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Fixing DivX movies the easy way System
Showing DivX movies in Quicktime Player often results in audio-problems. This is related to a bug in Quicktime. To fix this, you have to run the movie through a utility like DivX Doctor or DivX Validator, after which the movie is 'fixed'.

However, I found that FTPing fixed movies invalidates the fixing process. This is because FTP, like any other plain Unix utility, doesn't care about the creator or type file attributes of the HFS+ filesystem, effectively obliterating them.

Without having to resort to another lenghty fixing process, I found that just restoring creator/type attributes on these files does it's magic. There are numerous tools to change these attributes, so I won't bother you with exactly how to change them, just with the needed info. The creator name should be TVOD, the type DAVI.
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Authored by: Ezekiel on Oct 08, '02 11:13:11AM

DivX Validator is an old tool that is pretty much useless, it gives the wrong type to some versions of DivX (there are like four different ones used right now).

DivX Doctor does other things to the file, appart from fixing filetypes to let quicktime play the files correctly, like changing them from .avi to .mov for instance.

But the best tip for people using OS X and wishing to view DivX files, even on pretty low end macs, is to use VLC (VideoLAN Client), a program ported from Linux that playes all matter of video formats, or MPlayer, another Linux-port. Both are good, but VLC has been better for me (only problem is some videocards, like mine, won't give a picture from VLC if you don't switcch to thousands of colours first. But it's no big deal since most DivX files aren't of stunning quality anyway). MPlayer's GUI for OS X isn't very good either, so you'll most likely have to use the terminal to use it, which might deter alot of users i guess.

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Authored by: ajmas on Oct 08, '02 03:17:44PM
VideoLAN is at

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Authored by: bhines on Oct 08, '02 04:49:12PM

DiVX Validator is NOT an old tool. Perhaps you are thinking of something else? DiVX Validator is the new fixing utility that comes with the recent DiVX codecs. It works very well, much better than any of the other fixers.

This tip is wrong, there is more you need to do to fix the movies. It does not simply modify creator and metadata.

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Authored by: VEGx on Oct 09, '02 03:37:14AM

Sorry to say this, especially since you are so defensive about it, Divx Validator sucks. The whole Divx group sucks.

Luckily we have `vlc' and `ffmpeg' to avoid using any Divx products.

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DivX Doctor doesn't fix DivX...
Authored by: vgz on Oct 08, '02 08:37:12PM

It transcodes the divx files into 3ivx files which (once the d4 codec is released) will run on any operating system. Currently you can only view the doctored files on Macs using the preview release of the delta 4 version of the codec. Check out for more information.

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I second this
Authored by: Sixkiller on Oct 08, '02 08:57:45PM

This hint is indeed wrong. The Divx Validator that now comes with the codec, fixes pretty much every divxed .avi that I drop on it. Setting the type and creator may help QuickTime realize its supposed to be a media file, but will not fix mp3 audio tracks or decoding probs.

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Some more info about my tip
Authored by: patashnik on Oct 09, '02 07:43:37AM
The tip never states that DivX movies should not be run through DivX validator or something similar first; it merely provides a method of restoring the creator/type attributes of DivX files of which these attributes were stripped.

Without these attributes, Quicktime uses the wrong plugin for DivX avi's, which leads to the usual audio problems.

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Authored by: Ezekiel on Oct 09, '02 01:19:02PM

But still, why use Quicktime Player when there are better programs readily available, and for free too. They work faster, have better file support, and run in full screen without having to buy Quicktime Pro or use some other quicktime program that supports full screen viewing.

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Authored by: vonleigh on Oct 09, '02 10:57:10PM

I have tried pretty much every tool there is and here is my appreciation of it:

1. Divx Doctor: Great utility, but one must have 3ivx installed. It works well, pretty quick, but you must trash the 'translated' file. Using this, Classic and the WMA audio extension is the only way I've been able to watch divx movies with wma audio.

2. Divx Validator: Currently the best, because you 'fix' (basically do some tweaks to the audio), but the file you create you can actually keep and still share with others (say windows users); as it's still a valid Divx Avi.

3. Divx Tool: perfect tool for finding out if you _can_ play many files (for example MP42 can't be played on mac yet, dont know about videolan though). Sometimes even works for fixing damaged (or incomplete) avi files.

4. VideoLan. It's nice, it's free, works well. Quality is not the highest though, quality will be much higher using quicktime.

To watch full screen, use full screener by our own Mikey-San (it's in the tips here on the site, basically an applescript to watch stuff full screen). No need for QT Pro.


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