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Play any DivX file using QuickTime Player System
While most people will tell you to simply use VideoLan Client to watch the various flavors of DivX movies floating around on the net, there are only so many things you can do with video without having to use QuickTime. I also find QuickTime Player's performance and interface to be far better than that of the other players out there. Luckily, there are two different (free) QuickTime plugins that allow you to use DivX-encoded AVI files within the QuickTime environment. However, both of them have pretty serious flaws.

3ivx D4 will play just about any of the various DivX iterations within QuickTime, but due to a bug in QuickTime, won't play any MP3-encoded audio without a lengthy conversion process (which means double the hard drive space). The new files are not Windows friendly! Too bad a good 80% of DivX files out there use MP3 audio.

DivX for Mac plays DivX 3.11, 4 and 5 files flawlessly, with full audio support (apparently they found a workaround for the QT bug), but will refuse to play any XivD files -- XivD is the open-source DivX spin-off, so the DivX people are understandably trying to quench it. Unfortunately, more and more files these days are XivD.

The solution: just install both! 3ivX's plug-in will take over for all of the video duties, while the DivX plug-in will step in to play MP3 audio tracks. After you have both plug-ins in your ~/Library -> QuickTime folder, almost all DivX-ish files will play, convert, and edit seamlessly.

Perfect! Now we just need Ogg, Matroska and WMA/WM8 support in QuickTime and we'll be all set!
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Authored by: xeno on Aug 26, '03 10:24:19AM

ogg's been out for a while now, use versiontracker, get http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/13012



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Videolan is still better
Authored by: tetsuotheironman on Aug 26, '03 10:48:31AM

no offense.. but the new builds of VideoLan totally kick ass.. You can even transcode video ala quicktime from any format it can read to MPG1 and MPG2, dual monitor support is much improved and it even supports multichannel sound.. I rarely use any BUT videolan to watch movies unless it's a pure quicktime codec... VideoLan is superior to quicktime player in many ways



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transcoding?
Authored by: matx666 on Aug 26, '03 02:59:32PM

how do you transcode in VLC? i see no output menu in VLC? i see some advanced options in the preferences, but not sure what to do with them.



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Play any DivX file using QuickTime Player
Authored by: pascalpp on Aug 26, '03 11:09:09AM
Play any DivX file using QuickTime Player
Authored by: kramrm on Aug 26, '03 11:34:30AM

I've been using MPlayer for OSX without any problems. It's got a nice playlist feature, plays 99.9999% of the files I've thrown at it, and has a full screen mode. It doesn't have a lot of fancy features, but it gets the job done for me.



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Play any DivX file using QuickTime Player
Authored by: Hansi on Aug 26, '03 12:45:54PM
won't play any MP3-encoded audio without a lengthy conversion process (which means double the hard drive space). Just uncheck the make stand-alone movie checkbox in DivX Doctor, this will make it take much much much less time and only be 1/5th-1/6th of the original movie.

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Play any DivX file using QuickTime Player
Authored by: elmimmo on Aug 26, '03 02:44:22PM

You have not read the hint, have you?

Having both installed means you can double click any divx .avi file and watch it without any need to do some nasty doctoring, transcoding or whatever other shit. Just like in Windows: double click and watch.

BTW, instead of 3ivX, I am using an ffmpeg.component for quicktime called FFMPEG DivX 2.1. I have not compared it to 3ivX, because I saw no need to: it works flawless if installed on pair to divx.com



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Play any DivX file using QuickTime Player
Authored by: diamondsw on Aug 26, '03 04:26:11PM

Well, you still won't be able to play *any* file. Specifically, files encoded with WMA audio will still cause trouble, and OGM files are on the rise (at least where multiple language tracks and subtitle tracks are important). Here are some more components to help you play more of what's thrown at you. :)

AC3 component
http://www.insaneness.com/

Ogg
http://sourceforge.net/projects/qtcomponents/

MSMPEG4v1
http://thegoods.ath.cx/~hmason/mac-ms-mpeg4v1/

MSMPEG4v2
http://thegoods.ath.cx/~hmason/mac-ms-mpeg4v2/



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Try it before posting comments
Authored by: cloudness on Aug 27, '03 02:15:22PM

Excuse me but have you at least try installing the two codecs together before saying it won't open *any* file?

Since the DivX codec was MP3-compatible without conversion (it's been about two months), I have successfully opened *all* DivX, 3ivx, and Xvid that came under my hand (that means about 50 movies from various sources). The only problem I still experience is the bottom green bleeding that plagues the Xvid-decoding through the 3ivx codec.

Especially useful for those of us still on G3. I find the playback through QuickTime less CPU-intensive than through VLC (with less frame-skip). It also works in OS 9 for those who have an even slower CPU, as opposed to VLC.



