Do I Need Divx?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Hrothgar, Dec 17, 2016.

  1. Hrothgar macrumors 6502

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    I'm not really sure what it does. I don't ever knowingly use it. I keep getting popup notices to update it, and the updater tries to trick me into installing something else in addition to the update.

    Is Divx important? Do most people use it? Is there a preferred alternative?
     
  2. KALLT macrumors 601

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    DivX is a video codec. You need the appropriate software to play videos that are encoded with that format. If you do not have any, then you probably do not need it. Open-source players such as VLC and mpv can handle this format as well, though not as efficiently.
     
  3. Jeaz macrumors 6502

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    I'd say no. DivX used to be a big deal 10 years ago when heavy compression of videos was required for mostly pirated DVD-movies.

    There are much better codecs around now and DivX is mostly forgotten.
     
  4. Phillippee macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, although these posts are old, the fact that few have posted is telling. Looks like I don't need DivX; so away with it.
     
  5. MacGizmo macrumors 6502a

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    The only thing that uses DivX codec is old porn. That's why nobody uses it, and even less people have even heard of it.
     
  6. Nermal Moderator

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    It was also popular for music videos, before YouTube came along.

    I believe that VLC will play DivX natively, without needing the standalone component installed.
     

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