The folks at DivXNetworks are really hitting hard with their codec’s! Microsoft, of course has done little to improve on WMV. The number of standalone DVD Players supporting DivX is growing. In the US, I have not seen a single player released featuring WMV9 decode. I believe it’s Philips who sales a cheapo DVD player with DivX support for well under $100.
New offerings coming from DivX include..
- DivX Fusion Player
- DivX Fusion Codec update
- DivX Fusion SDK
- DivX Media Format
As they are now saying “DivX is far more than just a codec”. The new DivX Media Format will have the extension of .divx getting away from the .avi extension. The new DivX Media Format will support XSUB subtitles, Alternate audio tracks, Interactive video menus, XTAG video tags. They are claiming that that DivX Fusion Codec can outperform WMV9 and H.264, not sure about both of those however. You can read more at DivX Labs.
So, Microsoft wants up with WMV? Not only is DivX more support in CE players but they also offer great tools for encoding from just about any source. You have Dr. DivX which can encode from a live source, ripped DVD, DV, and just about everything else. It’s a simple wizard based application. The Windows Media Encoder is great, but where is the application for point and click converting to WMV? It’s not Windows Movie Maker and it’s not the Windows Media Encoder.