Chromecast and Blu-rays and Dolby… Oh My!

Today we released DivX 10.3, the latest update to DivX Software that includes three major new features to help you do even more with your audio and video.

Chromecast – your most requested feature – is here

You’ve been asking for it. We’ve been telling you it’s coming (thanks for being patient!). Finally, DivX Media Server is Google Cast Ready so you can enjoy streaming videos from your PC or Mac on to the largest screen in your home using Chromecast.

Chromecast streaming from DivX Media Server means that you can enjoy local videos on your TV. Your DivX, MKV and other videos* stored on your computer can stream up to 1080p. To access this feature, open your video in DivX Player and select the “Cast To” option; choose your Chromecast from the list of devices to begin streaming.

Divx Player Cast To

You can also access this feature from DivX Player’s Library view. From the list of videos, right-click on the title you want to cast and select “Stream To” then choose your Chromecast device.

DivX Player Library Cast To
This will open your Chrome browser where you will see a DivX window with the name of your file. The Chrome browser and the Google Cast extension for Chrome are required. Want to know more? Check out our step-by-step guide.

*If FFMPEG is installed on your computer, additional formats like HEVC may be transcoded when streaming.

 

Dolby AudioTM—a new edition of DivX Software

A new edition of DivX Software—Dolby AudioTM Edition, to be exact—brings official support for playing back Dolby Digital Plus audio tracks in DivX Player and Web Player.

If you’re tired of installing sketchy filters from sites you don’t know if you can trust, or if you’re a Mac user who’s been bemoaning the retirement of Perian for your surround sound audio, this build’s for you. We’ve seen so many of you each month looking for a solution to play DivX, MKV and other video files with AC-3 audio tracks, so we knew we had to do something about it.

DivX Player Dolby Audio Edition

This edition of DivX Software has been certified by Dolby® for playing Dolby Digital Plus audio in your favorite digital video formats. It’s a paid version of our software for both Windows and Mac that unlocks native support for the immersive surround sound capabilities of Dolby Audio. You can learn more or buy it on DivX.com.

It comes as a separate download, so check your order confirmation email for the details to install it.

 

Video Pack—say good-bye to Blu-rays

We’ve combined our previous MPEG-2/DVD Plug-in for DivX Converter with the addition of VC-1 support for a new Video Pack.

DivX Converter already lets backup Blu-rays made with the AVC codec for free. Now, VC-1 files can be converted in DivX Converter to any of the high-quality presets, like DivX, DivX Plus (h.264/mkv) or DivX HEVC (h.265/mkv).

Video Pack for DivX Converter

Video Pack comes as a 15-day free trial in the free download of DivX Software, so you can try before you buy. After the trial is over you can buy the Video Pack to get both DVD and Blu-ray backup in DivX Converter; just enter your serial number in the free installation to unlock it.

Tip: If you purchased the MPEG-2 Plug-in for previous versions of DivX Software, you can upgrade to Video Pack for 50% off using your MPEG-2 serial number.

 

If you haven’t already, go download the latest version of DivX Software and enjoy the new features!

 

The Goods Under the Hood

Some of the most exciting things we get to do at DivX are found “under the hood”—tweaks and technology that you don’t necessarily see but that are essential to a high-quality DivX video experience.

One of these things is hardware acceleration, which has several benefits to computer resources and functionality, especially when it comes to high-resolution video.

So, what is hardware acceleration?

Ever tried playing back HD or 4K video on your computer and notice issues? Media players may struggle with larger, higher resolution files like HD or 4K when playback is done through the software using CPU, eating up valuable system resources. This can result in playback issues like noise, stuttering or frames being dropped.

With hardware acceleration, the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is used to offload some of the processing effort from the more general-purpose CPU. The result? Heavy-process tasks like playing HD or 4K video is handled with ease so you can sit back and enjoy the quality or multi-task.

What’s the benefit in DivX Software?

DivX Software uses hardware acceleration to encode and decode both ASP (DIVX/AVI) and AVC (H.264/MKV) video content on a variety of popular systems.

