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DivX - The Present and Future

DivX technology was first introduced to the public about 3 years ago, and at that time the technology was designed for the video especially for video enthusiasts. Aside from the "average" video quality, users were generally not very impressed with DivX technology, because it consumed a lot of computer processing power and the format was not supported by the majority of home entertainment devices. Yet more recently this situation has started to change.

First, lets recap the main principle behind DivX and its current status. Basically, it uses MPEG-4 compression technology, so that it can compress video files at the highest compression rate and make them small enough so they can be more easily transferred via the Internet. The video playback quality is somewhere between MPEG-2 (DVD format) and MPEG-1 (VCD). As for the Audio quality, it is based on MP3 standard compression.

Lets look at what's new and exciting for DivX in 2003

  1. Support for home entertainment devices:
    For example video game consoles, living room video playback devices and many other entertainment devices will offer DivX playback features. As well many DVD playback software, like CyberLink's PowerDVD 5, now also supports video playback in DivX file format. For more information on DivX optional plug-in for PowerDVD, please click here.
     
  2. Better encoding and decoding tools
    According to the official DivX website, the 5.X version will offer up to 3 times the encoding/ decoding speed of the 4.X version, which will help to save precious time. As well, DivX now support the latest CPUs, so the computer can more quickly process playback, editing and output functions.
     
  3. Rich Website contents
    On the official DivX website, anyone can now download movies and/or trailers in DivX format, and it only takes about half the time of downloading them in MPEG format.
     
  4. Better Video Quality
    Apart from the superb encoding technology, VGA card makers (such as ATI with their Radeon 9700) now fully support video optimization for DivX.

In addition to these facts, more and more software will provide video editing feature support for DivX, such as CyberLink PowerDirector Pro which allows you to import and export DivX video files*. This way, already produced DivX video clips can be edited again simply by importing the clips via PowerDirector Pro's media import feature.

So, what we can see here is that DivX has gradually moved away from the "enthusiast" only crowd and is moving into the average home, providing users another option for video entertainment, apart from the DVD(MPEG-2) and VCD (MPEG-1) video formats. With the advancements in PC hardware and software, video production using DivX is now much easier and faster than ever before. Soon, almost everyone will be able to edit and produce DivX videos at home, and then publish them on the web for family and friends, or produce a movie disc to play on any video playback device. The DivX era has truly arrived!

*Note: PowerDirector Pro version 2.5 requires the download of a free DivX codec to import and output DivX video files.

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