While the name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, DivX 10.8.2 is still pretty much the first and last word in powerful and free video converters.

But what a lot of people don’t realize is that DivX is so much more. In fact one of the best things about the latest version, DivX 10.8.2, is the stylish universal video player that comes with the downloadable software bundle as standard. I don’t think I’d be going too far by stating that the video player on its own is worth the download.

The DivX video player: Simple but elegant.

 

Unviveral codecs, universal appeal

One of the core strengths of DivX has always been its ability to appeal to both novice and advanced users at the same time. The interface looks good, and is very easy to use. That interface at the same time, can be be utilized for some pretty advanced hardcore video conversion by professionals and experienced users. DivX has actually won a plethora of awards over the years for its software offerings. It can convert and play just about any video file you want and gives you plenty of advanced control over your product.

Its video software includes everything you need to play, create, and stream all the most popular digital video formats, including DivX, MKV and HEVC up to 4K, and it also has the support and ability to play formats that are pretty much obsolete.

New and improved

As always, with every new version, the array of plugins for DivX only seem to get better.

The new Cloud Connect plugin for example, means that DivX can sync videos from both Google Drive and Dropbox. The user interface is both incredibly simple to master and also looks good. Just a couple of clicks will see you downloading and uploading videos from multiple cloud storage accounts into one place. Cloud Connect also allows you to easily access videos from your cloud storage so you can watch them in the rather excellent DivX Player. The best thing about the DivX player is the fact it just automatically plays with no messing or fussing, and does a great job of doing it with the best aspect, refresh rate, etc, whether you are watching on a monitor or a projector. You can also convert any video or media into a different format with the DivX Converter.

Adverts! But they don’t get in the way, and are at least small and unobtrusive, unlike some other video software…

Converting media can sometimes be a real pain which is why It’s really that easy to use: add or drag your files, select the desired output quality (from 320×240 to 1920×1080) and in no time at all get the DivX files you desire. Moreover, you can add or remove subtitles, combine your files in one video, limit file size, or set the video bit-rate so you get the most out of your own videos.

Any downsides?

Yes, and no.

For most of us, the free to use version is pretty much the only video player and conversion program you will ever need. On the flip side, more experienced users could find themselves annoyed that some of the more advanced features are hidden away behind a paywall. On the flip side however, at least you can get an all access pass for 15 days to see if its worth the money, which is probably fair enough.

But mostly, DivX 10.8.2 is completely free forever. What’s even better is the fact you can download it right here from FileHippo.com. You have nothing to lose by trying it, and I think you’ll be glad you installed it.