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DivX Plus Software

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DivX Plus packs in a video player, codecs, and tools that cover the basic needs of streaming and converting your videos. It was considered one of the more popular video standards when high-definition content was first trickling to the Web. Version 9.0 brings with it updated features and some sleek changes to its look. So how does it hold up?

The core player has been skinned with an unobtrusive look and a dark, sleek interface. It doesn't compete for your attention with a bunch of bells and whistles or knobs. Nothing is meant to really distract you from watching your videos on the player itself or another DivX-certified device. The playlist button, for example, lets you quickly glance at your queued movies and be hidden with a single click. While you adjust settings or look at menus, the current video will continue playing in a small window on the bottom left corner like a PIP mode.

While playing a movie, you'll have access to basic audio enhancers to adjust settings for speech, music, or just about whatever is appropriate for the content. For example, we watched a gamecast and tweaked the settings to create a more livecastlike atmosphere.

The converter was also extremely simple: upon opening, we were greeted with clear instructions to just drag and drop the video. All the critical information such as output settings, directories, and menus is also spaced out and aligned to the corners. This may sound small, but from a usability standpoint, it goes a long way. The important information about conversion is displayed in digestible chunks without confusing the user through multiple menu sequences. You can convert and queue up multiple videos that each display properties like bit rates, dimensions, and audio track. Everything you need to know about the video file is visible without having to stray off path and right click through anything.

Though DivX claims conversion is much faster due to support for hardware acceleration, our results didn't seem to indicate much of an improvement. It took about 13 minutes to down-convert a 1080p 460MB MP4 file to 720p AVI. Respectable but not stellar...but then again, your mileage may vary depending on your hardware and file formats.

DivX Plus also introduces a wireless streaming feature for DLNA-compatible devices. The setup process for this was bittersweet: setting DivX Plus to communicate with your TV or console can either be straightforward or nightmarish.

We had no trouble setting up and streaming videos to a PS3, but sending a certain Carly Rae Jepson video to our Samsung Smart TV was insanely frustrating. Though this is more due to a not-so-intuitive interface on Samsung's part, it would have been nice to see some extra documentation included in DivX's help archives. Many of these devices are from major brands and you'd think that any sort of partnership or collaboration with such companies would bear the fruit of instruction. Though once DLNA streaming was finished, watching videos over the air turned out to be a pleasant experience. But only the most persistent audiences will emerge unscathed from such a frustrating process.

For its price range, DivX Plus is a sleek player that gets the job done without drawing too much attention to itself. DivX Plus' under-the-hood changes won't be all too noticeable for most users, but the software got us going to where we wanted to be without interruption. DivX Plus' visual tweaks are subtle, strategically set, and commendable, and as a player it definitely hold its own.

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    3.6 stars

    out of 1,653 votes

    • 5 star: 610
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    • 3 star: 249
    • 2 star: 92
    • 1 star: 252
  • Current version:

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    • 2 star: 1
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  • 2.0 stars

    "In the end, I just wanna play DivX encoded video's..."

    December 14, 2012  |   By eezee_cnet

    Version: DivX Plus Software 9.0

    Pros

    At least it lets me play video's encoded with DivX in my favorite player.
    It has an automatic update that works pretty well.
    If you want to use the player, be sure to check out the Preferences dialog, it has some nice options to play with and let's you set the player to act to your personal liking. (Watch out for the 'Delete after I watched'-option...)

    Cons

    The 'Plus' stuff is not necessary, for me. At all.

    Tiresome installation-'features', like: Some Video file formats are set to the DivX player (does not respect the system's settings/standard software), doesn't recognize the language of the system it's being installed upon (default subtitle language doesn't match the system's language), oh look; there's something we need to uncheck during the installation process, opens a non-informative and useless web page after installation (in a browser that's NOT set as the system's standard browser...).

    Summary

    Let me start this summary by saying I have my PC hooked up to my TV, so there's no need for me to burn anything or using anything else to watch DivX content.

    The DivX Plus player is nothing special, when it's about just playing video's.
    It's even a slow starter, compared to other players. And I don't like the fact it 'steals' video file formats (fortunately this can be undone via the Preferences menu within the player).

    I don't want a non-informative and useless web page opening up after a successful install/update (in the google's chrome browser, really...?! Are you kidding me, that's not even my standard browser of choice, I rarely use it...). I've already installed your software, don't bug me for it.

    The UI Design... Well, I don't care for it. It's just as ugly (or as beautiful, depending on your taste) as any other player that went for a dark theme. And who cares how a player looks anyway, when watching an HD video, you need to see it in full screen. Usability-wise; nothing revolutionary, but it gets the job done fairly nicely. No searching for this or that in weird or unexpected places. It's all there were it needs to be, without any clutter.

    However, for me, DivX Plus brings nothing unique to the table. Especially compared with other free players out there (with way more features for playback).

    All in all, it's just mediocre software. I'll say: Meh...
    (And in the future; try not to annoy users with unnecessary install-features... TIA...)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It Doesn't uninstall"

    December 4, 2012  |   By Rocklin CA

    Version: DivX Plus Software 9.0

    Pros

    None noted

    Cons

    Neither Windows uninstaller nor CCleaner could uninstall this program. You can use Revo Uninstaller to remove DivX Plus Converter but you must use the Pro version and the "forced uninstall" feature.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good multimedia player"

    November 24, 2012  |   By jonf57

    Version: DivX Plus Software 9.0

    Pros

    plays everything I have without struggle

    Cons

    A bit obtrusive and install lots of stuf I don't need (you might)

    Summary

    A good multimedia player which can do lots more

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Most excellent software"

    November 23, 2012  |   By wirimu1

    Version: DivX Plus Software 9.0

    Pros

    Every things A+ for me

    Cons

    Have not got any cons from my point of view

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A good DIVX converter"

    November 23, 2012  |   By hobsshop

    Version: DivX Plus Software 9.0

    Pros

    The best at multiple conversion. You can convert different movies at the same time. you can join them, or do them seperately. You can make each one with a diferrent resolution.

    Cons

    The two major draw backs are the limited file types that it will convert. and the number of errors that it finds, For these I must use other converters.

    Summary

    If Divx converter converted more file types and and had less errors [which are less than previous versions] it would be the only one I used. For the things it does convert it does best job.

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