Best DIVX Player?

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  1. Approx macrumors member

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    whats the best divx player, plugins? for osx?
     
  2. mc68k macrumors 68000

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  3. arn macrumors god

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    http://www.videolan.org (VLC)

    and

    Mplayer OS X

    are the best "no hassle" DIVX Players for Mac OS X. MPlayer will even play Windows Media Audio in DIVX files.

    arn
     
  4. Chimaera macrumors regular

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    I use mPlayer OSX here, its the bes one I've seen yet
     
  5. britboy macrumors 68030

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    The vlc player (arn linked to it in his post) is easily the best player i've come across. It has good features, realiable, and plays divx, mpeg, vcd and dvd.

    Incidentally, you should probably install the 3ivx and divx codecs.
     
  6. Megaquad macrumors 6502a

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    Truth is, there is no good DivX player on mac..
    VLC is good but when it lacks CPU resources it speeds sound and picture up and its behaving jerky.. Sometimes seeking doesnt work, it doesn't support subtitles etc.
    MPlayer doesnt play movies well on slower machines and when it lacks CPU resources it slows picture down to few fps and keep it like that for 10 seconds even when it gets resources back.. GUI is bad..
    I wish we get some nice DivX player like PC ones..
     
  7. arn macrumors god

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    Perhaps... but I've found DivX is no magic bullet on the PC either.... I recently tried installing a few divx players on the PC and ran into many issues as well.... a few divx's I could only get to play on my mac! :)

    What's one of the better PC players?

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  8. Nipsy macrumors 65816

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    Zoom Player

    'Course its all moot if you have the wrong codec combo, or lack a codec.

    Codecs can be a difficult matrix to plot...
     
  9. Chimaera macrumors regular

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    On the PC I use either Zoom Player or BSPlayer, usually the latter

    along with the Tsunami codec pack, Xvid and AC3 installed too - DiVX playback is fairly tricksy on any platform, although the mac seems to have it worst, especially from an encoding point of view :)

    mPlayer OSX is easily the best of the ones I've tried, the others seem to be either too power-hungry or simply don't have the necessary functionality - subtitle support, for example, not to mention changing the aspect ratio, if necessary.
     
  10. FattyMembrane macrumors 6502a

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    what ever happened to the ability to play divx files in quicktime? i remember using the ffmpeg.component and changing the file type of movies to "DIVX" and they would play flawlessly in quicktime (no doctoring necessary). did quicktime 6 break this ability? it's a shame that there is not a way to play them through quicktime anymore, divx.com needs to get a clue that having to convert the entire movie before playing it is not fun or necessary.

    as far as the seperate players go, mplayerosx is the best option, as it plays every codec i've found, including windows media and some realvideo. does anyone know if it's possible to open a wmv/realvideo stream in mplayer?
     
  11. Chimaera macrumors regular

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    Quicktime does handle DiVX, but its not even close to an ideal solution
     
  12. TEG macrumors 604

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    Quicktime 6 Handels Divx better than any plugin or external player. I've been using QT to play, with out any plugins, since 6 first came out, and it works great. I have downloaded the two different file converters though, because even though QT plays DIVX, it still can't handle .avi. So I have one program that will convert it to a playable .avi (DivX Validator) and another that will convert avi to mov divx (AVI to MOV).

    TEG
     
  13. FattyMembrane macrumors 6502a

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    some files will play the video track in quicktime but without sound. as TEG said, you have to run it through a doctoring program to make it work (what the hell is the point of converting it if i can just play the regular file in mplayer?). using the ffmpeg.component and changing the filetype from "VfW" to "DIVX", quicktime used to be able to play divx files perfectly, with sound and everything, but alas, no more. i'm wondering what broke this capability, as it was the only way divx playing would be acceptable on the mac (or, people could just refrain from using bastard codecs and use mpeg4...)

    p.s. TEG: how are you able to play divx without plug-ins? do divx even exist outside of .avi files?
     
  14. Chimaera macrumors regular

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    yeah, but if you have a choice of a) running a DiVX through a converter to play it (a process which, on my last mac (a G3 iMac) was horribly slow) to run in Quicktime or b) spending two minutes to set up mPlayer which works more or less perfectly and has greater functionality and will play the files without conversion which would you choose? for me there is no decision - mPlayer every time :)
     
  15. TEG macrumors 604

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    Dixv is the de-facto version of MP4, since QT 6 comes with MP4 and has the ability to play mp3 files, It works with out a hitch (usually), thats why you need the converter or varifier.

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    Divx comes in three flavors, There is the .AVI version, usually these are m$-mp4 formated, and when converted either to acceptable .avi or to .mov divx files. There are .mpg and .mpeg divx files, the .mpg's usually work fine, however the .mpeg versions appear to QT as MPEG2 and there for says you need software, and cannot be converted. Then there are .mov divx, I know many will say that they are just QT files, but I have found many .mov's that have never seen QT. They will play with out a problem, and are also the result of a user who knows that .mov's will play on any system unlike the .avi or .mp(e)g files.

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