Importing .divx videos in Windows Movie Maker 6.0

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i hope that this topic is placed right in the Editing/Conversion part of the board.

First fo all, excuse my bad english. It’s not my mother tongue.

Now to my problem:
If I try to import a video which I recorded myself in .avi format and then converted to .divx with a programm called “Dr DivX”, an error occurs which says that the required codec is not installed on my computer. I installed the DivX Codec pack, the Xvid codec, the K-Lite codec pack-full and the K-Lite mega Codec pack. None of them did work.

So does anyone know which codec I need to import theese video files and where I get it?

Thank you.
Exilis. reply

.divx files are just .avi files with extra stuff (subtitles, chapters, etc.) Anything that can read .avi will read it and ignore the extras, but only programs designed to read .divx can read the extra.
My first try would be to rename the file extension to .avi. Make sure you have file extensions enabled. (In Windows XP it’s under classic control panel, folder options, view, then uncheck “hide file extensions for known file types”)
There’s also other possibilities (such as the file being truncated - but that’s so unlikely if you just outputted it from Dr. DivX), but try the rename file extension first.

P.S: Why not import your original AVI directly into movie maker? By an intermediate conversion, you lose some quality. reply


Well, i tried to change the .divx’s file to .avi. The problem is, that it’s new name is xxxxx.avi.divx, ".avi” is only a part of the name. Not the fule’s format. That’s because of the disabled file extensions i assume. So well, I use Windows Vista, not XP. Any ideas where to find it there?

And you also said that divx would just be a extended avi format. The converted divx file’s size is not as big as 10% of the original avi video. reply


I don’t know how to re-enable file extensions in Vista because I don’t have a copy on hand right now. If you look under control panel it’s usually under folder options. Another way to get there is if you have any explorer window open, if you look at tools, it should list folder options (at least on XP).

Exilis wrote:
And you also said that divx would just be a extended avi format. The converted divx file’s size is not as big as 10% of the original avi video.

You’re confusing codec with container. A container is like AVI, MKV, MOV, RM. It’s like a wrapper and in it you can have audio and video streams encoded in various codecs (For example Xvid, Cinepak, Indeo, etc.). One such video codec is DivX. There are many versions; the current one is DivX 6, with fourcc DX50 (it’s an identifying four character code).
DivX Networks made things confusing because they created a new container (with extension .divx) which is an extension of the AVI container. Basically it has the same name as the codec.
Back to what you’re saying: why is the original AVI much bigger? It has nothing to do with .AVI or .divx (that’s the container). It has all to do with the video codec the original file was encoded in - probably an older codec, lower compression settings, or maybe even uncompressed. If you had encoded in the DivX codec with the exact same parameters, but left the file in an AVI container (for example using VirtualDub), you would have an AVI file of roughly the same size as the .divx file you got. reply


DVD pyelar NEVER supports MKV. You’ll need to figure out what’s incorrect with the AVI. Use GSpot to figure out what codecs it really used. Kasey C, PC guru in view of the fact that Apple II daysMake it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot. reply


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