DivX on Tuesday announced that the latest version of its DivX Plus software is now available for download. The free software has been completely redesigned with a streamlined interface and supports up to 1080p HD H.264-based video in the MKV file format.
"DivX Plus software represents a major step forward in our mission to create a seamless, high-quality media experience that empowers consumers to enjoy the content they care about not just on the computer but on any device in their lifestyle," said Kevin Hell, CEO of DivX, Inc. "Our new software connects the content that millions of users watch on their PCs to the millions of DivX devices all over the world, offering a bridge between the Internet and the living room."
Some of the key features of the DivX Plus software package include easy video transfer to DivX Certified devices, a wide range of playback support, browser-based HD video, MKV streaming to game consoles, and the ability to convert 1080p HD content without shelling out for the paid version.
DivX has begun offering its upcoming DivX Player 7.0 in Beta 1 form, and with it support for MKV files containing high definition H.264 video and surround sound AAC audio.
DivX has been playing around with H.264 support for some time now as part of its "Rémoulade" project, but this marks the first player release to incorporate this capability. DivX says the player's H.264 video decoding will come with support for Baseline, Main, High, High 10, and High 4:2:2 profiles, full interlace support, multithreading decoding on up to 8 CPU cores, and optimizations for MMX, SSE, and SSE2 instruction sets.
The release will also contain several general improvements over the currently shipping DivX Player 6.8.2, including wider Direct3D videocard compatibility, the return of the GDI renderer allowing the player to display video when no hardware acceleration is available, and better handling of AVI files that have a broken index, and improved support for media created with the company's DivX Author application.
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