DivX 9 delivers hardware encoding, legacy versions to die
In with the new and, come December 28, it will be out with the old. DivX 9 is now available and it brings, perhaps for the first time ever, feature parity with the Windows version. What else is new? The bullet points look good, but you’ve got wonder if DivX can rise to prominence again.
First off, DivX is advising users that active support for DivX 8.x for Windows, DivX 7.x for Mac and DivX Author will end on December 28.
From then on it will be DivX 9 (“Plus”) all the way. This new version of the once ubiquitous video encoding and conversion suite comes to market with powerful new features:
• Faster Conversion — Up to 10x faster with free hardware accelerated encoding
• New MP4, iOS Support — Convert videos for playback on iPhone and iPad and more
• Stream to Your TV – Stream your video collection over Wi-Fi to any DLNA-compatible device in your home
• Enjoy video on 750+ Million Devices – Easily transfer DivX and DivX Plus (MKV) video files from your Windows or Mac computer any DivX Certified device (mobile phones, tablets, Blu-ray players, PlayStation 3 game console, digital televisions and more)
• Install includes DivX Player, DivX Plus Web Player, DivX Converter and DivX Codec
• DivX 9 for Mac is now in parity with Windows
DivX 9 appears to hit all of the right notes, but does anyone “need” it? Color me skeptical — HandBrake, VLC and QuickTime have the bases covered for this user.
Nevertheless, a 15-day full featured trial of DivX 9 is available available here. Thereafter, the free codecs will continue to work with third-party apps and players, but using DivX 9 per se will the user to pay $20.