Xvid QuickTime Component Basics (Mac Only)

XviD QuickTime Component






Six months ago, we took a sample of 146 movies that were listed at some of popular Torrent websites to see which video compression method was most widely used. 125 movies (85.6%) were compressed with Xvid. Surprisingly, DivX3 had the second place.





  • Xvid … 125 movies (85.6%)
  • DivX3 … 11 movies (7.53%)
  • DivX5 … 8 movies (5.48%)
  • DivX4 … 1 movie (0.68%)
  • 3ivx … 1 movie (0.68%)





  • What was more surprisingly is that none of the movies in the sample was compressed with DivX 6, which was first introduced in June, 2005.

    Thanks to Christoph Nägeli of Switzerland, Mac users have been able to use the most popular MPEG-4-based video codec. This ‘Xvid QuickTime Component’ is not a standalone application. Rather it’s a script that can be run by QuickTime Pro or other equivalent programs. There currently exist both PPC version and Intel-Mac version of Xvid component separately.

    In this VTC, we use an MPEG-2 video file to explain some of the features that are available in ‘Xvid QuickTime Component.’ Some of those features include

    key interval, 2-pass encoding, HQ Search, B-Frames, Q Pel, GMC, Trellis, Optimize Chroma, H.263 Quantizer and MPEG Quantizer.





  • This VTC version: 1.0
  • We use the PowerPC version of Xvid QuickTime Component along with MPEG Streamclip. Because we imported an MPEG-2 video clip, MPEG-2 Playback was required.
  • Video length: 11 minutes 5 seconds
  • Video format: QuickTime
  • Video compression: H.264
  • Video resolution: 720 x 540 pixels
  • Audio commentary: Not available





  • As of October 4, 2006, this video tutorial is no longer available to the general public because the software developer does not recognize our efforts in making it.





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