DivX is brand of video codec products which is one of the video technology developed by DivX, LLC in 1999 and its headquarter is located in San Diego, California, USA. The DivX codec is notable the ability of compressing the lengthy video segments into small memory sizes while maintaining relatively high visual quality as well. There are three DivX codecs namely, the original MPEG-4 Part 2 DivX codec, the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC DivX Plus HD codec and the High Efficiency Video Coding DivX HEVC HD codec. It is one of the several codecs commonly associated with ripping whereas audios and videos are transferred to a hard disk and are transcoded.
DivX Media Format features interactive video menus, multiple subtitles and audio tracks and multiple videos streams and formats, chapter points, other meta data, partial backwards compatibility with AVI are some add on features for DivX. This new DivX media format has also came with a add on DivX ultra certified profile and all the Ultra certified players must support all the DivX media format features for sure without failing. While video encoded with the DivX codec is an MPEG-4 video stream. The DivX media format is an analogous to the media container formats such as of Apple’s Quicktime player. In that way the media formats such as DVD specify the MPEG-2 video as a part of their specification too. The DivX media format specifies MPEG-4-compatible video as a part of its main specification. However despite of the use of the “.divx” extension to this format is an extension to the AVI file format also. The methods of including subtitles tracks and multiple audio involves the storing of data in RIFF headers such that even Virtual dub mod supports them too. Also DivX codec and Dr. DivX tools still support the traditional method of creating the standard files of AVI.
For a file type using Matroska media container format rather than the DivX media format has the marketing name as DivX Plus HD. DivX Plus HD files consists of H.264 video bitstream, AAC sound audio and a number of XML based attachments which define the chapters and subtitles and even metadata too. DivX’s version of digital rights management is DivX Video on Demand which allows the copyright holders of the content to be distributed in a controlled way.
DivX Plus for Windows was released on 16 March 2010, which is a suit of software which contains DivX codec for Microsoft Windows as a media player, video converter and also as media player pulg-in for web browsers. DivX Plus Player was made by Project Mayo team, which later on became as DivX, Inc. DivX is also featured in DivX Plus Player so as to go as an additional panel to the interface towards the right side with four buttons targeting consumer electronic devices. When one of the video files is dragged onto the icons by the user then a transfer in wizard is invoked and which lets the user to through the steps needed in converting and transferring a video file that is compatible with their DivX certified device via USB or an optical disc. Also this software acts as one the main interface of the video contents to be played because they remained as the trust worthy software so even as web pulg-ins these softwares are kept.
The DivX Plus Converter of updated version 8 is a dramatically changed interface from its predecessor especially. The former version had a small round interface, which allows very little more than selecting the type of output of the video such and displays just the number of videos in the queue; whereas DivX Plus Converter contains a higher interface which contains a large window which in turn exposes each video which are added in the queue with individual drop down options like size, audio, subtitles, video format etc so as to make the conversion of each and every file added to the queue could get convertions and we get them done under one operation and as a whole all the files get converted individually. Another user friendly change is while both the previous and DivX Plus versions are with 15-day trial packs then the users of the DivX Plus Converter still allows to create DivX Plus HD files for free even after the trial period is complete. DivX Plus Converter can convert AVI, MP4, QuickTime Video, Windows Media Video, AVCHD, RMVB, DivX Plus HD format files. This can also convert the DivX Media Format and also the input supported range will be extended to support the MPEG, MPEG-2, DVD and CD videos on the purchase of the DivX Pro license. The upgrade to the DivX Community Codec is the DivX Plus Codec Pack which enables the playback of MPEG-4 ASP and H.264 videos. The codec pack is no longer offered as the main DivX bundle after the release of the DivX software in 2014.
DivX Plus Web Player is formerly known as DivX Web Player and DivX Browser Plug-in, which is a popular web browser plug-in for playing embedded videos on web pages on various browsers like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Safari which in turn supports DivX, AVI, Matroska video formats. A public beta of the Web Player called DivX HiQ, was introduced on September 2, 2010 with the special features of supporting for the replacing the web video with DivX HiQ instead of the Adobe Flash Player on video portals like Youtube, Dailymotion etc and with the hardware accelerated video decoding of the H.264 bitstreams in the DivX Plus web player for Windows.
On May 25, 2006 DivX Player for Mac was first introduced with DivX 6.5 which plays DivX encoded files and DivX Media Format DivX Plus HD compatible files like .mkv files encoded with H.264 video and AAC audio also and now it’s currently upgraded version is 9.1.2. A burn engine or a utility for moving videos to USB is not included in the DivX Player for Mac.