Why Get DivX Pro?

Often, people stop me on the street to ask, “Hey handsome writer, why should I get DivX Pro® Software?” And I say, “Um … what?” because it’s a pretty odd thing to randomly say to someone, even if you are a handsome writer. Then I realize that it’s just an imaginary conversation to introduce a blog post and all is well in the world.

Regardless of whether anything I’ve said so far is true (not much), I can give an honest answer as to why you should buy DivX Pro® software. For starters, if you bought each DivX Pro feature individually, it would cost over $40 USD, but you can get DivX Pro for $19.99 USD.

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So that’s why it’s a good deal … but let’s have a quick gander at why you’d want to buy; the features of DivX Pro:

Video Pack:

Simply drag MPEG-2 and VC-1 video files (e.g. unencrypted DVD and Blu-ray disc files) onto DivX Converter and covert your video to .avi/.divx, .mkv or .mp4 files.
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Dolby Audio Edition:

You know the amazing sound of Dolby® audio. With DivX Pro you can enjoy the amazing sound of Dolby AC3 audio in DivX Software.
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DTS-HD Plug-In:

DTS-HD Master Audio™ is a high definition audio format that delivers superior audio quality. This DivX Pro plug-in allows you to play and convert video with DTS-HD audio.
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Ad-Free:

Ads make the tech world go round, but you can enjoy your videos in peace without third-party ads or offers in the software products or installer.

DFX Audio Enhancer:

DFX Audio Enhancer makes your videos sound sharper, livelier and pack more punch. Adjust your audio as you wish for improved sound quality in DivX Player for Windows (Sorry, no Mac version of this feature.)
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Cloud Connect:

Access your video from Google Drive and Dropbox to play in DivX Player or encode video with DivX Converter and save directly to cloud storage.
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Advanced Features:

Unlock the super high-tech (and geeky) features like custom encode settings like trimming, adding watermarks, adjusting frame rates, quanitzers and more. Plus, get HEVC 10bit playback and save video frame snapshots.

Still not sure? Visit our site to learn more about the benefits of DivX Pro.

***Remember – if you purchase before October 31, 2017, you can take an extra 25% off by using the code “BLOG” in the cart where it says “Check to enter a coupon code“. Buy now!

Look for the Logo

People learn about DivX through different paths. Many know DivX through our software download, but others learned about DivX from our mobile app, our long-lost video site (Stage6), or our top-notch, Pulitzer-deserving blog. As a result, you may not be aware of DivX Certified® devices. So what in the world are DivX devices? Quite simply they’re consumer electronic devices that have been certified to play DivX® video.DivX devices

What types of devices are “DivX Certified”?

There are a huge variety of devices that we’ve certified to play DivX video. This includes TVs, DVD/Blu-ray players, PlayStation, in-car players, mobile phones, projectors and more. There are a few brands that have a ton of DivX playback devices (e.g. Samsung and LG), but over the years we’ve worked with nearly every consumer electronics company. In fact, since we started certifying devices over 10 years ago, there have been over 1 billion DivX devices shipped worldwide. While this is no longer a main focus of our business, the fact remains that there are a lot of devices out there that play DivX video … and you may already have one.

How do I know if a device plays DivX video?

Back in the day, it was easier to figure out if your device was certified. Most of the products (like DVD players) had the DivX logo – along with other technologies – printed on the bezel of the device. As times and tastes changed, manufactures stopped putting as many technology logos on their devices and instead list them in the menu of the device (within the on-screen interface) or in the product manual. If you find the DivX logo listed in your manual, you know your device can play DivX video.

DivX logo on device
DivX logo on bezel of a Blu-ray player

If I have a DivX device, how do I play DivX video?

If you already have a file in the correct DivX profile, then playing it back should be easy. For most TVs, Blu-ray players, in-car devices and more, putting your videos on a USB stick or burning to a disc will do the trick. If you need to convert your file first, simply drag your file onto the DivX Converter (included in the free DivX Software bundle) and choose whatever profile matches your device. Learn more about DivX Converter. Or, depending on the connectivity of your device, you can skip physical media and cast video directly to your device (e.g. smart TV) from your computer using the media server in DivX Player. To start casting, click on the ‘Cast’ button at the bottom right of DivX Player.

DivX video on devices

What do the different DivX profiles mean?

As video and technology changed, we added new DivX profiles to create the best experience. There are a few different profiles that your device may be certified under. As a result, you may need to convert a file to meet the requirements of your device. The profile should be listed in the device interface or in the product manual. For more on the profiles, check out these technical specifications.

