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Windows - DivX is a stylish video player and converter, with some of its features locked behind a paywall.

DivX isn't just a powerful video converter, but a stylish universal video player as well. It can convert and play just about any video file you want and gives you plenty of advanced control over your product. Though some of its features are locked behind a paywall, it is worthy enough to be your sole conversion program.

In addition to a custom browser toolbar, this program's installation has a search page and home page takeover attached to the download. It tries to force you to accept one or the other, which is annoying. The program includes a video … Read more

Compress your videos with XviD Video Codec

If you've ever tried to compress a video file, you know that such files are already pretty dense and don't have much room to compress further, and also that video playback quality tends to suffer the more a file is compressed. But that doesn't mean you don't have options when you need to compress video for storage or bandwidth needs. XviD Video Codec is a free, open-source MPEG-4 codec that's specifically designed to maximize compression without sacrificing video quality. Its algorithms remove the parts of a video file that don't affect the viewer's … Read more

Cowon C2 shows hope that you still care about FLAC

Ah, remember when people cared about the audio quality of their portable devices? Before our gadgets all became platforms for Angry Birds and Facebook status updates, the killer app was music playback.

The fine people over at Cowon are either blissfully unaware that the iPod era has ended, or are taking a long shot by pretending this whole smartphone and tablet thing is just a phase.

As evidence, we have photos of the Cowon C2 portable media player. As a successor to the Cowon D2, this latest version promises excellent audio quality, a generous assortment of format support (though no … Read more

Zoomy player

Zoom Player Max from Inmatrix is an excellent example of PC/media convergence. It combines the full functionality and ease of use of a DVD player with the ability to play most file types, and it has enough extras to serve as your default media player as well as command central for a complete home theater and entertainment network.

Zoom Player's installer offers a Web link for additional interface skins, a side benefit of a large and active users' forum. In fact, the program's easily reaccessed Install Center offers many more choices than other wizards, such as file … Read more

Watch Xvid videos on your iPad

The iPad may work wonders as a mobile video player, but it's rather hamstrung by the limited number of video file formats it supports. Indeed, unless you convert all your videos to MP4 format (a lengthy and sometimes fruitless process) or stream them via an app like Air Video (not an option when you're offline), you're sorta outta luck.

Enter CineXPlayer, an iPad video player with native support for the popular Xvid (AVI) format. It's free, and it's fantastic. Start by copying videos to your iPad by way of iTunes' File Sharing feature, which is … Read more

Watch Xvid videos on your iPad

The iPad may work wonders as a mobile video player, but it's rather hamstrung by the limited number of video file formats it supports.

Indeed, unless you convert all your videos to MP4 format (a lengthy and sometimes fruitless process) or stream them via an app like Air Video (not an option when you're offline), you're sorta outta luck.

Enter CineXPlayer, an iPad video player with native support for the popular Xvid (AVI) format. It's free, and it's fantastic.

Start by copying videos to your iPad by way of iTunes' File Sharing feature (which is … Read more

HD hero

With the advent of high-definition video, many people are finding that programs like Windows Media Player just aren't going to cut it for viewing HD content. HD video demands a player that can do it justice, and DivX Plus 8 for Windows is perfectly suited to handle this task.

DivX Plus 8 is a whole suite of utilities, including a desktop player, a converter, a Web player, and the necessary codec pack to handle the content. We put each of the applications through its paces and found them all to be intuitive and well designed. The player is specially … Read more

Zune HD to get XviD, better playlists

LAS VEGAS--Microsoft didn't exactly take our breath away with yesterday's CES 2010 keynote, but we're getting word that Zune HD users will soon have some good news to shout about.

Come Spring, the Zune HD should receive a firmware update providing support for MPEG-4 part 2 Advanced Simple Profile videos, including the torrent junkie's format of choice, XviD. When pressed on whether DivX support would also be added, our contact explained it was unlikely, because of proprietary restrictions. Also unclear is what range of resolutions will be supported, although we did confirm that the new format … Read more

HD hero

With the advent of high-definition video, many people are finding that programs like Windows Media Player just aren't good enough anymore. HD video demands a player that can do it justice, and DivX 7 for Windows handles this task formidably.

DiVX 7 for Windows is actually a whole suite of utilities, including a player, converter, codec, Web player, and DirectShows filter. We put each of the applications through its paces and found them all to be intuitive and well designed. The player is specially designed to maximize the appearance and audio of high-definition video, and the converter allows users … Read more

Cowon prices iAudio 9 for U.S.

If last month's teaser of the Cowon iAudio 9 portable media player left you frozen in a state of awe, then we have good news. Our sources at Cowon have confirmed that the iAudio 9 is headed for U.S. shores in a matter of days.

At launch, Cowon will have one color (black) of the iAudio 9 on sale in the U.S., available in 8GB ($129) and 16GB ($169). No, it's not a tremendous savings over the Apple iPod Nano, but if you're looking for something that plays nice with FLAC, Ogg, Flash, and XviD … Read more