1-pass or many, in real-time or offline. It is the encoder's rate control that must ensure compliance. There are three main requirements of a VBV-compliant rate control algorithm, in order of importance:
VBV compliance. When VBV parameters are specified (size, initial occupancy, channel characteristics) the rate control should avoid producing video that is in danger of violating the decoder's buffer. Bitstream stuffing may be used in extreme cases to prevent overflow in true CBR systems. Underflow must be prevented by increasing frame quantiser or by dropping frames.
Target bitrate. We aim to meet the user's requirements as accurately as possible here. This is directly related to filesize.
Good-looking video. Rate control should aim to produce the subjectively best quality video given other constraints. Consistency is important here as changes in quality are very noticeable and video is often judged by the worse quality segment in the whole sequence.
Nth Pass? encoding. Another new addition to the rate control arsenal, Nth Pass? encoding takes advantage of information available from previous analysis (or analyses) of the video sequence. Nth Pass encoding uses information garnered from previous passes through the video sequence, which can improve quality with each pass. There are four main steps to Nth Pass encoding:
Analysis (the first pass).
Map generation (where the results of analyses are processed).
Strategy generation (strategist examines map of the video sequence and creates a strategy that will best achieve the three VBV RC requirements).
In-loop nth pass rate control (uses information from the map and strategy to effect rate control that best fulfills the three requirements).
Support for DivX Certified Profiles. With the new DivX Certification program, DivXNetworks is enabling third parties to create "DivX Certified" products that are rigorously tested and fully compatible with the entire suite of DivX? video technologies. There are four levels of official DivX Certified video products: Handheld Video Devices, Portable Video Devices, Home Theater Video Devices and High Definition Video Devices. These levels quickly and clearly communicate what type and size of DivX video are supported on the certified device. Now, when you encode video, you have the option to force your video to comply with one of the DivX Certified Profiles to ensure that your video will play back properly on certified products.
DivX Decoder verification logo. There is a new semi-transparent DivX Logo that will appear by default for a few seconds any time you use the DivX decoder to watch a DivX video. This instantly lets you know you're watching a true DivX? video. You can turn the display of the logo on or off in the codec properties dialog.
New internal application programming interface (API). The internal API of the codec was changed to better accommodate integration with third party partners. This only affects you if you are a DivX licensee and are working directly with the DivX object code. The external API (e.g., DirectShow, etc.) remains unchanged.
The motion estimation algorithm is better optimized for High Definition resolutions (up to 1080p, or 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.
The pre-processing performance is now improved with with the IYUY 4:2:0 color space.
Removed MP4creator and the MPEG-4 file output option due to some compliance issues. This will return in our next release once these issues are resolved.
Removed the Intelligent IVTC functionality due to persistent problems caused by lack of variable frame rate file format support. This technology will be back soon in a new form.
Changed the block skipping threshold for high quantizers, which improves visual quality when high quantizers are used.
Fixed a bunch of little cosmetic bugs in the DirectShow decoder properties page.
Fixed a bug where the last P frame before an I frame was not displayed when Smooth Playback was selected.
Fixed a practically unnoticeable YUV->RGB16 color conversion rounding bug.
Fixed a bug that was the cause of some of VirtualDub's "Cannot Start Video Compression" errors.
Fixed a few issues with DivX 3.11 compatibility.
Modified the decoder to deal with a bug in the old OpenDivX encoder that set the scalability bit incorrectly in certain cases. The DivX decoder can now detect this problem and play the content properly.
Fixed a problem where some rounding operations were not done toward zero, as is required by section 7.4 of the spec. This fixed an intra case in MPEG-2 inverse quantization.
Fixed a bug where some frames would be corrupted by an out-of-range error.
Fixed several rounding issues related to MMX/SSE/SSE2 optimizations.
Fixed an MMX bug in RGB32 color conversion.
Version 5.0.2 released 2002-05-16
Added several new options to the codec properties dialog that allow users to tweak settings for smoother playback and improved support for some video cards.