DivX profiles and key specificationsDivX video on devices

With over 1 billion DivX devices out there, it’s possible that you have one and may not even know it. This means that you can play DivX video through your device and enjoy more control over your media. We continue to aim to give you the freedom to watch your entertainment however you wish. Learn more at divx.com.

Converting Video for iPad or iPhone

So you’ve got your snazzy iPad or iPhone – AND you’ve got your collection of movies and shows that you’ve collected over the years. Unfortunately, video formats and native player codec licenses can be confusing, and they likely don’t play nicely together. Not to worry! DivX can help you enjoy your media on your favorite devices through a couple of easy options.

DIVX CONVERTER: The first way to get your videos to play on an iOS device is to use the DivX Converter, which is included in free DivX Software available for Windows or Mac. In three simple steps, you’re good to go:

  1. Open up the Converter and drag your video(s) onto the interface (or click “Add files”).
  2. Select the output profile you want. In this case, select the option for “iPad” or “iPhone”.
  3. Click the “Start” button (the big green button on the top-left).

Converter Interface
Pulldown showing all converting profile options (darkened profiles available with DivX Pro).
Zoom of iOS profile options
Screenshot of only iPad and iPhone profile selections.

Once your file has been converted to an MP4 format (a format that works on iOS devices), you’re ready to transfer your file to your tablet/phone by attaching your device to your computer and syncing it with iTunes.

DIVX MOBILE: Another easy way to get video to your iPad and iPhone is by simply installing our free mobile app for iOS (DivX Mobile). DivX Mobile includes a video player that handles many more formats than the native iPhone or iPad player. Some file formats are covered in the free app, while others (like most AVI files) require DivX Pro (USD $3.99). The cost of DivX Pro covers the codec license fees for certain video and audio formats. Additionally, the free app includes the ability to cast video to your TV through your media streamer (e.g. Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, etc.), game console (Xbox) and most smart TVs.DivX Mobile

DivX Mobile is available for free for iOS and Android.
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Both methods of getting your videos to play on your iPhone or iPad should work with little effort on your part. This is just another way that DivX technology tries to help make digital media easier to enjoy on your own terms.

If you’re interested in the advanced features of DivX Converter, check out our blog post to learn more about video trimming, rotating and more.

Installer Blues

Let’s set the scene. It’s a cold winter night. You’ve got a fire going and a nice glass of red wine. The soothing sounds of your special slow jams mix tape fill the room. Next, you snuggle up to your computer to install DivX Software. But wait … something’s wrong. The installer won’t work. Why? For some reason, your anti-virus software has flagged DivX – and now your tears slowly drip off your disappointed face into your wine glass.

We don't judge how you install DivX Software.

We don’t judge how you install DivX Software.


Sound familiar? Unfortunately, some users – even the romantic ones – may have an issue with our installer due to a false positive result from anti-virus software.

Fortunately, it’s not true. DivX is safe to install and does not contain any viruses or malware. Waiting a day or two, or reaching out to DivX Support can clear up the issue.

So if it’s not true, why do anti-virus software programs (e.g. Symantec, McAfee) flag our installer?

It all comes down to how we’re able to offer our software for free. In order to create DivX Software, we have many expenses. I won’t bore you with the costs, but there’s our hard working team (engineering, product development, support, legal, marketing and more), offices, fees for using certain technology licenses and codecs, etc. To help cover these costs, one of the ways we generate revenue is through partner offers during installation. When you chose to accept an offer from one our partners (e.g. Opera, Parallels Desktop, Booking.com), we receive some revenue to pay for our expenses.

You’ve likely seen third-party offers before when installing software. Hopefully, the offer you see from DivX (like the one below) is one that’s of interest to you and improves your experience. If not, you can always choose to skip the offer. DivX Software will still be free and nothing will be installed without your permission.

Partner offer in DivX installer

Example of a recent partner offer

When anti-virus technology views the partner offer in our installer, it often doesn’t recognize it and flags it as suspicious. It usually takes a day or two (although it can be longer on occasion) for the unnecessary flag to go away after they determine that our software doesn’t contain any malware and it’s whitelisted. Unfortunately, this means that when you get a software update alert from DivX, you may find that your anti-virus software thinks you’re trying to install something you shouldn’t, even though there’s no risk.

