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.

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…

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 computer. Fortunately, with DivX Software, you can easily cast content from your computer.

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.

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!

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 –>

AC3 Edition:

Get the amazing theater-quality sound of AC3 audio. With DivX Pro you can enjoy 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 –>


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.

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.

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 former 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.

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. The fact is 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 a Blu-ray player bezel.

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.

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 specifications

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 simple video conversion.

DIVX CONVERTER: The easiest 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).

Pulldown showing all converting profile options (darkened profiles available with DivX Pro).

Zoomed in 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.

This method 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.

Good luck! (And if you ever get stuck, just shoot us a message through our Support site.)

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.

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.

Example of a recent DivX Installer offer screen.

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 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.
  • 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.

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.


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 devices (above) and device user interface showing the VOD code (below).

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:

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 make the most of your media!

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.

Make More Compelling Videos With Subtitles

In the age of scrolling by videos in a Facebook feed or on a website, adding words to video can add a huge benefit. Whether it’s just adding in some details (location, date, etc.) or the inner monologue of your cat (“I can haz you stop filming me”), putting captions or subtitles on your videos can make them more interesting and engaging. Let’s talk about how to go about doing this…

For example, a 34-second video of my fierce worm-eating bearded dragon. Filmed on my iPhone and created with DivX Converter.

NOTE: All the files used to make the video above (original video from my phone, SRT file and converted files are linked at the bottom.)
DivX Player and DivX Certified devices support video subtitles in a variety of formats. Some subtitles are embedded within the video file, but some are in external, companion files. One of the easiest ways to create subtitles for your own videos is to use the external SRT file format. It’s just a simple text file that you can edit using Windows Notepad or TextEdit on Mac*. For example, if you have a video called “myEpicVideo.mkv”, then you can create a text file called “myEpicVideo.srt” with subtitles in it. Just give your SRT file the same name as your video file and create some subtitles like these:

00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:02,000
An Epic Monster Movie
00:00:02,500 --> 00:00:04,500
By A Brilliant Filmmaker

Each subtitle is given a number. Typically you’d start at 1 and count up but the numbers aren’t really important. Following the number are the time codes that indicate when the player should display the text. The time is written as hh:mm:ss,millisecond format. Following the timecodes is the text you want to display (e.g. “An Epic Monster Movie”). Finally there is a blank line before the next subtitle.
If you make your subtitle file wrong, DivX Player will display an error message that says “unsupported subtitle format”. Go back and correct your SRT file and try again.
DivX Player subtitles
Don’t forget to turn on subtitles in DivX Player.

In this example, the words “An Epic Monster Movie” appear as soon as the video starts to play since the code above starts at 00:00:00,000. The words will be on screen for two seconds before vanishing as it ends at 00:00:02,000. Then there’s a 500 millisecond gap before the next subtitle appears at 00:00:02,500. The humble words “By A Brilliant Filmmaker” are also displayed for two seconds and then vanish.
As noted before, subtitles don’t have to just be for transcribing dialogue. You can use SRT files to add a title and credits to your film, for example. You might throw in subtitles to make a joke or add to a story. The SRT format is a quick way to put text over your video. What you do with it is up to you.
Subtitle example
Speaking of “up to you”, here’s another example:

00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:04,000
<b>An Epic Movie</b>
By: <i>A Brilliant Filmmaker</i>
00:00:04,500 --> 00:00:06,500
(epic but only 30 seconds long)
00:00:27,000 --> 00:00:30,000

The gap between displaying subtitles can be as short or as long as you’d like. In this example, we display a film title, then a half second pause (500 milliseconds), followed by the next line of copy. After that there’s a long delay before “THE END” appears.

As you can see, subtitles might be multiple lines long. Our first subtitle here is two lines of text. You can typically include up to four lines but the player will start chopping off lines if you have too many or if your subtitle font is too large. You can also include some simple formatting like bold or italic using the common HTML codes — but don’t expect any fancy HTML formatting. Bold and italic are basically it and not every player will support even those simple codes.

Displaying your videos with subtitles is easy with DivX Player but not all players will properly display subtitles. That’s why DivX Converter has a “burn in” option for subtitles. Take your video and your SRT file to DivX Converter and create a new version. Select the “burn subtitles into video” option. DivX Converter will create a new video with the subtitles permanently encoded into the video. This removes the ability to change the appearance using the options in DivX Player and removes the ability to turn off the subtitles — however, it does ensure that the text is always visible when your share your video. Sometimes that’s exactly what you want like when you’re about to upload to YouTube or Facebook.
Burned in subtitles for DivX Converter
Here are some other tips to keep in mind.

    – The index number doesn’t matter to DivX Player. You could number every subtitle as 0 but you should probably give each a unique, sequential number to make things easier.
    – The order of the subtitles doesn’t matter to DivX Player. The player will sort them according to the timecodes but you should probably put them in order so you don’t go insane.
    – The size and color of the subtitles are options within DivX Player’s settings. You can change all the text to more readable color and size by adjusting the preferences.
    – The Player settings don’t affect Converter. When you choose to “burn subtitles into video”, DivX Converter will always burn in subtitles using the default color and size.
    – The filenames don’t have to be the same. Your subtitle file can have any name and you can use the “Open Subtitle File” option to choose your subtitles. This can help if you have multiple subtitle files perhaps in multiple languages.
    – Automatic subtitles is an option. Within DivX Player preferences, you can turn off the “Automatically use corresponding subtitle files” option if you want to always open the subtitle file separately.

For reference, below are a list of all the elements used to create a short video:

  • IMG_0477_Kwanna.MOV (Original file shot on iPhone 6.)
  • IMG_0477_Kwanna.srt (SRT file created in TextEdit.)
  • IMG_0477_Kwanna.mkv (File created with DivX Converter with .srt file and .mov file muxed together. This file needs subtitles turned on to view in DivX Player.)
  • IMG_0477_Kwanna_burned-in.mkv (File created with DivX Converter and “Burn subtitles into video” turned on within Converter. This file will show subtitles wherever it’s played and can’t be turned off.)

Also, here’s a great Support article (with screenshots) on adding subtitle tracks to a file in DivX Converter.
* NOTE: If using TextEdit for Mac, make sure to go to Format>Make Plain Text and then Edit>Substitutions and turn off “Smart Quotes” and “Smart Dashes” to make sure the file is in UTF-8 and will work properly as an SRT file.

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