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Basic DivX Questions

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by kelvin, Jul 3, 2003.

  1. kelvin

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    Ok, I've been hearing a lot about the whole "DiVX" thing, and thought I'd try giving it a go... thing is, I don't have the faintest idea where to start :confused:

    So... how about a quick FAQ for a newbie?!? ;)

    1) What do I need?
    2) How do I get it?
    3) What can I do?
    4) Can I playback using my existing software (e.g. WMP9?)
    5) What are the main advantages of DivX over other similar formats?

    Along with anything else that may prove useful :)

    Just after a reasonable platform to start off of - who knows, it may even help some others... ;)

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    http://www.divx.com/divx/

    Choose this one (no ads)

    http://download.divx.com/divx/DivX505Bundle.exe

    In the installation process-you don't need the divx player, so de-select it.

    It's a codec... once it's installed you won't know it's there.. you just play a divx movie in media player and it'll just play, like a normal AVI.

    Load up a P2P program and search for divx, it'll bring up hundreds of divx movies.

    Divx is supposed to be better than DVD's MPEG-II - a movie pretty much identical to a DVD is about 1.4 GB.. so if a DIVX movie was 4.7-9GB it'll probably match HD.
     
  3. kelvin

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    Only just got around to trying this - thanks for the advice Nathan :) I've just installed the codec, and just need to find something to "test" now :)

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    You'll probably also need Xvid (another video codec) and AC3 audio codecs.

    If something plays with no sound/no video (or both), use Gspot to find out what audio/video codecs that movie uses (and will inform you whether they are installed or not)

    http://www.headbands.com/gspot/
     
  5. kelvin

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    Thanks :)

    I just downloaded a couple of THX trailers that I found encoded in Divx and they both played without any problems :) Sound was a little on the quiet side but I put that down to the file as opposed to anything else... :)

    Thanks for your help!

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    Just installed G-Spot too :smashin:

    Great piece of software!

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