The reality is that in order to cover costs, we do include partner offers in our installer. (Side note: if you purchase DivX Pro – one of the many features you get is no ads. This means no ads in any of the software products OR the installer. You can even just buy “ad-free” by itself if you wish.) We continue to work on ways to avoid getting flagged, but it’s not easy. The anti-virus companies aren’t perfect and false-positives happen somewhat regularly. We appreciate you using DivX Software and for your patience if you find yourself staring at malware notification when trying to install our software.  We’re not trying to trick you into installing an out-of-date Ask Jeeves toolbar or anything, just trying to keep DivX free!

No tricking you into installing an out-of-date Ask Jeeves toolbar.

The Amazing DivX Converter

If you’ve used DivX Converter, you know how easy it is to drag a video on to the converter, pick a profile and click “Start”. Boom. Just like that, you’ve converted a video. It’s simple to use … even for me.

Simply drag, drop and convertSimply drag, drop and convert with DivX Converter.

So you know that it’s easy to convert video (or you do now), but maybe you don’t know about some of the “advanced features” of DivX Converter. Below we’ll take a quick look at some of benefits of using the features included with DivX Pro.

First, why convert videos in the first place?

While there are many reasons why you may need to convert a video, some of the more popular reasons include:

  • Creating a smaller file size: By using the technology included in DivX Converter, you can compress your video file size without losing any significant quality.
  • Making the file compatible with another device: Say you have .wmv file you want to play on your iPhone or iPad. Just convert it with the preset profile for your device to create a compatible .mp4 file.
  • Ensure your file plays through DivX Mobile: If you use the free DivX Mobile app for Android or iOS, you can convert a non-compatible file to a DivX Plus HD (.mkv) file to play on your phone or cast to your TV or media streamer (e.g. Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, Fire TV, Xbox, etc.).
  • Back up DVDs: With DivX Pro and the included MPEG-2 Plug-in, you can convert non-encrypted DVDs so you can have a digital backup of your personal video collection.

ADVANCED FEATURES IN DIVX CONVERTER
There are several features only available with DivX Pro that give you even more value from DivX Converter.

  • Trim video: Have a video with some wasted time in the beginning and/or end? Using this feature allows you to choose a starting and end point before you begin your conversion. When your file is done, it will be converted to the profile you chose, plus at the length you specified. Learn more about trimming your video.
  • Crop, rotate/flip: Filmed a video sideways? No problem. Just rotate the video until it’s correct. Or crop the borders of your video to center your subject, for example.
  • Add a custom watermark: Want to put your brand on your videos? Simply upload a logo/image, choose the level of transparency and you’re good to go.

Trimming a video in DivX Converter
Trimming a video in DivX Converter

 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

 

Do I Need to Register My DivX Device?

Pop quiz hot shot: What is the number one topic for DivX Support questions? Any guesses? No, it’s not “How can I meet the person who writes DivX blog posts? He sounds amazing!” (Good guess, though. That’s a close second.) The question we get more than any other is about registering a DivX Certified device.

There are thousands of different kinds of DivX devices – ranging from TVs and Blu-ray players to in-car players and home theater systems – that we’ve tested to ensure playback of a variety of video formats, including DivX files. When scrolling through the on-screen interface for these devices (and included in the user manual), is information on registering your device, “to play purchased DivX video.” Following instructions to register your device is a fairly easy process that involves copying a file to a disc or USB stick and playing it on your DivX Certified device. (Here is the nitty gritty on how to register your device or a how-to video on the topic.)

DivX Device  DivX Device interface
    DivX Logo on a device and on-screen interface to get DivX VOD Registration Code

But wait … do you really need to do this? The key word above is “purchased”. If you’ve purchased a DivX movie or show online, then, yes, you will need to go through registration to play it back on your device (e.g. TV, Blu-ray player, etc.). If your content is downloaded from the internet or is a video you created, you do not need to register your device to play back the file. What this means is that a vast majority of users can enjoy their videos (DivX or other popular formats) through their DivX Certified device without going through the registration process.

The bottom line:
If you have a device with the DivX logo on it, you can play back a variety of popular video formats without any additional effort. If you’ve purchased any DivX video movies/shows, then you’ll need to register your device. If you haven’t made a purchase, no need to register first. Start enjoying your videos!

If you ever have any questions for DivX Support, please head on over to our support section and read some forums or ask a question.

Note: Devices are certified for different DivX profiles. Here’s a quick breakdown:
DivX Device

 

DivX Mobile Video Part 2: Casting With Media Server

If you’ve used the DivX Mobile app (You haven’t?! Why not? It’s free and it’s available for Android and iOS. Go get it!), you know that it’s simple to use. Even though it’s easy to understand, we still wanted to make some tutorial videos to help people get the most out of the app.