The latest versions of DivX Player and DivX Web Player offload the heavy lifting to GPUs through a video decoding specification called DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA)—yep, even for 4K videos!

We’ve done some preliminary tests of playback with and without hardware acceleration—same system, same video but very different results. Here we tested 4K AVC and HEVC clips on Intel Core Broadwell 2GB Windows 8.1-based device.

CPU Utilization with hardware acceleration

Battery life with hardware acceleration

Note: CPU utilization with software decoding is the same for AVC and HEVC.
Hardware decoding results apply to AVC clips only. 
Results may vary depending on device and system configuration.

So basically, you can watch an entire extra TV episode and still have time for a snack break on the same battery if you’re using hardware decoding.

If you have a system that supports hardware decoding in our software and want to compare this yourself, you can try it out by downloading some sample clips below. We used 4K raw MP4 files as sources and did a combination of 4K and 1080p encodes in h.264/MKV format with a few different bitrate settings.

That gives you an idea of the benefits of using the GPU to decode your videos. You can turn hardware decoding on/off in DivX Player by going to the player’s advanced preferences:

disable hardware decoding in DivX Player

 

DivX Converter uses hardware acceleration for encoding as well. When your system is able to make use of GPU for your encoding, you’ll see the DivX Accelerated logo appear like this:

Hardware acceleration to convert MKV DivX AVI MP4

 

Not only will this make conversion more efficient, but battery life and multitasking ability is improved like during playback.

Regardless of your interest in GPUs and CPUs, there’s great technology working behind the scenes to help DivX provide a great video experience. The next time you have a high resolution file you want to play or convert in H.264 or DIVX/AVI format, make sure hardware acceleration is enabled if your system is supported. It will make a big difference in playing or converting those high-quality videos!

 

DivX Media Server 101 Part 3: Stream to Sony PS3

If you’re following our DivX Media Server 101 video series, you already know from Part 1 how to set up your media server for sharing files from your computer to devices like your TV, tablet and gaming consoles.

This video is for Sony Playstation® 3 users who want to stream DivX, AVI, MP4 and MKV videos from a PC. Check out Part 3 in the series now:

Watch other videos in this series:

Part 1: Setting up DivX Media Server

Part 2: Stream to Xbox 360

Watch this video on YouTube

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DivX Media Server 101: Part 2

If you’re following our DivX Media Server 101 video series, you already know from Part 1 how to set up your media server for sharing files from your computer to devices like your TV, tablet and gaming consoles.

For Xbox 360 users, this one’s all for you. Part 2 of the video series below shows you how to stream DivX, AVI, MP4 and MKVs from a PC to a Xbox 360.

Watch other videos in this series:

Part 1: Setting up DivX Media Server

Watch this video on YouTube

DivX 10.2.3: Now Playing SMI Subtitles

Version 10.2.3 of DivX Software is available today. Now in DivX Player, you can enjoy your videos with multiple languages at once thanks to added support for .SMI subtitles.

DivX Player can also display two subtitles at once for any supported subtitle format, including XSUB, SRT, and more. By default, the two subtitles will be displayed one on top of the other at the bottom of the video, but you can move the top subtitles around anywhere in the video window.

Download the update to enjoy your 4K HEVC videos with SMI subtitles.

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How to make SMI subtitles?

There are a several tools you can use to easily make SMI subtitles for your videos. Here are a few we’ve used and tested to work with DivX Software:

Hanbang
Neocaption
Subtitle edit
Subtitle workshop

Making SMI subtitle files is easy with these tools. Just add a line of text, select the timeframe for when the text should appear, and save the subtitles in SMI format.

Once you’ve made your subtitles, make sure the .smi file and your video file have the same name and are in the same folder for DivX Player to automatically display the subtitles when your video starts playing. You can also manually select your subtitles or choose a different language by right-clicking on the playback screen and selecting the Subtitle menu.

Enjoy your videos!