Added a "Smooth Playback" option. Turning this off will allow B-frame encoded content to playback with lower CPU usage. However, enabling this option will introduce a 1 frame delay in the decoder (because of buffering), which may cause the last frame of the video to not be displayed.
Added a "YUV Extended" mode option. When selected, the codec will attempt to use YV12 mode to decode the video. This is the fastest way to decode DivX content, but the drawback is that brightness/contrast/saturation controls cannot be used in this mode and are disabled.
Added an "Overlay Extended" mode. Selecting this will cause the filter to try to display video using the hardware overlay instead of the software overlay. The hardware overlay is much faster, but may not be supported on some video cards. When this mode is enabled, DirectShow-based player applications will be unable to open more than one window at a time.
Added a "Double Buffering" option. Enabling this will force the video card to allocate a second buffer for the video playback. This will increase the smoothness of the video playback, but may not be supported on low-end video cards with less than 8 MB of RAM.
Added a "Film Effect" option. This is a warming filter that when enabled will add film noise to the decoded picture. This may increase the perceived visual quality of the picture, especially if you are used to watching film. It's a personal preference, however, so use it if you want.
Added a hidden "Force Color Mode" control. You can manually set the registry key "HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareDivXNetworksForce Color Mode" in the Windows Registry and assign it a number from 1 to 7. This will force the video card to use a particular color mode, depending upon the value. This is only necessary in rare circumstances to solve video card problems. Supported color modes:
The default psychovisual modeling settings are tweaked slightly. This should decrease blockiness in black regions and flat areas in the video content.
Optimized the decoder so that it more consistently plays back video, particularly on lower-end CPUs. (A P-III 466 MHz machine can play real-time, 640x480 video with B-frames and GMC at 80% CPU load.).
Fixed a lot of memory leaks in the encoder. This should prevent the codec from slowing down gradually during a long encode.
Version 5.0.1 encoded 7% slower than 5.0. DOH! Not sure how that happened. This has been fixed and version 5.0.2 is as fast as version 5.0.
Fixed a problem where the trace_b.txt log file would be written out during encodes which would take up significant disk space. The log file is no longer written.
Fixed a problem where the MP4 Creator would not work on files that included B-frames. The MP4 Creator should now work with all DivX 5.x files.
Fixed a bug where the right macroblock would not be displayed with the custom brightness/contrast settings. This would cause a dark or light "band" of video on the right side of the screen.
Fixed a bug that would cause playback problems when the seek bar was moved back and forth quickly. This same bug some cause bad frames to be displayed at the beginning of some content when playing back video in Windows Media Player. This should no longer happen.
Fixed a bug where the "Decoder Configuration" application would crash when run on Windows 98. The application should now run properly. (Yes, we know we said we fixed this in 5.0.1, but we really fixed it this time.).
Version 5.0.1 released 2002-04-09
Psychovisual modeling enhancements now reallocate saved bits in an improved manner, meaning the psychovisual modeling mode will produce better visual quality.
Improved the workaround for a DirectShow bug that causes the requested bitrate to not be respected by the codec during one-pass encoding. This affects applications (such as video capture applications) that use the DivX DirectShow interface to access the codec. This problem is due to a bug in DirectShow, not in DivX itself, but we have a workaround that should solve the problem.
Fixed a bug where the divx.dll library would not decode DivX 3.x content properly. This affected applications like VirtualDub that use the VfW interface to use DivX. The problems this caused, such as blank frames, are now fixed.
Fixed a bug where basic deinterlace functionality would cause the codec to crash on Pentium 4 processors.
Fixed a problem where using data paritioning and psychovisual modeling together would produce severe visual artifacts. These settings can now be used together.
Fixed an issue where encoding content with resolutions not divisible by 16 would cause purple and pink artifacts to appear in the encoded content. These artifacts no longer appear. You can now encode content that has resolutions divisible by 4 or 8, however we still strongly recommend encoding only content with resolutions divisible by 16, as the 4 and 8 dimensions will not encode as efficiently. (There remains a known issue about resolutions divisible by 2.)
Fixed a bug where the DirectShow filter would not use the overlay properly with Matrox Millennium video cards on Windows 2000. It now works properly.
