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DivX Codec Updates to Version 6.7 Beta

Posted by: , 00:20 AEST, Tue August 28, 2007

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The DivX codec is the standard for high quality video, it is known for its superior visual quality and small file size
DivX Pro™ provides advanced features and tools designed for discerning videophiles looking to squeeze the highest quality possible from their DivX® video files. DivX Pro offers up to 40% better compression than DivX 5 and includes integrated playback support for all the groundbreaking features of the DivX® Media Format.

DivX 6 introduces the DivX Media Format. DivX Media Format allows you to watch DivX videos (including DivX VOD movies) with advanced interactive features on your PC such as video menus, subtitles and alternate audio tracks.

The DivX Create Bundle also comes with DivX Converter™, allowing you to convert nearly any digital video into a DivX® media file in one easy step with its simple ‘drag and drop’ functionality. The DivX Converter includes an optional MPEG-2/DVD plug-in for an additional fee.

In addition, both bundles include The DivX Player. The DivX Playerâ„¢ is capable of playing every DivX file ever created, with integrated support for advanced features of the DivX Media Format and special enhancements for high definition (HD) playback, providing the ideal way to enjoy all your DivX videos.

DivX Pro is available to purchase as part of the DivX Create Bundle, and comes with a massive 6 months trial period. DivX Converter comes with a 15-day trial period. Neither are necessary for DivX playback, and if you are not interested in DivX conversion, it is recommended that you download and install the completely free DivX Play Bundle.

DivX Create Bundle:
    The DivX Create bundle offers all the tools necessary to create and play DivX videos with groundbreaking interactive features.

  • Convert nearly any video to a DivX video file
  • Create videos with advanced interactive features
  • Playback all DivX video files including video-on-demand titles
DivX Play Bundle:
    The DivX Play Bundle gives you everything you need to start watching high-quality DivX videos, including DivX® Video-on-Demand movies. All the tools in DivX Play are also available in DivX Create.

  • Playback all DivX video, including DivX® media files
  • Add DivX playback support to your existing media player
  • Rent and purchase high-quality DivX Video-on-Demand titles

The official change log for version 6.7 Beta is as follows:
  • 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.

    You may download this updated version here.


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