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Is the DivX codec any good?

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July 04, 2008, 09:59 AM
DigiMike
Is the DivX codec any good?
Is it any where near the claims made for it my its DivX, Inc?

Its web page says: "DivX is the name of a popular new video compression technology developed by DivX, Inc. The format was developed to enable users to play and create high-quality videos in a fast and convenient way, while still maintaining the best quality possible. The DivX codec is currently the most popular MPEG-4 based codec because of its quality, speed and efficiency as well as the wide range of DVD players that support DivX."
December 27, 2008, 04:53 PM
arrakian
I could be mistaken, but I think this Divx is the same Divx that came out years ago with "disposable" DVDs. They tried to get consumers to buy a disc at a lower price that had a "time limit" on viewing after initializing. They failed to catch on.

That could be the reason they are in a lot of DVD players- being a prior manufacturer. Since their codec is MPEG 4, I doubt they are any better than QuickTime. I have seen both and can't call a winner.

I think it's popularity claims are based on it being cross-platform like QuickTime, but mainly written for, and having better support on Windows.


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December 27, 2008, 05:40 PM
Jack Beckman
It is the same in name only. This Divx has nothing to do with the disposable one.

Divx makes smaller files with about the same quality as H.264.


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December 28, 2008, 03:38 AM
arrakian
How do they make smaller file sizes than QuickTime when they both use H.264?


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December 28, 2008, 08:35 AM
Dave
It's not H.264 but relatively close in quality to H.264, which is why the size is smaller.


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December 28, 2008, 09:16 AM
Jack Beckman
Don't confuse MP4 with H.264. H.264 is one of the many variants of MP4.


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