Convert your DVD movies to DivX backups

If you've got loads of DVDs and want to ensure you never lose the cinema magic stored on those discs, this is the workshop for you. WINDOWS shows you how to convert your DVD movies into DivX backups with minimal fuss.

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By  Gareth Van Zyl Published  July 12, 2009

If you've got loads of DVDs and want to ensure you never lose the cinema magic stored on those discs, this is the workshop for you. WINDOWS shows you how to convert your DVD movies into DivX backups with minimal fuss.

What is DivX?

DivX is compression technology that allows you to view video that is the same quality as DVDs at what is often up to one tenth the size of DVD files. The DivX codec uses lossy MPEG-4 compression, which means that quality is balanced against the file size for utility. This level of compression makes it possible to put your DivX movie onto a CD.

Despite this high degree of compression, it is a high-quality video codec that is scalable from Mobile to HD, has wide adoption on PC & Mac, is licensable to 3rd party video software and is H.264-based. The DivX codec is currently one of the most popular codecs out there because of the range of DVD players that support this format.

You can even watch your DivX videos on mobile phones, set-top boxes, digital TVs, portable media players, gaming consoles such as the PlayStation 3, Blu-ray Disc Players and in-car entertainment systems. There are, in fact, over 100 million devices capable of playing DivX that have been shipped and 350 million DivX software downloads.

As of the advent of DivX 6, the scope of DivX now includes a codec and a player, which is made possible by adding a media container format. This format is referred to as the “DivX Media Format” (“DMF”) with a .divx extension that includes support for DVD-Video and VOB (video object) container like features.

You can download the latest version of DivX by visiting www.divx.com and going on to download the DivX media player to watch DivX movies on your computer. It comes with a number of components; such as a player, web player, community codec, converter and pro codec.

Make the conversion

It’s important to consider the legal issues that crop up when making DivX backups. As long as you’re just making backups for your own personal use and not selling or redistributing those copies, you should be fine in most countries from a legal perspective. However, this is open to interpretation; so, if you plan on distributing or selling your DivX backups, please be aware that you will be infringing upon copyright law.

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