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Re: [vox-tech] wincast tv: video4linux and copying movies
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Re: [vox-tech] wincast tv: video4linux and copying movies



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On Tuesday 14 October 2003 12:04 pm, Foo Lim wrote:
> On Tue, 14 Oct 2003, Mark K. Kim wrote:
> > DivX's compression is definitely better than MPEG2.  And somehow MPEG4
> > and DivX is related but I'm not exactly sure how.  They seem to either
> > share compression techniques or have the ability to embed one format in
> > the other, or it's just a different name for the same thing -- I'm not
> > sure. Anyway, MPEG4 and DivX are very comparable and a video made in one
> > format seems to be playable in a player that understands the other
> > format.
> >
> > -Mark
>
> I think 'DivX ;-)' was originally reverse-engineered from MS's MPEG4
> codec.  Or the internals of the codec was hacked out.  That's why they
> used to be compatible, but the latest version of 'DivX ;-)' 5 (?) has
> enough modifications to not be MPEG4 compatible.

DivX is a MPEG-4 implementation. DivX Networks claims it is MPEG4 compatible. 
XviD is a GPL'd MPEG-4 codec, and it's FAQ says it is ISO MPEG-4 compliant.

Some say XviD is a better codec then DivX. I have no opinion. It has been 
gaining popularity as the codec to use for DVD rips. Not that I'd know 
anything about that. No sir, I'm a good little consumer. (Actualy, very few 
movies are worth the trouble to download...)

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