DivX 10에서 .SMI 자막 재생이 가능 합니다

DivX는 HEVC, 그리고 이젠 Ultra HD (4K)까지 소비자들에게 제공하고 있습니다. DivX Player 10.2.3에서는 여러 언어로 비디오를 즐길 수 있을 뿐만 아니라, 더욱 더 편리한 사용을 위해 .SMI 자막 포맷까지 추가 지원하게 되었습니다.

이제 DivX Player에서 XSUB, SRT 등과 같은 두 개의 자막을 동시에 재생할 수 있습니다.

4K HEVC 비디오를 SMI 자막과 함께 즐기시려면 지금 바로 다운로드 하시기 바랍니다. 여기를 클릭하여 새롭게 출시된 기능을 확인해 보십시오.

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SMI 자막 만드는 방법

시중에는 SMI 자막을 쉽게 만들 수 있는 다양한 방법들이 있습니다. 다음은 DivX 소프트웨어 에서 정상 동작함을 확인한 대표적인 SMI 생성 툴입니다.

Hanbang
Neocaption
Subtitle edit
Subtitle workshop

위의 방법을 이용하시면 SMI 자막 파일을 쉽게 만들 수 있습니다. 삽입하고자 하는 텍스트를 추가하고, 텍스트가 나타날 시간대를 선택한 후 SMI 파일 포맷으로 자막을 저장하시면 됩니다.

DivX Player에서 비디오를 재생할 때 자동으로 자막이 표기되기 위해서는 자막을 만든 후 .smi 파일과 비디오 파일의 이름이 동일해야 하며, 두 파일이 같은 폴더 안에 있어야 합니다. 또한 마우스 오른쪽 버튼을 클릭하여 자막을 수동으로 선택하거나 다른 언어를 선택할 수 있습니다.

Enjoy your videos!

DivX Media Server 101: Part 1

Is your hard drive filled with videos that you want to watch on another screen? Instead of burning a disc or copying to USB, use the DivX Media Server in DivX Player to stream your movies and TV shows instantly to another device like your Smart TV, PS3, Roku or Samsung Galaxy tablet.

In our video tutorial series—DivX Media Server 101—we’ll walk you through setting up the media server on your computer and playing your videos on the most popular devices. Watch DivX Media Server 101: Part 1 now.

 

Watch other videos in this series:

Part 2: Streaming from PC to Xbox 360

Watch this video on YouTube

DivX 10.2: Removing Codec Pack

With DivX 10.2, Codec Pack was removed from the DivX Software bundle. For those of you who used the DivX codec in third party software to play or create your DivX files, here’s an explanation of why we did this and what this means for you.

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Why did we do this?

We want to simplify what we distribute and how, so that only the filters used by DivX Player and Web Player, DivX Converter and DivX Media Server applications will be installed. This ensures that you get exactly what they need for your unique use of DivX software, and also reduces the DivX bundle size and install footprint.

What this means for you:

When it comes to the DivX software—Player, Web Player, Converter, Media Server—you won’t see any change. You’ll still be able to play, create, and stream all the same videos just as before. If you had previously installed DivX Codec pack, it will remain on your system even after updating to DivX 10.2.

We want to focus on improving and updating our tools so that you always have the best experience possible with DivX products and the DivX format. By focusing on DivX applications, we can also deliver new codecs and features, like HEVC, and get them to you faster. DivX also has a Software Integration solution that allows us to work with other software creators to ensure compatibility with the DivX format—for file playback or creation. This all will guarantee compliance with the more than 1 billion DivX certified devices in the world.

Questions or suggestions? Tell us about it on our Forums.

**Edit: August 18, 2014**
For those of you who would like to use the legacy DivX Codec Pack to convert and play DivX MPEG-4 videos in third-party programs, you can download it here.

Stream to Your Biggest Home Screen with DivX Player

Want to stream video to the biggest screen in your home? Of course you do. And you can! Just download DivX Software and use its DivX Media Server, included free in DivX Player, with a DLNA compatible device.

Here’s how easy streaming gets with DivX:

(Watch this video on YouTube.)

Easy! Got questions about DLNA streaming with DivX Media Server? Check out our support forums.