What is XviD?
XviD is the name of a popular new video codec being developed as an
open source project by volunteer
programmers from all over the world. The format was created to offer a free
alternative to other commercial video codecs, and despite being open source
its quality and efficiency has made it one of the most popular video codecs online.
While XviD still isn't as widely used as the DivX® codec, playback of XviD movies is usually
supported in new DVD players nowadays.
The XviD codec makes it possible to compress a full-length DVD-quality movie enough
to fit on a single CD (might require 2 CDs depending on the length of the movie),
while still maintaining the original image quality. Despite the fact that XviD movies
offer higher quality video at smaller file sizes they take less time to encode than MPEG-2
due to the incredible compression technology. The video is usually combined with MP3
or AC3 audio to enable both high quality video and audio. These factors and the fact
that the codec is distributed for free has contributed to the success of the format.
When you install the XviD codec it basically provides your system with specific
instructions how to compress and decompress video in the XviD format. Once you've
installed the XviD codec on your system you will be able to play XviD videos
using Windows Media Player or any other XviD-enabled player.
To download and install the codec, goto the XviD codec section.