CNET Editors' review
Handling many popular file formats, DivX Plus for Mac is the latest DivX player for the Mac platform. With its editing and conversion options as well, we found it to be a great potential addition to any user's Mac toolbox.
As you would expect, DivX Plus for Mac handles DivX format video files, as well as MKV and AVI files. This latest version of the player also allows for conversion from MP4 format, so you can format existing video files for use on the iPhone and iPad. You can also use DivX Plus for Mac as a streaming platform to any DLNA-compatible device. (For those who need it, for an extra cost there's even a plug-in that converts MPEG2 files.) We tested DivX Plus for Mac on a MacBook Pro and it handled all the video files we threw at it. It was able to quickly convert our AVI and DivX files to MP4, which we played with no trouble on our iPad. While there are a lot of settings available for conversions, we found the default setting worked fine for us. Some neat extras are the options to combine multiple files into a larger file and to add subtitles and additional audio tracks using the built-in editor.
DivX Plus for Mac is a must-have for anyone with DivX video files, but even if you have only MKV or AVI files, DivX Plus for Mac can convert them cleanly for your mobile iOS device. We had zero problems with DivX Plus for Mac in our testing, and managed to move files back and forth between all our Apple devices with ease. The interface is clean and easy to use, and the software worked perfectly. What more could you want?
DivX includes everything you need to play, create, and stream all the most popular digital video formats. Use Converter to create DivX, AVI, MKV, and MP4 videos. Watch video in Player or Web Player with subs, audio tracks, etc. Use Codec Pack to play/create DivX video with 3rd party players and editing tools. DivX 10 includes everything you need for a high-quality digital video experience including Converter, Player, Web Player and Codec Pack. DivX Player is a video player that provides phenomenal playback performance for the most popular video files on the Internet, including new DivX HEVC video up to 1080p. Transfer videos to a DivX Certified TV, tablet or mobile phone, and stream your video collection to any DLNA-compatible device with the DivX Player.
DivX Web Player is a video player plug-in that efficiently streams HD video (even MKV) in your browser, with 5.1 surround audio, subtitles, chapters, multiple audio tracks, progressive playback and download. Web Player supports DivX DRM and is used by KnowHowMovies and Sainsbury's. DivX Converter is a video converter that turns video files into high-quality DivX video (.avi, .divx, .mkv) for playback on any computer or more than one billion DivX devices. Create DivX HEVC video up to 1080p, DivX Plus (H.264) video up to 4K and DivX (MPEG-4) video up to 1080p, along with MP4s for your iPhone and iPad.
DivX Codec Pack contains all of the codecs, filters, and splitters needed to power the DivX video experience on your computer. Also allows you to watch DivX video in third-party software video players. The DivX Codec Pack now includes free DXVA hardware acceleration for H.264 video. HEVC Plug-in is an optional, free plug-in to let you create, play and stream DivX HEVC video in DivX Converter, DivX Player and DivX Web Player. During installation, remember to check the box to "enable DivX HEVC Plug-in." Without the plug-in, your DivX software will not be able to support DivX HEVC.
What's new in this version:
- New DivX HEVC Ultra HD (4K) profile
- Updated DivX HEVC encoder and decoder optimized for speed and quality
- Added AviSynth support in DivX Converter
- Added experimental DLNA Controller and HEVC adaptive streaming
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"Abysmal malware - run away!"
Version: DivX 10
None. Zero. Nada. Zilch.
Conduit search malware takeover of your Mac. No thanks. Even on the Divx forums. their support techs are overwhelmed with PO'd people that installed this. Even with this overwhelming evidence that they are KILLING their target audience, they continue to include this "feature" with their software. DIVX - wake up!
Avoid this like the plague, or your system will be infected and difficult to clean. The Conduit search malware installed takes over the search functionality of all of your browsers, directing you to use Bing, and redirecting broken links to Conduit search. It takes longer to remove all the pieces and parts than it does to install it. NEXT!
Version: DivX 10
None I can think of.
The whole thing, PLUS it inflicts surveillance crapware onto your Mac. That's evil.
If you too uninstall this crapware (via the kindly provided Uninstaller), be sure to do a Spotlight search in BOTH your /Library/ folder AND your ~/Library/ folder for leftovers. I found a SLEW of DivX .plist files polluting my library folders, including one nasty file still residing in one of the Launch folders, which is an evil thing to do. Dump Them All!
Oh and talking about evil: While the uninstaller is running, it attempts to phone home to the DivX site to look for updates. Can you imagine? It wants to UPDATE your installation as you are uninstalling it.
WHY did I uninstall the DivX crapware? Because this recent 'Conduit' infliction garbage during installation is The Last Straw. I've had enough. I don't ever run into DivX video on the Internet any more. I don't care about DivX video any more. May DivX rot and die. I think we already have more than enough effective video formats without having to bother with this unimportant format family.
However, I am keeping a copy of the current installer around for just-in-case. But I highly suspect I'll never need it and will have forgotten why I ever bothered to keep it.
"New Converter and Player, otherwise ignorable."
