BarCampSD 4, one of those “unconferences” sweeping the globe these days, saw a rare surfacing of the long-awaited next version of DivX software that includes support for the H.264 video codec, the .mkv container format and AAC audio. With long-time DivX evangelist Alastair “digital56k” Mayo, we gave a couple of presentations on the new features in DivX 7 as well as a detailed (or as detailed as one can be in 25 minutes) demonstration of DivX H.264 encoding in action. Al showed how to use DivX 7 in conjunction with popular encoding tools to compress high-quality HD video into much more manageable sizes, without sacrificing visual quality. Step-by-step Al worked through AVISynth, VirtualDub, MKVToolnix, Haali Media Splitter, DivX H.264 Decoder beta 3, and Media Player Classic. You can try it for yourself here. (Of course you probably don't get to do it on a Nehalem test bed like Al does!).
After a short period of incubation, DivX Connected server software 1.4 is now officially available!
For those of you with the god-like patience required to resist installing the beta version of the 1.4 software, your time has finally come. Now you too can experience DivX Connected with Flash video support.
What does that mean? Well, how about a little Youtube? A little Hulu? And a whole lot more... The entire world of online Flash video is now accessible to DivX Connected, which is now the best way to bring interesting content to the living room from the PC. No burning CDS, no USB sticks required. From now on, it's the whole world of dogs on skateboards, fully consumable from your sofa.
Also, have you ever turned on your DivX Connected device only to realize that the PC required for its operation is not powered up? Or conversely, have you ever wished you could turn off your PC through DivX Connected, just by using your DSM-330's remote control? Well now both of those functions are available.
To explore more 1.4 powered plug-ins click here.
DivX at IFA '08
Another year, another successful showing by the DivX team at the Internationale Funkaustellung. A crew of around 20 DivXians assembled from points far and wide, including San Diego, Aachen, Krakow, and even Seoul, Korea.