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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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!