Version: DivX 9.1.1
At least the DivX folks keep busy improving their software. This time there are new versions of Converter and Player. The QuickTime components are the same as v9.1.0.
Everything. Is that a fair assessment? I don't know. But I don't see the point of bothering with this DivX stuff except to be able to play DivX media, if you ever run into it, which is rare, via the provided QuickTime components.
Hurray.No more, forced install unless you stop it, Google Chrome with the installation. That's an improvement. (Use Chromium folks. No default user surveillance by Google is required).
I dug around inside the installer package for v9.1.1 and found the ReadMe. Inexplicably, it directs the reader to a worthless URL for "the full version history." At that URL you find they haven't bothered to provide any data beyond version 8. What is it with these strange DivX people?!
Here is what little the ReadMe provides about what's 'new' in version 9.1.1. It sounds more like a marketing script to me:
DivX Plus Converter
DivX Plus® Converter easily converts popular formats to high-quality DIVX, MKV and MP4 video for smooth and reliable playback across a range of consumer electronics devices
• Convert a range of formats to DivX and DivX Plus for playback on DivX Certified devices
• Two new MP4 profiles let you easily create video for iPhone®, iPad®
• Create advanced features like smooth FF/RW and combine multiple files into one video
• Batch convert videos—even from different formats—in a single session
• Get 15-day trial of MPEG-2/DVD Plug-in to back up your DVDs
DivX Plus Player
DivX Plus® Player is optimized for a stunning HD video playback experience.
• Watch high-quality DivX (.avi and .divx), DivX Plus (.mkv) and other popular video formats on your PC
• Easily transfer videos with DivX To Go® to any DivX Certified® device or stream to DLNA-compatible devices in your home
• Experience advanced features like smooth FF/RW, multiple subtitles and multiple audio tracks
Indeed, version 9.1.1 of both DivX Converter and DivX Player are installed, if you care. Both work as expected. The provided versions of the two DivX QuickTime components are the same as those in version 9.1.0, those being v18.104.22.168 of the decoder and v22.214.171.124 of the encoder.
As usual, the only thing potentially useful is the DivX decoder QuickTime component. As such, there's nothing in v9.1.1 worth caring about if you already have v9.1.0. Go use better video encoding software please and skip this irrelevant stuff.
"Installs Google Chrome without request. Still 32-Bit."
Version: DivX 7.2
None at all for me. Some may wish to keep the DivX Decoder QuickTime component in case they run into DivX video files.
The player app is lame. The Preference Pane is still 32-Bit. The Installer only lists that it is installing DivX files. And yet it force installs Google Chrome without asking permission. This is of course unscrupulous and unacceptable.
*This review is for version 8 (not 7.2) of the DivX installation*
I no longer recommend installing DivX and its associated files. I won't miss it.
I have uninstalled all of DivX due to the aftermath of installing version 8. I found that:
1) Google Chrome had been installed onto my Mac without any listing in the DivX ReadMe, without any warning and without my permission. I was forced to uninstall Google Chrome, which I refuse to use due to its user surveillance. Instead I use one of the open source Chromium alternatives that have no surveillance.
2) The DivX Preference Pane remains 32-Bit, resulting in the user having to restart System Preferences in 32-Bit mode. At this point in time that is annoying, archaic and demonstrates lazy programming.
I never liked the DivX Player in any case, never used it, and won't miss it. I also rarely run into DivX video any longer. I see no advantage in the format and no longer care about it, especially after discovering the aftermath items listed above.
It might be useful to hang onto the DivX Decoder QuickTime component if you are concerned that you may run into DivX video files in the future. I have kept it in my /Library/QuickTime/ folder. Don't bother with the DivX Encoder component.
Otherwise, good riddance DivX. I don't deal with customer disrespect and abuse.
"to work happy"
Version: DivX 7.2
all wases easy
pixel HD pllus
thank you for a download
"Makes watching videos impossible"
Version: DivX 7.2
There are none.
Not only doesn't it play video, it makes the screen go black with a blank white box in the middle so you can't do anything else, either. You have to cmd-Q out of your web browser and start over. Most irritating browser plugin ever.
Avoid. Avoid. Avoid. If you get a pop-up asking you to upgrade to the latest version it's already too late - that popup window won't ever close (whether you upgrade or not). Seriously pathetic software.
"last 2 upgrades won't open-thanks"
Version: DivX 7.2
Can't think of any because it doesn't open
Let's see It doesn't open
same as above
"great video codec, movies off the internent"
Version: DivX 7.2
watching movies from the internet who would have thought it would chatch on.
need to be uber geek to learn all this can do.
it does the job. takes names and kicks butt.
"Excellent HD playback quality with low CPU load"
Version: DivX 7.1
Performance and quality playback of High Def videos
No stuttering on HD
Cool design and nice touches like the mouse gestures for FFW and RW
Only for Macs with Intel processors, OS X 10.4 and up. Well, that's life.
One of the best players for HD content in the new MKV format, QT and others
"Useless piece of software"
Version: DivX 7.1
Not one thing.
Not for use with any Mac without the Intel processor.
Not worth the effort to download and delete.