DVD/DivX standalone player

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by abcd, Apr 12, 2005.

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    abcd Guest


    I'm looking for a DVD player with DivX support for the living room. The
    device should be able to read DivX AVI movies directly off a DVD-R (with
    several movies per DVD-R media in this case of course), not just a CD-Rs.

    Any idea about where I can find a good device?

    abcd, Apr 12, 2005
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  2. Philips DVP642K

    (Or dvp630 which is more or less the same thing.)

    Mark Cranness, Apr 12, 2005
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    grolschie Guest

    I know a guy with a few of these. They floats his boat. Philips also
    release firmware for it, it would seem too.
    grolschie, Apr 12, 2005
  4. I have a DVP-642K/75 and while it does work, it is not the best unit
    in the world, but it was the only one that is readily available in New
    Zealand for a reasonable price at the time. I have had a number of
    problems with mine, including its first lock up requiring a power
    cycle last night. I am not very impressed by it, but it is fairly

    The problem I encounter most often is that if I push the next track
    button while in the middle of playing a track from a data DVD, when it
    starts to play the next track it will often stop after 1 second. If
    you push the system menu button twice (go into the menu and out again)
    it will then play normally, or if you use the fast forward buttons
    then push play.

    When you go backwards in some files, you can often wind up suddenly
    playing a loop of the last 1 or 2 seconds of the file. Only rarely
    does going backwards work correctly for more than a few seconds. This
    is on tracks from data disks - it does go backwards on authored DVDs.

    It does not play DivX files that have the optional QPEL or GMC
    options. The DivX spec does not require a unit to play such files,
    but they are becomming more common and some chipsets do play them, or
    at least the most common subset of them.

    It plays Xvid files, but fast forward, backwards and "go to" do not
    work at all on Xvid (they do work on DivX, sort of).

    It does not play any sound from AVI files that have PCM type audio
    tracks. It does play MP2, MP3 and AC3.

    The first one I got, I immediately tried to update its firmware and it
    crashed during the process, despite my having followed all the
    instructions from the Philips web site carefully. It was replaced
    under warrantee, and then I was told not to try updating the firmware
    again, by the Philips helpline and by L V Martins. Not good at all,
    since there are clear bugs in the firmware that might be fixed in a
    later version. L V Martins did say if I could bring it in and show
    them some bugs they might look at it for me, but I have not done that
    yet. I need to build a test DVD to demonstrate all the problems to
    them, but I have not found the time yet. I will have to before the
    warantee runs out.

    There is a Sony model available that plays DivX, but it only reads UDF
    formatted disks and I already had over 50 ISO formatted DVDs, so I
    could not use it. There might be a couple of other quite expensive
    models available here (Pioneer? Yamaha? Denon?).

    In Australia, there seems to be a quite nice cheap unit available,
    according to the reviews of it:


    It uses a better chipset than the DVP-642K/75.

    And they are working on what looks like a very nice (but more
    expensive) unit, but it is not available for a couple of months yet:

    Stephen Worthington, Apr 12, 2005
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    GraB Guest

    I use a Samsung DVD-V540 combo unit. No trouble with DivX playback.
    Don't know if they are still available though.
    GraB, Apr 12, 2005
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    abcd Guest

    There is a Sony model available that plays DivX, but it only reads UDF
    This one uses progressive scan technology. However I do need interlaced
    playback for DVD material (DVD encoded from DV footage).

    Does the Samsung support interlaced material (PAL 50fps, camcorder-like) or
    does it automatically turn that into progressive 25fps output?
    abcd, Apr 12, 2005
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    abcd Guest

    Sorry not the Samsung, I mean your Philips model.
    abcd, Apr 12, 2005
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    grolschie Guest

    grolschie, Apr 12, 2005
  9. If you're asking if the Philips dvp642 supports interlaced, the
    answer is yes.

    It will only output progressive if the setup menu is set to output
    progressive, otherwise it outputs normal interlaced.

    (IIRC, the progressive output might not work with DivX anyway.)

    Although I'm happy with mine, I agree with Stephen Worthington

    Mark Cranness, Apr 12, 2005
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    Craig Shore Guest

    Why not store the files on your computer and use something like this


    There's another ozzie one that's wireless too, but I can't find the link at the
    Craig Shore, Apr 13, 2005
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    Lukagain Guest

    I'm looking for a DVD player with DivX support for the living room. The
    If you do go for the Phillips, checkout its macrovision status if
    that's of any import to you. Some of the earlier firmwares didn't have
    it enabled. I haven't bothered trying to rollback my DVP640K/75, since
    it's not an issue for me.
    Can't say that the updated firmware did anything else worthy of

    BTW, PBWellington have a Digitrex which could be worth checking out,
    Lukagain, Apr 13, 2005
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    shannon Guest

    shannon, Apr 13, 2005
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    -=rjh=- Guest

    The major failing of both of these devices (IMHO of course) is that they
    both *require* Windows on the server to run. Why? I cannot see any
    technical reason why this should be necessary. Surely all they have to
    do is mount and browse a remote filesystem?

    Another issue with these devices (and this applies to almost any
    dedicated media device) is that while DivX might be the flavour of the
    month, what happens when a new format becomes popular? Firmware updates
    for these devices are unlikely. Then we have exactly the same situation
    that the OP has now, it just applies to a different device.

    -=rjh=-, Apr 14, 2005
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    Chris Bailey Guest

    I have a Digitrex GK4000 home dvd player and it does all of the above
    including DivX. CD-R, CD-RW,
    DVD-R DVD-RW +R, -R, mpeg4, you name it, it plays it.
    I have had it for nearly a year now and it has performed flawlessly.
    I bought it from PB Technologies in Auckland but at the time Noel Leeming
    had it as well.
    It was around $250.00 or there abouts.

    Hope this helps, Chris
    Chris Bailey, Apr 14, 2005
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    Chris Bailey Guest

    Here's a link to PB Tech in Wellington

    Auckland is www.pbtech.co.nz

    cheers, Chris
    Chris Bailey, Apr 14, 2005
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    GraB Guest

    Out of interest, can you zoom the DivX playback with the Digitrex?
    You can't with my Samsung player.
    GraB, Apr 14, 2005
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    Craig Shore Guest

    Craig Shore, Apr 15, 2005
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    shannon Guest

    It does now.
    shannon, Apr 15, 2005
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    Chris Bailey Guest

    Yup, just went and rechecked with a divx movie and it zooms fine.
    Chris Bailey, Apr 15, 2005
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    GraB Guest

    Nice. DivX works well for fullscreen movies, indistinguishable from
    the original DVD when viewed on TV. But I hate those ultra widescreen
    DVDs on TV and usually zoom in one level, but can't with DivX.
    GraB, Apr 15, 2005
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