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DivX Plus Web Player: Not A Catch-All Solution

Can You Get Flash Without Adobe? Meet DivX Plus Web Player
Supported Web sites
  • Funny or Die
  • ESPN
  • CNTV Xiyou

It’s important to point out that DivX isn't offering a catch-all solution. It doesn't work as a comprehensive Flash Player replacement. So far, the list of supported Web sites is limited in scope. YouTube is the only major site that supports it. Keep in mind that video is the only type of Flash content that DivX accepts; there is no support for Flash-based animation or games.

HTML5 Video Tag
Supported Video Container
Supported Video Codec
Supported Audio Codec
MP3, AC3
H.264, MPEG-4 ASPAAC, MP4, AC3
H.264, MPEG-4 ASPMP3, AC3
H.264, MPEG-4 ASPMP3, AC3

DivX loves talking about HTML5 support, but we want to clarify a few points. HTML5 is just a Web element that marks a video for identification. For the moment, it’s technically blind with respect to file formats and codecs. So the HTML5 standard isn't really set in stone, and this is the cause of another debate. Fortunately, HTML5 and Flash video have something in common. The most pervasive codec for both standards continues to be H.264, so that's the one in which we're most interested.

Test Hardware

We tested DivX's plug-in with three systems. Intel's single-core Atom N450 remains the most prolific CPU in the netbook space, so it's a good one for testing the limitations of not having a hardware acceleration engine; it only supports MPEG-2 decoding, and relies on limited CPU horsepower for decoding H.264. AMD's E-350 offers something better than Atom, with the added benefit of H.264 hardware acceleration. Meanwhile, our Sandy Bridge-based system offers a glimpse into DivX on a more robust system.

Test Hardware
Intel Atom N450 (Single-Core, 1.66 GHz)
AMD E-350 APU (Dual-Core, 1.6 GHz)Intel Core i5-2500K, (Quad-Core, 3.3 GHz)
Hynix 1 GB DDR2-800
Kingston Hyper-X 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600
ASRock E350M1Asus P8P67 Deluxe
Intel GMA 3150
Broadcom Crystal HD (disabled)
AMD Radeon HD 6310
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Dell Inspiron Mini 1012
Power Supply
Seasonic 760 W, 80 PLUS
Adobe Flash Player
DivX Plus Web Player
DivX Plus Web Player 2.4
Operating System
Windows 7 Starter
Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bitWindows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
Graphics Driver8.14.10.2230
Catalyst 11.3
Benchmark and Settings

Flash Video Playback, Custom Tom's Hardware Benchmark

Web sites

YouTube: All Resolutions, Windowed and Full screen video tested


IE8 32-bit: 8.0.7600.1685
Firefox: 3.6.15

Adobe Flash Player Settings

Hardware Acceleration Enabled

Windows Settings
Aero enabled (disabled on Dell Mini 1012)

We played all Flash videos within the browser, only after the entire video was fully buffered. We also disabled wireless networking during playback. Furthermore, all CPU usage and FPS values were generated from complete video playback.

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