DivX Mobile App Update

As you may already be aware, DivX is now a private company (again). As we look forward to new, innovative products (more on that soon), we’ve decided to discontinue work on the DivX Mobile App. The app will no longer be available in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store as of April 13, 2018. You can continue to use the app without interruption, as long as it has already been installed on your device. We will continue to offer support for DivX Mobile App until December 31, 2018.

DivX remains focused on helping people around the world enjoy digital media across all their favorite devices. We don’t believe that the DivX Mobile App was the best way to accomplish that. There were significant costs associated with the app, and frankly, it wasn’t as popular as we’d hoped. We know this will be frustrating for some users — we wish we could continue to work on and improve the DivX Mobile App — but we made a decision to refocus our business on new, better products. We apologize for any issues this causes for users.

We will continue to offer our desktop software (the free software includes the ability to cast video, along with video playback and conversion), which you can download from www.divx.com.

Our focus remains on empowering users to enjoy media on your terms. There are exciting plans for DivX and we can’t wait to share them with you. We hope that our new products make an even bigger impact on you and how you enjoy our technology.

Thank you,
-The DivX Team

Read can read the Support FAQ for more information on DivX Mobile Support.

Cheers to New Beginnings

It’s an exciting time at DivX Headquarters and we wanted to share the news. I know the business side of DivX isn’t something you think about regularly (… or is it?), and what matters to you is how DivX technology helps you enjoy your media. Over the years, DivX has been a part of several companies (Sonic, Rovi, NeuLion), but we’re now back on our own again! If you’re interested in more details, here’s the recent press release. In a nutshell, DivX now runs independently with support from the private equity firm Fortress (imposing name, but impressive company).

Why is this good news? This means that DivX can focus on what helped us reach over 1 billion software downloads – making great products that allow our users to enjoy media on their own terms. New products and major changes don’t happen overnight, but we’re excited about this next chapter for DivX.

We think it’s going to be an amazing new beginning and we truly appreciate you sticking with us. Whether you’ve been using DivX technology since you, … um, “stumbled upon” a DivX video file in 2000 or whether you discovered DivX this week to help you convert a file, we will continue to work hard to create innovative technology for our users around the world.

Stay tuned, more good news to come…

And cheers to new beginnings!

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DivX Software 10.8.6 Released!

It’s safe to say that I’ve yet to meet anyone who adores getting notifications to update their software (to be fair, I rarely bring it up in conversation). You know this, I know this … updating software is a pain. It’s intrusive. It’s annoying. So why keep interrupting loyal users with a notification of a new version of DivX® Software? Software update rageThe reality is that we’re always working on improving the software. Engineers are adding in new features, fixing bugs or making sure everything is stable and running the way it’s supposed to run. When we’ve reached a point where we have a new, viable version of the software, we want to get it out to our users’ to ensure they have the latest and greatest experience from DivX. DivX SoftwareSo what’s interesting about the release of 10.8.6? You can see a complete list of the updates here, but below are some highlights from this version:

  • DivX Converter has included profiles designed for PlayStation® 3, PlayStation® 4 and PlayStation® 4 Pro, including 4K AVC playback. This means you can simply select this new profile in the DivX Converter menu and you’ll know that the file you convert will work on your PlayStation device.
  • DivX Converter also has a new HEVC encoding profile for full 4K called “HEVC Native 4K”. This video profile is often called “Cinematic 4K” as it’s slightly wider with a 17:9 aspect ratio (4096×2160) compared to 16:9 in traditional 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160). This means any content created in cinematic 4K (you can view or record in this profile in many products including cameras, monitors, and even an older GoPro camera) can be encoded in 120fps to preserve the original 17:9 aspect ratio or it can be converted down to match, for example, your TV or projector’s resolution.
  • DivX Player now has the ability to display right-to-left scripting subtitles as well as double-byte characters. This means you can now view subtitles in languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and more.
  • DivX Media Server supports streaming to PS3, PS4 and PS4 Pro in original formats. This means you can cast video from your computer straight to your TV through your PlayStation device.
  • DivX Converter provides better control over framerate normalization. This means … well, this means … um. I’m not sure what this means. But you better believe it’s going to give you more control of your framerate normalization … which is good … or so I hear.

We use the software just like you – and we also know it’s not always a treat to get frequent updates. However, with constant updates and improvements, we want to give DivX users the best possible experience to enjoy their videos. To get the latest free DivX Software, simply download it from divx.com. Want to learn more about the advantages of purchasing DivX Pro®?

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Star Wars Memories

There aren’t many movies that truly define a generation. Perhaps ‘Easy Rider’, ‘The Breakfast Club’, ‘Do the Right Thing’, or maybe ‘Fight Club’ fit the bill for some. For me, it’s an easy choice: ‘Star Wars’. With ‘Star Wars’ back in the news for the release of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ (although it’s never really been “out” of the news for the past 40 years), it stirred up some old memories of a movie opening, a long time ago in a galaxy very, very near (well … this galaxy).