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Re: Try it before posting comments
Authored by: danridley on Aug 27, '03 07:33:32PM

It seems pretty clear that s/he tried it, or at least understood the issues, as the post clearly stated *which* files would not play: those with WM8 or AC3 soundtracks, and OGM container files. Those are both much less common than DivX/MP3 .avi files, but they're prevalant enough that it's nice to know how to play them.



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Play any DivX file using QuickTime Player
Authored by: Alrescha on Aug 26, '03 06:56:28PM

this is marginally on topic.

I have found that all of the mentioned players have problems playing files larger than 2 GB. Quicktime and VLC stop at/about the 2 GB point.

MPlayer will play past the 2 GB point, but cannot one cannot position the movie after that boundary (you can pause, but other wise don't touch that dial!).

Does this match other folks experiences? Any fixes?

A.



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Play any DivX file using QuickTime Player
Authored by: bluehz on Aug 26, '03 07:21:22PM

I would have to agree with earlier poster - I get MUCH better results from VLC than from Quicktime with ALL formats, especially streaming formats. I haven't watched a stuttering QT movie in a while since switching. Just wish I could get Safari to use it as the default.



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Play any DivX file using QuickTime Player
Authored by: primedaz on Aug 27, '03 02:14:11AM

I use MPlayer, I find it plays it easier, but not with all the features of VLC, although version 2 is a dissapointment, the only improvement that is worthwhile is the seeking feature.

Anyway, what I've been thinking for a while is why doesn't apple firstly fix the avi bug, or even better, make another version of quicktime, quicktime lite perhaps, that can do everything vlc or mplayer does, but with apple support and integration.

My 2 cents..



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Play any DivX file using QuickTime Player
Authored by: primedaz on Aug 27, '03 07:08:41PM

Apple should do a nice job of a light player, call it iPlayer, with architecture similar to the kernel, ability to add and code modules, rather than codecs.

On the topic of codecs, what do people think about the ffmpegX quicktime codec? I find it much much better than 3ivx, it seems about as good as the DivX codec, although I've done no direct comparison. ffmpeg is more appealing because it should be able to play XVid.



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Play any DivX file using QuickTime Player
Authored by: Voorburg on Aug 27, '03 04:56:34AM

Warning!
Many of these plug-ins cause problems with iMovie.
When working with iMovie temporarily move them to another folder.



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XVID for mac and divx for less-power cpu's
Authored by: askariwa on Aug 28, '03 05:24:11AM

I have a ibook 500 with 128MB ram. The only software that can display SMOOTHLY a high-resolution divx movie with mp3 audio is Quicktime (with the Divx for mac plugin). VLC can do the same thing by enabling "hurry up" mode in the ffmpeg flag (at preferences options).
Mplayer can smooth playback only low-res movies correctly. I dont like div3 (i.e changing the movie archive) because i want to share the movies with the PC-world.
The XVID movies CAN be seen using this method : Open the divx file with Divx Tool (http://www.digital-10k.com/divx_tool/) and change the codec in Divx3/4/5 (try to find what it serves to you) and save the changes. Quicktime will open it without any problem with the video and sound.

If you have Titaniums or tons of ram you can still use my advice for less cpu consuming.
Have fun !



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Play any DivX file using QuickTime Player
Authored by: cram on Sep 01, '03 03:37:05PM

This is a trick I wanted to submit for some time, but I have been a little bit lazy about it.

One more thing : I have done extensive quality comparisons testings, and it is clear that 3ivx gives a much better video quality than the others for DivX files (my rank list : 3ivx, DivX and Mplayer, and VLC)



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Play any DivX file using QuickTime Player
Authored by: decachaun on Jan 21, '04 01:08:09AM

Honestly, having spent a good deal of time tinkering with all of them, I found I liked VLC the best. It's not perfect, but then... none of them are.

Playing DivX through QuickTime is nice in theory, but I find it gets so slow when I'm playing a full movie and any other applications are running, even on my realtively fast eMac. Worse still is the fact that you can't go fullscreen with it... which makes watching full movies feel distracted, and takes a lot of the magic away from movies that require a certain atmosphere.

I also found VLC was the easiest to get going (unlike some others, I find MPlayer's playlist convoluted). VLC also seemed to be among the best in terms of resolution, too. I was surprised to see how you rated them before, because I think MPlayer is by far the weakest of the group. My only problem with VLC is that it does seem to get a little choppy and unreliable at times. The choppiness is why I set out to find a better player in the first place, but after using every DivX player I could find for OS X, I realized that VLC, the first one I had, was still the best of the group... in my opinion at least.

Also, I wish that Apple would design their own, integrated DivX player, too... we'll see if that ever happens though. I can think of about 80 other things I'd love to see Apple do, too.



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Play any DivX file using QuickTime Player
Authored by: BlueRevolution on Sep 30, '04 11:27:10PM

VLC + iTunes covers everything I need for media. I'm too cheap to pay for QuickTime Pro and that damn "upgrade to QT Pro" notice you get whenever you launch annoys the hell out of me.



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