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CNET News.com: Hackers' video technology goes open source

Jan 17, 2001, 08:09 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Borland)

"The developers of hacker video technology DivX are going public, opening up much of their work to the open source community...."

"DivX has been touted by some as the technology that could do for video online what MP3 did for music."

"The technology itself doesn't allow hackers to break through the anti-copying protections on DVDs. But used in conjunction with technologies that do facilitate this, DivX allows full movies to be transmitted relatively quickly online and stored on a single CD. The compressed files retain the quality of a good VCR picture or better."

"The DivX code is based on the MPEG-4 video standard, a successor to the technology that gave the world the popular MP3 audio format. Several companies, including Microsoft, have created their own versions of MPEG-4 technologies."

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