DivX 10.4—All-new DivX Pro and even better HEVC 4K

DivX Pro is back!

Long-time DivXers may remember DivX Pro from several versions ago. Back then, DivX Pro unlocked output profiles in Converter and delivered advanced features in DivX Codec Pack. We decided to make output in Converter free back in DivX 8, and Codec Pack is no longer.

But we’ve added several new premium audio and video components for DivX Software since then, and we’ve been working on new advanced features for Player and Converter. You may remember from recent updates the new Dolby Audio™ Edition and the evolution of MPEG-2 Plug-in to Video Pack in 10.3, and the new DTS-HD® Plug-in in 10.3.1. Now in 10.4, we’ve added video cropping and other custom encode settings in Converter, the ability to save snapshots and play HEVC 10-bit video in Player, and removal of advertisements in Player and Converter.

All these new features and the optional components we already offer are now available in one easy package: the new DivX Pro.

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Everything that’s been free in DivX Software up to this point will continue to be free. Nothing changes for you if you’re using the free version of our Software. If you’ve bought, or want to buy, DFX Audio Enhancer, Dolby Audio Edition, DTS-HD Plug-in, or Video Pack, you can continue to do so. They continue to work and you can still buy them à la carte.

If you’ve been thinking of buying more than one of the optional premium components, or love all the new Pro features we’ve added in 10.4, DivX Pro is a great opportunity to get everything: one purchase, one download, one serial number. And, we’ve priced it so you get a sweet discount. Who doesn’t love saving some $$, right?

Making 4K video even better!

DivX Pro isn’t the only exciting thing that’s new in 10.4: we’ve also added hardware accelerated decoding of HEVC video up to 4K in DivX Player.

You may remember our post from earlier this year, ‘The Goods Under The Hood’, where we explained hardware acceleration and how we incorporate it into DivX Software to help make conversions faster and playback smoother, less resource-intensive.

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Prior to DivX 10.4, hardware acceleration was available for AVC (H.264, MKV/MP4) and ASP (MPEG-4, DivX/AVI) video. Now, HEVC (H.265, MKV/MP4) video can be played in DivX Player using the CPU on 4th, 5th, and 6th Generations of Intel® Core Processor families.

This means that the experience of playing back 4K video up to 60fps, in particular, may be much improved. You may CPU usage or Memory usage drop, or finally be able to watch the video without frames dropping. For those of you interested in more details, we’ve shared preliminary test results of playing HEVC 4K video in DivX Player on a Skylake system over at DivX Labs. Or, learn more about DivX Accelerated, the integration of hardware acceleration capabilities in DivX Software.

Get Your Scared On (and Test Your Scary Movie Knowledge)

Department stores are starting to sell Christmas decorations, which can only mean one thing: Halloween is right around the corner.

There are several ways one can celebrate Halloween. You can carve pumpkins, wear crazy costumes, or beg your neighbors for candy (which APPARENTLY is socially unacceptable at my age…). Our friends at Film Fresh are celebrating the scary season by offering 20% off all movies through midnight on Halloween (Oct. 31). To get the deal, just use the coupon code FFHWEEN2010 during checkout.

This promotion could not have come at a better time, because our favorite DivX Halloween tradition is watching scary movies. So, every day for the next 10 days, we will be recommending a different film that we think would be perfect for this time of year. Each movie can be purchased (sorry, U.S. only*) and downloaded immediately from Film Fresh for playback on your DivX Certified device. This means that you can not only enjoy your scary movie on your computer, but you can play it on your DivX Certified portable DVD player or mobile phone and watch it while camping in a haunted forest or roaming around graveyards at night. (You do that, right?)

Click through the break to see if you can guess our movie recommendations and even win a prize. More…

DivX is Headed to Chicago for the Next gdgt Live Event

A while back, DivX sponsored the gdgt live event in Austin, TX during SXSW 2010. We handed out t-shirts, showed off some of the latest DivX Certified gadgets, and met a lot of awesome DivX enthusiasts. We had so much fun that we are attending and sponsoring the next event in Chicago. If you live in the Chicago area (or you are close enough to drive there), then head on over to the Gallery 2433 on May 12th.

DivX will be there with the latest DivX gadgets, including a DivX Plus HD Blu-ray player from Philips that plays MKV files. We will also be showing people how quick and easy it is to transfer your Internet movies to any DivX Certified device with the new DivX Plus Player. Did we mention we’ll have DivX t-shirts and free DivX Pro Software? You can find all of the details and a map of the location after the break. More…

Introducing the All New DivX Plus Software

In January, we announced our plans to bring DivX TV to consumer electronic devices. As cool as DivX TV is however, it isn’t the only project we have been working on. For the past year, we have also been working hard on the latest version of DivX Software. We have redesigned our bundle from the ground up to include more features, a new interface, and a simpler method for transferring videos to your DivX Certified devices. We call it DivX Plus Software.

Check out some of the new features that we are including in this new bundle after the break: More…