Version 5.0 released 2002-03-04
Initial public version of DivX 5.0.
Compatibility with all versions of DivX video content. DivX 5.0 can play every version of DivX video ever created, from prior to 3.11 alpha to the brand new DivX Pro 5.0.
AMD optimizations. Version 5.0 is fully optimized for AMD Athlon and Athlon XP processors, meaning AMD owners can see performance speedups of up to 20%.
Improved encoding and decoding performance. We've also optimized the encoding and decoding algorithms across the board, improving performance for all users. Double Real Time encoding is possible on modern hardware, and Triple Real Time encoding is possible on two processor systems. Version 5.0 can even decode 1080p high-definition video content in real time.
Faster two-pass encoding. We've tweaked the way two-pass encoding works. The second pass now uses more data from the first pass, making the second pass up to 30% faster than DivX 4.12.
Smaller file sizes. All the new encoding features of DivX 5.0 mean you can expect equivalent visual quality at about 15-20% smaller file sizes.
MPEG-4 compatibility. DivX 5.0 can decode MPEG-4 Simple Profile, MPEG-4 Advanced Simple Profile, and H.263 video (all levels). It is also able to encode fully MPEG-4 Simple Profile compliant video (ISO/IEC 14496-2).
DivX? MPEG-4 file format. This version of DivX introduces a brand new MPEG-4 based file format that replaces the venerable AVI. No more audio/video synchronization problems, and no more 2 GB file limit.
Advanced support for existing encoding applications. All the new features of DivX 5.0 work in today's existing content creation and encoding applications. You don't even need new versions of the applications! So continue using Adobe Premiere, VirtualDub, or whatever is your application of choice.
Reusable encoding profiles. Version 5.0 allows you to save profiles of encoding settings and reuse them over and over. You can also trade encoding profiles with other users.
Quick configuration CLI. DivX 5.0 includes a command line interface for advanced users that gives an extra level of control over encoding parameters.
Patent-pending rate control algorithm. This new version of DivX introduces a new and improved rate control algorithm. It just makes things look better, okay? If you want to know more, read the help file or what's new sections.
Improved encoding algorithms. We've introduced special encoding algorithms that are specifically tuned to pans, fades, zooms, explosions, etc. With DivX 5.0, you should see visual quality improvements on these types of special scenes.
Psychovisual modeling. The coolest new feature of DivX 5.0 is psychovisual modeling, and advanced technique that takes into account knowledge about how the Human Visual System (HVS) works to compress moving video images into much smaller sizes without a loss of video quality. Expect up to 20% smaller file sizes from using this feature.
Universal architecture. Create once, play anywhere. The universal VfW/ACM/QT architecture of DivX makes it possible to playback exactly the same file on a variety of different operating systems and applications.
Mac OS Support. For the first time, a publicly available codec on Mac OS can decode MPEG-4 Simple Profile and MPEG-4 Advanced Simple Profile video.
Scalable. DivX video has been test on and can work on a wide range of video bitrates, from 28 Kbps to 9 Mbps, depending upon your encoding needs.
New DivX Player 2.0 Alpha. A brand new DivX Player application, complete with MPEG-4 file format support and a spiffy new skin system, is ready for your perusal.
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DivX may be the pioneer in this video compression game but I have been disappointed with the resulting videos.
I am extremely happy with xvid mpeg4 codec. I am from the photographiy field and always look for edge definition, overall sharpness + visible details in shadow areas. Something sadly lacking in any version of Divx.
Only saving grace is that my DivX certified standalone dvd player does accommodate xvid + ac3 rips.
Divx is dead..Too many free tools out there that do a better job at h264 encoding..Also it doesn't support files with vc-1 encoding..Very slow on my dual core compared to the freebies..I used to use divx religiously..Oh well, time to move on to bigger and better things..
No offense to people that actually pay for this, but DivX just jumped on the whole HD MKV bandwagon a few years late. HD H.264 decoding in mkv format has been around for years already via haali media splitter + ffdshow and for FREE at that. There are dozens of better, more mature tools to convert HD content into an MKV container with AAC audio that are once again, absolutely FREE. But, if this software fits your purposes then I don't see why one shouldn't use it.
