Good movie compression is every movie/video pirate’s best friend. Divx is a huge player in the game of compressing videos. In my personal historical experience, they did for video what the mp3 did for audio. Video files were huge, and transferring them across the internet required days of uploading and then downloading. Making the files smaller while losing little to no quality was desired. Divx didn’t just dream it, they did it. Now there’s no question that the power of this codec (short for compression/decompression) can be used for forces of good as well as evil. Pornography for example was the most searched entity on the internet until the mp3 came along, if you consider that good use of video compression.*
I ran into the Divx booth at the Connections Conference and had to hit these guys up. They had nifty pens, sleek silver booklets, and some portable media players for our fondling pleasures. I was excited to talk to someone who works for Divx, as a geek stuff like this is equivalent to a high school basketball player chatting with someone who designs Nike shoes. It’s just cool, and she told me about Divx 6.0 coming out real soon.
Divx 6.0 is set to release June 6, 2005 and many are anticipating the arrival. With this application we’ll be able to produce videos for our portable media players, home entertainment centers, and car DVD players. Divx 6.0 will be the newest shiniest codec yet by the famed company, and the bundle will allow for video editing for those who don’t follow the Apple Computer’s Final Cut cult.
*(Divx has a Video-on-Demand service with 15,000 titles currently)