The year was 1977 and, at four years old, I was probably too young to see this movie. However, my older brother and my Dad were excited to see what the hype around Star Wars was all about, so I was all in. Besides, I’d likely get some candy or popcorn, so it was a win-win. We went to the biggest screen in town to make the most of this new science fiction movie. Growing up in San Diego, a rainy day is a rare occurrence, but on this day it poured. We waited in the longest movie line I’ve ever experienced to this day. The people in line were wrapped around the theater … in the rain … in San Diego.

Needless to say, it was amazing. The story! The high-tech graphics and explosions! The Chewbacca! I loved it all. That Christmas, and the next seven or eight, were focused on getting Star Wars products. My brother and I mainly collected the action figures. From the main characters like Luke and Han to more obscure ones like Greedo, “Peanut Butter Man” (as we called him … apparently his name was “Hammerhead”) or the aptly named “Walrus Man”. Much of my childhood was spent creating elaborate stories around the figures and watching good triumph over the dark side.


Whether on not the movies were expertly written (perhaps not) or perfectly executed (hmmm, maybe?), they were fun, thrilling and a common thread that my brother, my Dad and I could all agree on. Families can be complicated and having something fun to experience together is beautiful. So it’s been fun to share this same love of the familiar characters with my son. A lot has changed (including my willingness to wait for a movie in the rain), but my fond memories of being a four-year old amazed by another world remain.

The author’s R2-D2 action figure from 1977 and his son’s from 2010-ish.

The author’s son first viewing of the original ‘Star Wars’.

Of course my son’s first introduction to Star Wars was The Clone Wars, which has Annakin Skywalker as the hero. Needless to say, there were no parenting books to prepare me for breaking the bad news to him. But that’s a story for another day.

That’s my Star Wars memory … what’s yours? Please share!

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DivX and the Holiday Season

There was a time when sharing family photos and videos was less complicated. Mom would dish up Jell-O salad, Dad would set up the slide carousel or the 8mm reel-to-reel projector and everyone would sit on the shag carpet to watch the family slideshow or home movies of past holidays. Today, things are a bit … different. Dad dishes up quinoa salad, Mom tries to get the TV to play videos from her computer and the kids film it all on their phones and immediately post it to Instagram. Not quite the idyllic image of the family sharing fond memories together.

ahh, slides

But the days of sitting in front of a big screen together to enjoy family photos and videos is not gone – it’s just evolved. DivX® technology can help make sharing and enjoying your memories much easier … and hopefully less stressful. With our free tools you can cast your photos and videos to your TV or combine a bunch of videos into one easy-to-enjoy file, allowing everyone to share memories without crowding around your phone or computer.

Here are a few ways DivX can help this holiday season…

CAST YOUR VIDEO
Rather than gather around a phone or computer, cast your video onto your TV. Round up the family, get comfortable on the living room couch and show off videos and photos directly from your phone or computer. We have a previous blog post that covers this in more detail, but you can easily cast content from your phone or computer.

1. Cast from your phone: Using the free DivX Mobile® app (available for Android or iPhone). Simply install the app, pick a video or photo within the app, choose ‘Cast’ and pick a device on your network. You can cast to/through a variety of devices including smart TVs (LG, Samsung, etc.), media streamers (Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, etc.) and game consoles (Xbox, PlayStation).

DivX Mobile Cast

2. Cast from your computer: Using free DivX Software, open a video in DivX Player. Once you select the casting icon at the bottom right (and “Sharing” is turned on), you can pick a device to cast your video. Keep in mind that the smart TV or device (e.g. Chromecast, Roku, Xbox) must be on the same network. If you run into any challenges, please check out our Support site for more help with DivX Media Server.

StreamDivX Media Server

COMBINE VIDEOS:
If you have tons of short videos to share, you can combine them into one, single video with a simple click. By using DivX Converter, you can drag and drop several videos, select the aptly named “Combine all videos into one file” box and click “Start”. Just like that, you can combine multiple videos into one video. Plus, since you’re using the compression technology in DivX Converter, you can even reduce the size of your files and create a video file perfectly suited for wherever you want to play it. Check out our Support page for additional info.

Whether you want to share memories together, or just try to come up with an activity that avoids a family political discussion, DivX products can help. If you ever get stuck or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us through our Support site or cruise the Forums for answers.

Happy Holidays!

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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.

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.
Learn more –>

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.
Learn more –>

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.
Learn more –>

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.)
Learn more –>

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.
Learn more –>

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.

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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.

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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.
apple_app_store google_play_store

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.

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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.

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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: