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DivX v5.03 released

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 25 Jan 2003 9:22 User comments (7)

DivX v5.03 released After eight months since the last official update, DivXNetworks has released a new, updated version of the mega-popular video codec, DivX.
New version, v5.03, includes various improvements over the previous version. Most notable change is probably the Nth Pass technology; allowing more than one pass in VBR multi-pass encoding. In an unfortunate side, DivXNetworks has opted to remove the support for MP4 wrapper in this version, although they promise in the changelog that this will be restored in upcoming versions.

As usual, you can download the DivX v5.03 Standard from here and the DivX v5.03 Professional (adware) from here. The full changelog for v5.03 is here:


  • Support for interlaced video in the decoder. Preserving the interlaced fields of interlaced video may sometimes result in better video quality during playback.
  • New de-ringing post-processing algorithm. The new algorithm improves the perceived video quality during playback. It is activated when the post-processing level is set to Level 6.
  • Video Buffer Verifier (VBV) model (one and two pass encoding). The VBV ensures that the maximum peak bit rate never exceeds either the user's inputted "maximum peak" bit rate value or/and ensures that the encoded stream never violates the buffer of an MPEG-4 compliant decoder. This helps to prevent decoding failure in both hardware and software where memory may be limited yet compliant to the MPEG-4 standard as defined in ISO/IEC 14496-2:2001(E). In order for DivX video to be successfully delivered over a restricted channel in real time to a decoder, the encoder's rate control must ensure that the decoder's buffer is not violated. When this is done properly, then overflow and underflow will never occur and the encoder is said to be "VBV compliant." It makes no difference whether the video is encoded in 1-pass or many, in real-time or offline. It is the encoder's rate control that must ensure compliance. There are three main requirements of a VBV-compliant rate control algorithm, in order of importance:
    1. VBV compliance. When VBV parameters are specified (size, initial occupancy, channel characteristics) the rate control should avoid producing video that is in danger of violating the decoder's buffer. Bitstream stuffing may be used in extreme cases to prevent overflow in true CBR systems. Underflow must be prevented by increasing frame quantiser or by dropping frames.
    2. Target bitrate. We aim to meet the user's requirements as accurately as possible here. This is directly related to filesize.
    3. Good-looking video. Rate control should aim to produce the subjectively best quality video given other constraints. Consistency is important here as changes in quality are very noticeable and video is often judged by the worse quality segment in the whole sequence.
  • Nth Pass™ encoding. Another new addition to the rate control arsenal, Nth Pass™ encoding takes advantage of information available from previous analysis (or analyses) of the video sequence. Nth Pass encoding uses information garnered from previous passes through the video sequence, which can improve quality with each pass. There are four main steps to Nth Pass encoding:
    1. Analysis (the first pass)
    2. Map generation (where the results of analyses are processed)
    3. Strategy generation (strategist examines map of the video sequence and creates a strategy that will best achieve the three VBV RC requirements)
    4. In-loop nth pass rate control (uses information from the map and strategy to effect rate control that best fulfills the three requirements)
  • Support for DivX Certified Profiles. With the new DivX Certification program, DivXNetworks is enabling third parties to create "DivX Certified" products that are rigorously tested and fully compatible with the entire suite of DivX® video technologies. There are four levels of official DivX Certified video products: Handheld Video Devices, Portable Video Devices, Home Theater Video Devices and High Definition Video Devices. These levels quickly and clearly communicate what type and size of DivX video are supported on the certified device. Now, when you encode video, you have the option to force your video to comply with one of the DivX Certified Profiles to ensure that your video will play back properly on certified products.
  • DivX Decoder verification logo. There is a new semi-transparent DivX Logo that will appear by default for a few seconds any time you use the DivX decoder to watch a DivX video. This instantly lets you know you're watching a true DivX® video. You can turn the display of the logo on or off in the codec properties dialog.
  • New internal application programming interface (API). The internal API of the codec was changed to better accommodate integration with third party partners. This only affects you if you are a DivX licensee and are working directly with the DivX object code. The external API (e.g., DirectShow, etc.) remains unchanged.


  • The motion estimation algorithm is better optimized for High Definition resolutions (up to 1080p, or 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution
  • The pre-processing performance is now improved with with the IYUY 4:2:0 color space


  • Removed MP4creator and the MPEG-4 file output option due to some compliance issues. This will return in our next release once these issues are resolved.
  • Removed the Intelligent IVTC functionality due to persistent problems caused by lack of variable frame rate file format support. This technology will be back soon in a new form...
  • Changed the block skipping threshold for high quantizers, which improves visual quality when high quantizers are used.


  • Fixed a bunch of little cosmetic bugs in the DirectShow decoder properties page.
  • Fixed a bug where the last P frame before an I frame was not displayed when Smooth Playback was selected.
  • Fixed a practically unnoticeable YUV->RGB16 color conversion rounding bug.
  • Fixed a bug that was the cause of some of VirtualDub's "Cannot Start Video Compression" errors.
  • Fixed a few issues with DivX 3.11 compatibility.
  • Modified the decoder to deal with a bug in the old OpenDivX encoder that set the scalability bit incorrectly in certain cases. The DivX decoder can now detect this problem and play the content properly.
  • Fixed a problem where some rounding operations were not done toward zero, as is required by section 7.4 of the spec. This fixed an intra case in MPEG-2 inverse quantization.
  • Fixed a bug where some frames would be corrupted by an out-of-range error.
  • Fixed several rounding issues related to MMX/SSE/SSE2 optimizations.
  • Fixed an MMX bug in RGB32 color conversion.

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7 user comments

125.1.2003 11:22

Damn, has it really been 8 months? Hopefully the next release will include that Radeon-optimization. I wouldn´t mind if my graphics card could function as a hardware DivX-decoder.

225.1.2003 17:53

Dunno about Divx...... it seems to have a little bit too much of Windows Media 9 in it if you ask me. -- mgb --

326.1.2003 4:40

cool man .. finally

426.1.2003 12:54

Nice pretty certificates telling you it's a *real* DivX product, Doh! all we want if for it to work proper, if it plays then it works! Doh! Wha a pointless exercise in coding. Won't be long before this standard is screwed, and we end up the same as WMP9 and RealONE. i.e. Stuttering streaming video 'cos of all the encrypion and not being able to watch the file anyway 'cos the software decides that your system is not compatible. Apart from that, the world looks rosey :D

Play Atari today, it won't break-down tomorrow ;-)

526.1.2003 13:59

Don't forget to get your password from the content-provider's website; be sure to download your paid 'license-unlock' key along with the video; don't change hard drives or OS; don't let anything expire; keep your account member$hip up to date; enjoy all the adware; remember that 99.999999% of all standalone dvd players don't have a clue who 'DiVx;-)' is, and then *sure*, the new Divx 5.03 starts to look *REAL*(r) good. Oh yeah! I just gotta get me some o' that thar DeeVeex stuff !!! Current Divx = Win Media 9 in sheep's clothing. -- Mikey -- (sniff.....I miss Liquid Audio, Real Media and my old 8-track tape cartridges). [wiping eyes] boo-hoo.

626.1.2003 16:34

i have the same oppinion with all of it ..

726.1.2003 16:34

i have the same oppinion with all of it ..

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