Also you can keep in check with several different sites. Try checking out http://www.isonews.com reguraly to see what was releasesd most recently. Also, try hanging on IRCs EFnet. There are a lot of people who do their own encoding. If you keep up with the “market” then you can have lots of different releases as they come out…
A question that I can really help out on whoohoo! I personally have a supernews account (25 bucks for 10 gigs of transfer) because their newsgroups are fast and hold A LOT of messages of a LONG time. The only newsgroup I would goto for Divx movies is alt.binaries.movies.divx they usually have a whole load of them there. If you are a survivor fan all of the episodes are posted on alt.binaries.multimedia just a day or so after they are aired. If you don’t wish to pay for good newsgroups and your suck, I would recommend using mIRC found at http://www.mirc.com it is a chat program that allows you to download files and such. I personally find that on Dalnet servers (they are all connected) the channel #Shadowrealm is hosted by the divx people, else just list all the channels and try the divx ones. If you have any questions on any of this just post again, I’ll keep an eye out and see if I can help you anymore.
DIVX was a standard supported by Circuit City, and its’ main feature was that you could rent movies a la Blockbuster that would self-destruct after playing it once, thus not having to return anything to the store. Of course, you needed a special DVD player to read these. This standard was about as popular as quadrophonic sound and died a nearly silent death.
Nearly silent, aside from computer geeks, who stole/found/reverse engineered the codec and began posting movies on the net with it. I don’t know if they still self-destruct (I would assume not), but it has become fairly popular. While most of its’ uses are ‘ilicit’, they might not necessarily be ‘illegal’, as many of the DivX’s are uncopyrighted porn. True, there are some copied movies out there, but usually they are size prohibitive to download, even with a wide bandwidth connection.
So, the OP probably just wants to find some good quality downloadable porn so he can stare at his computer instead of interacting with the rest of the world. Perfectly normal; perfectly healthy.
Note that some content on these sites may concern itself with DVD copying against the wishes of copyright holders.
However, IMHO the real importance of MPEG-4 is that it enables independent producers to put hours of original DVD-quality video in the smaller space of a CD… which we can create and duplicate on ordinary domestic computer CD recorders… thus avoiding the expense and obstructions of DVD mastering and duplication.
Here’s the link I was lookijng for earlier, about the open-source MPEG-4 codec: Project Mayo.
dinotrack, my impression is that this unfortunately-named OpenDivX MPEG-4 codec is not now a reverse-engineered version of anything, but is a new implementation of the open MPEG-4 standard.
The original DivX:-) codec (whose name apparently included the emote characters) may have been reverse-engineered or cracked; I don’t know.
AFAIK, the distinguishing feature of the DIVX rental DVD system was an additional layer of security, or whatever, over more-or-less-normal DVD content. The security interacted with special DVD players. The coding of the DVD content itself was standard. I think.
First off, thanks to all for eradicating my ignorance on the whole DivX/DivX thing. (Sheesh, and I thought they were just running out of TLAs. Now the four-letter stuff gets duplicated, too?).
So. If I understand correctly, the General Question on the table is “where can I find independently produced films in the DivX format whose creators have consented to public dissemination of their works” and not “Where can I swipe some pirated movies that have been converted to the DivX format,” correct?
The DivX compression technology is based on MPEG-4 compression technology. I would post links to sites explaining it in more detail, but the ones I’ve seen are without exception warez sites, so I won’t bother. It isn’t exactly a whiter-than-white technology, though:
The DVD content to be found on Circuit City DIVX discs was definitely on the “less” end of the “more-or-less normal” scale. IIRC, they had no widescreen, no subtitles, no alternate tracks, and basically no extras.