Divx Pro is the best of the best. Radical improvement in version 6.
First think some ding dong said that Dr. Divx is dead. No Dr. Divx is more alive than ever and is not open source. It was just updated to work with the newest version of Divx, 6.8. It is handled by SourceForge and can be downloaded at the Divx Labs site at http://labs.divx.com/DrDivXDownload. For the new Windows version that used the latest Divx 6.8, download Dr.DivX OSS 2.0.1 Beta 6.
Enormous flexibility with menus and resizing, as well as better encoding speed. I personally like to encode it using VirtualDub and select the 1 pass Quality mode and a quantizer from 2 to 4, depending on how much I care about the quality.
The PRO package is all of 19.95 (it is nice to see programmers get paid something), but there are promotions all of the time. Plus, if you encode and put a Divx video in a web site and use the tiny, but incredible Divx Web Player, you will get the Pro package for Free.
The Divx Web Player 1.4 allows for HD video from your web site. There is a section in Divx labs that will create code for you to add into your web site.
I play Divx all of the time on my stand alone cheapee Philips stand alone DVD player.
More and more DVD players are divx certified or Ultra Divx certified.
The videos I encode that I play on my TV (with the stand alone player), keep getting crisper, as newer versions come out.
Make sure you check out the Divx Labs sections for some cool tools that some of tghe community has created, as well as advanced releases.
Overall, I find this to be a great tool. However, I can understand why people will find it bloated, as I too find it bloated. It would be nice if DivX provided individual installers for each component. I am aware that you can choose what to install, but it would be nice if one could simply download the components they desired. Also, I find it a little frustrating that I must download the entire DivX suite whenever an update is available, even though only one or two components have actually changes.
The only other snag with DivX is that it calculates a Mb as 1000 kb, whereas XviD calculates a Mb as 1024 kb. This has led to numerous DVDs being the wrong DVD size.
But despite that, it is still a very good, and fully integrated tool, and even better when used with DivX Author or TDA 3 with DivX Authoring.
The latest version has excellent encoding speed if you use the built in profiles accessed with the settings button. It also has profiles for video capture at 640x480 and 640x352 which are excellent and work well with my PIV 2.4GHz.
The letterboxed 16:9 profiles trim the black borders automatically-which may give unwanted results. All the profiles resize the video to size specified in profile-the resizing is much faster than the inbuilt virtualdub filter.
It has a built in kbps calculator.
A tip-you can get away with much lower kbps than in specific profile if you change encoding speed from standard to slow-the compression improves dramatically-and this is with single pass (the profiles are all single pass)-with two pass slow speed encoding -you can use about 50 % of the kbps specified in profile for PC watching.
Finally and most important, there is no adware version-the pro version has a 6 month(!) trial.
I just updated the DivX coded to version D5.1.1 and was most annoyed to see that it also installs Gator, one of the worst of adware/spyware apps there is! Be sure to scan your dive with Ad-Aware or Spybot after installing anything from DivX! Gator is pure junk!
DivX 5.0.5 is truly an excellent MPEG-4 based codec and one that is coming into maturity.
The quality is excellent for bitrate, and DivX Networks has finally created a Certification Program for hardware manufactureres (so DivX clips encoded at certain specs will be guaranteed playback).
With the advanced features like GMC, Q-Pel and multiple B frames, you can achieve the same quality with even a lower bitrate (20-25% less), however, you must use either the ad-ware supported version of the codec or purchase DivX Pro. If you find those features useful, I suggest supporting DivX Networks by purchasing DivX Pro rather than using the adware version.
However, as the Certification Program does not require hardware manufacturers to support these advanced encoding features, I don't recommend their use either. On the eve of DivX Certified players, I strongly suggest that you keep your DivX clips in the "cerfied" range. Because of hardware support, and platform support over Windows, Linux and MacOS X, I highly recommend DivX over RM, WMV or QT.
Posted August 09, 2003 by vitualis.
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