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DVD Upscaling: How to Upscale DVD 480P to 1080P HD without Quality Loss?

After you switch to an HDTV or even Ultra HD 4K TVs, you may find that the DVDs which look good on older devices are now awful on the bigger screen. There are smearing and pixelation that make the movie basically unwatchable. Why? The 480P DVD is so small that it takes only ~16% of the display area of a 1080P HDTV. To fit the screen, the 480P DVD video is often upscaled up to 1080P to cover the whole TV screen. That's called DVD upscaling. Computers, media players, DVD/Blu-ray players, and TVs generally feature an upscaling function. But this doesn't mean they are doing a good job. In this post, we're going to show you how to upscale DVDs to 1080P with good quality.

Play DVD on 1080P display
Play DVD on 1080P display

Free Download the Best DVD Upscaling Software

It is generally known that upscaling DVD/video always brings artifacts. But software with an advanced algorithm can maximize the output quality. Here the DVD to 1080p upscaling software we find is called WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.

  • It lets you rip 576/480p/i DVD to 640P/720P/1080P HD, etc. in MP4, H.264, MOV, AVI, WMV, and more.
  • Its advanced High Quality Engine, based on the Deep Convolutional Neural Networks, will make the residual lines of an image edge thinner.
  • The De-interlacing feature will remove interlace artifacts and convert 480i to 480P DVD video for later upscaling.
  • It will upscale any DVDs, including old DVD collections, encrypted movies, home burned discs, new DVDs, etc.

How to Upconvert DVD to 1080P without Quality Loss?

Download and install the DVD upscaling software on your computer and insert the DVD into the disk drive.
Free download the Windows version
Free download the macOS version

Step 1: Load the DVD

Run the DVD upscaling software and click the DVD Disc button. Select your DVD and let the software analyze the disc.

Step 2: Select an output format

The DVD ripping software will automatically remove any encryption on the DVD and detect the correct title. After that, a window will pop up asking you to set an output format. To get the best result, you're suggested to rip DVD to MP4 for upscaling. Go to General Profiles and select MP4 Video from the list.

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Rip dvd to HD mp4

Step 3: Upscale DVD resolution to 1080P

Back to the main interface, click the gear button next to the selected output profile. Find Resolution and open the drop-down menu. Select 1920x1080 to upscale DVD 480P to 1080P and click OK. In fact, you can change DVD resolution to 720P, 800P, 1200p, etc.

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Change DVD resolution to 1080p

Tips: If you want to adjust the DVD resolution to fit widescreen, other higher resolution display with a specific size, click the Customize button next to the Resolution and enter the length and width you need.

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Adjust DVD resolution for widescreen

Step 4: Start to upconvert DVD

After all the settings, click the big blue RUN button and start the DVD upscaling and ripping. Before that, don't forget to check the High Quality Engine and Deinterlacing boxes on the main interface. It will ensure the best possible DVD upscaling quality.

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Start to upscale DVD

By converting a DVD to a higher resolution, you can also create better videos for YouTube. As we all know, YouTube will compress unpopular videos to save space and bandwidth, thus it can give more bandwidth and better compressions to popular YouTubers. In other words, your video will get lots of compression and lose quality. If you're creating a DVD video for YouTube, you'd better upscale it so that on a normal HD monitor, the video looks OK after the compression.

Results and Techs of DVD to 1080P Upscaling

* How do most upscaling DVD players do?

DVDs are either 720×480 pixels (NTSC) or 720×540 pixels (PAL). When a DVD is played on an HD display at 1920x1080P, namely the 345,600 pixels or 388,800 pixels need to be displayed on 2073600 pixels. The way the HDTV sets upscale DVD video fit the 1080P widescreen is by making each pixel from the video occupy 6 or 5.33 pixels on the monitor. As most sets apply a poor scaling algorithm, the DVD looks blurrier than the original video at the original resolution. Most DVD upscaling players do the exact same thing – they simply enlarge the image and don't improve DVD quality in essence. High-end players run an algorithm to determine when a pixel is one color or another, which requires a mathematical comparator operation.

Is there any quality difference between upscaled DVD and Blu-ray? Definitely, quality of DVD upscaling won't match that of a native Blu-ray disc or HD DVD. This is because the scaling algorithm, whether it is applied by HDTV or upscaling DVD player, doesn't add more detail than is already present. Compared with Blu-ray, upscaled DVD looks flatter and softer in blackground, with reds and blues.

* How does WinX DVD Ripper Platinum upscale DVDs

When upscaling a DVD to 1080P, the built-in High Quality Engine will apply. How does it work? It's based on the Deep Convolutional Neural Networks to find the edge of the video image. Then the edge-refinement algorithm will work to make the residual lines thinner. The thinner the residual lines are, the less blurry an image is. This method can prevent pixelization and blurry outcomes, making the upscaled 1080P DVD video watchable on a bigger screen. Below are some upscaled results:

Upscale 480p DVD to 1080p
DVD 480P to 1080P
Upscale DVD to 1080p
Upscale DVD to 1080p
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author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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