What is Xvid?
The Xvid Video Codec (previously XviD) is a type of a video codec library that is the primary competitor of the DivX video codec, and actually owing its name to the latter. Xvid was first conceived in 2001 as a free and open source version of a new version of DivX, which was closed-source, and came about because of the “open” version of DivX was too restrictive and bug reports were not fixed properly. In response to this the encore2 version of the DivX source code became the origin of the first Xvid codec, and has since enjoyed tremendous success with both movie encoders (such as those ripping from DVDs) and end users who may wish to enjoy videos in different formats. One huge contrast of the Xvid video codec to its parent and competitor is that it is a freeware distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), unlike the DivX codec which is proprietary.
The Xvid video codec follow the MPEG-4 2 standard, or more properly known as the MPEG-4 Part 2 Advanced Simple Profile (ASP). Like most ASP codecs, Xvid features advanced ASP capabilities such as H.263 and pixel motion compensation, among others.
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