Xvid is an MPEG-4 video codec which can be installed onto your computer to help play different types of video. No matter where you try and obtain these types of files from, the author will probably have used some kind of compression in order to lower the file size to make it easier to distribute. This is better for those on lower internet connections who have limited amounts of bandwidth and those who want to download videos without waiting a long time for it to be completed. There are many different ways of doing this that can be effective but the problem is that your computer won’t know how to decompress them afterwards so that it can play them. The software that is used to sort this issue out for you is called a codec, it takes a video with a specific compression method and then turns it into something that your machine can understand. Xvid is one of these, we’ll talk about it more in this article.
In 2001 a codec was created by DivXNetworks called OpenDivX which helped with the MPEG-4 format and was built for Windows mainly. It was open source, something that is very important these days (as we’ll explain very shortly). However, whilst this was the case, only DivX employees had write access to the project which made it very difficult for the rest of the community to get involved, which is why people lost interest in it after a small amount of time. It reached the stage where there were no changes in it for months at a time, so people realised that something had to change and this is where Xvid came in. It achieved the same job but was run by the community so updates were much more frequently released.
A benefit of it being open source in this way is that more and more features can be added by other users around the world even when the core development team don’t have the time to work on it. Updates are essential for applications like this to keep up with the latest video standards which are constantly evolving. Companies are constantly looking for new ways to reduce the file sizes of them without destroying the quality – as HD and blu-ray are being used more and more, the difficulty in transporting the data also increases so new compression techniques are being released to solve this. Xvid handles a lot of methods and is often all that you need to install to get things working so it should be something that you look into. On this page, we’re going to give you a lot more information about how it can be used.
There are some requirements that you may need to know about too. It has been developed for the Windows operating system so you need to be aware of this, although the vast majority of people will be running on this anyway. It doesn’t really matter which version you have installed as it runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and even 8, although if you’re running on the older versions we do suggest that you upgrade by now. If you’re in the minority of people who are running either Mac OS X or Linux then you may need to find an alternative as we can’t provide it, although it is rumored that the developers are working on ported versions for both of these so you won’t be without them for much longer. Keep checking back regularly for updates, although most people won’t need to worry anyway. Alternative versions have already been produced on these operating systems by unofficial developers who want to make sure that everyone is able to experience the great technology that it offers to use all free of charge.