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What is DivX?
DivX is the name given to a video codec (a piece of software encoding and decoding video) and is based on the MPEG-4 compression format. MPEG-4 is a new standard of video compression that is both high quality and low bitrate. They are usually only a fraction of the size of a standard DVD, even at 640x480 resolutions, making them the best home video format so far. They only take half the time to encode, and yet at the same time are smaller in size than MPEG-1 - due to their incredible compression technology - some have even called MPEG-4 the "MP3 of the video world". A DivX-compressed movie is about 8 to 12 times smaller than a DVD and ranges from 400 to 750 megabytes, which would enable it to be copied onto a single CD.
What is a "Codec" and why do I need it?
The word codec is short for compressor/decompressor. When you install a video codec on your computer, what you really are doing is giving windows media player instructions how to compress/decompress movies in that file format. If the needed codec is missing you will receive an error message that windows media player is unable to download an appropriate decompressor. Without the correct codec installed, you will not be able to play the video.

Is it possible to play DivX movies in a DVD player?
Some newer players support divx but most do not.

You can get a list of players and where to buy them at

What Software do I needed to play DivX movies in Windows?
In order to play DivX movies you need to install the DivX codec, DirectX and a media player which supports the codec. We recommend using Windows Media Player to play DivX movies.
Where can I download Divx Movies from the Internet?
You can spend forever hunting on the internet searching for DivX movies, however, the only things that you tend to come across are warez, popup banners, and sites that take you round and round in circles. The best way is to use some kind of file sharing program eg:- Morpheus to download your movies. Bear in mind the size of them and if you only have a standard 56k Modem connection then it can take a fair while. If you have the luxury of Broadband, then all the better.

Can I create my own DivX/VCD Movies from my own DVD's?

The answer is Yes, you can. You will need a program that will decrypt DVD's (referred to as Rip programs) for eg:- Smartripper, Claddvd. The process is called "ripping" because the process implies that you will "rip" both the video and audio tracks from the DVD. The reason that you have to rip a DVD to a hard drive is because DVDs are encrypted and you need to first decrypt the files before you can manipulate and get further access to them. DVD Ripping basically involves the process of copying the DVD files (i.e. .VOB, .IFO, .BUP files) from the DVD onto your hard-drive without the CSS (Content Scrambling System) scrambling the files during the copying process. This essentially makes a perfect 1:1 copy of the DVD onto your hard drive so that the files will have the original quality and size. You also need to make sure that your PC is at least a minimum specification to do this. Normally recommended at least a PIII 450Mhz or higher, 128Mb Ram, DVD Drive, About 6Gb - 8Gb of free space on you Hard Drive, Soundcard, 8Mb - 16Mb Video Card. You will need a conversion program like eg:- Flaskmpeg to convert the ripped DVD files. For more indepth information/tutorials about ripping/creating your own DivX Movies try some of the links below. They will tell you what software you need for each individual stage etc.

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