DivX is a family of video codecs and container formats created by DivXNetworks. The format is most notable for being the first video codec for the Microsoft AVI container format that allowed for reasonable video streaming over the internet and allowed for a DVD (4.7GB of data) to be compressed to fit on a CD (~700MB of data). As such it was the codec of choice among early file traders–the majority of all pirated movies traded in the early 2000s were encoded via DivX.
Note: DivX the codec should not be confused with DIVX, the failed DVD rental service piloted by Circuit City in late 1990s.
- By Jason Fitzpatrick on 03/10/13