What is DivX?

DivX is based on the MPEG-4 compression format. MPEG-4 is a new standard of video compression that is both high quality and low bitrate. They are usually only a fraction (around 15%) of the size of a standard DVD, even at 640x480 resolutions, making them the best home video format thus far. They only take half the time to encode, and yet at the same time is smaller in size than MPEG-1 - due to their incredible compression technology - some have even called MPEG-4 the "MP3 of the video world". Quality ranges from net-streaming quality to DVD and better !!

Why is this site using DivX?

We have been using it for nearly a year for archive purposes. There are many forms of video out there on the net. Usually big and taking forever to download or stream in less than stellar quality. Although it's only now beginning to move out of the underground and closer to the mainstream, DivX simply brings the best video quality to you at a fraction of the size. We want to be able to provide more higher quality videos, in larger screen sizes, in less time and space on your computer. It's not for the novice but the process is really quite simple if you follow these instructions carefully. If you can handle mp3's, you can handle this.

What do I need to do if I don't have it on my system?

It's as simple as downloading the codec below (in step number two) and then using your Windows Media Player to view the clips. The only catch is the version that you need to be using.

DivX Installation Instructions :

  1. Before you get to install the DivX codec, please make sure you have the software titles listed in the "required software" section below installed and running

  2. Download and run the executable above. It should install several files into a directory (of your choice) - the default is "C:\program files\DivX_311alpha"

  3. It should also have created a folder called "DivX ;-) MPEG-4 Video Codec" in your Start menu's Programs folder (see below). You need to run the "Run me First !!" shortcut located in this folder (see below) prior to using the DivX codec - this shortcut will register the DivX codec files with your system software

    Run me first !!

  4. The DivX codec is now installed and you can then use Windows Media Player to playback the DivX AVI file. Alternatively, you can use one of the DivX players listed on this page

  5. Note: The DivX codec is designed in Windows 9x and NT environments only. It does not work with Windows Media Player 7.0, and hence, won't work in Windows Me unless you install Windows Media Player 6.4 on it (uninstalls Windows Media Player 7).

Required software :

Microsoft DirectX and DXMedia
Microsoft Media Player 6.4



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