We started with a basic how-to-use-the-app video … like a first date. Yes it was just scratching the surface, yes it was awkward at first, but it let us both see if we wanted to take this further.

Now it’s time for the second date. Gone are the formalities of simple playback and casting, and now we get into the good stuff. Now we’re talking about using the DivX Media Server (free in DivX Software) to watch a video from your computer on your phone and casting a video from your computer to your TV.

We’ll skip the trailers and jump right into our second date … um, I mean, our second tutorial video.

 

Intro Video (Part 1):

Download DivX Mobile for FREE today:
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DivX Mobile Tutorial Video

The Internet rumors about the new footage are true … there are a series of “movies” being created about the DivX Mobile App. Yes, Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams dropped out (citing creative differences … and the budget of $0), but the first installment is here!

The first video simply shows how to use the app for basic functions such as casting video to your TV (the app casts to Smart TVs, Roku, Xbox, Chromecast, Apple TV, etc.). and playing a video on your phone (the app plays a wide variety of formats — more than your phone’s native player).

So while there are no big reveals or surprise cameos in this movie (apparently the rumor that Flash Gordon would show up was not true), it’s worth 90 seconds of your time. Plus, online sources report that episode two will be darker and include shocking revelations.

Download DivX Mobile for FREE today:
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The DivX Media Ecosystem

Over the past 15+ years, DivX has helped millions of users enjoy their digital media. Our free software has been downloaded over a billion times and there are more than a billion devices (TVs, Blu-ray players, etc.) worldwide certified to play DivX video. We’ve worked to create compatible software and devices in an effort to make DivX a “one-stop shop” so you can enjoy your media on your terms.

People learn about DivX through a variety of ways. Some download our software because they have a video they can’t play, audio that doesn’t work or they need to convert a file to make it compatible with another device/player. Others are looking for a better video player for their phone or to cast their video and photos to the TV. And whether you learned about DivX years ago or just this week – and whether you use DivX simply for the free software or you purchased tools with advanced features – we’ve help create an ecosystem that allows you to enjoy your high-quality content on your own terms.

We designed this graphic to better explain how DivX can be a ‘one-stop shop’ that provides everything you need to enjoy your media. As you can see, DivX tools work across a variety of screens and platforms to reduce the complexities of digital video and audio formats. Check it out, download the free software and the free app and make the most of your media!

THE DIVX MEDIA ECOSYSTEM

Deep, Dark (DivX-related) Secret

Actually, not that juicy

I have a secret to share. Most of my co-workers don’t know this about me, but sometimes you just have to be able to face the man in the mirror. Okay – here goes … I, an employee of DivX for over 10 years, wasn’t using our software to its full potential. To be more specific, until recently I had never tried using the DivX Media Server to watch video on my TV from my computer.

DivX Media Server
It’s surprisingly easy to cast from your computer to your TV

So maybe that’s not the type of truth bomb that’s going to make it onto Wikileaks, but it still feels shameful. Co-workers in the kitchen would talk about casting to the TV through the DivX Media Server and I would nervously laugh and nod along, all the while having no idea what they were talking about.  When they asked me how I used the media server, I’d pretend my phone was ringing and rush out of the room while attending to “an important call.”

I think I came across more like an I-hear-imaginary-sounds person than a very-important-and-busy person.

Oh the shame.

I had, however, been using the DivX Mobile app. I had been casting video from my phone to the TV for the family to enjoy. Mostly videos and photos I had taken – rather than full shows or movies – and it was fun to watch family hijinks on the big screen instead of huddled around a phone or passing it around for each person to see.  Later, when setting up a video for my son to watch on my computer, he wanted to watch it on the TV.

DivX Mobile App

I could sense the stares of disapproval from my co-workers as I stopped dead in my tracks. Wait, I can cast video from my computer to the TV! I simply turned on “Sharing” in the DivX Player, found my device (in this case a Samsung TV), and the video showed up on the TV. Magic!

To my son, I was a technical genius. To my co-workers, I was no longer inept. It’s not much, but I’ll take it. (Want to join me on the esteemed level of “no longer inept”? Here’s a blog post on the topic and a Support article.)

And now, when I’m in the kitchen with co-workers, I don’t have to pretend my phone is ringing … except when the topic shifts to codec algorithms.


Algorithms are hard.