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    Does anyone know of a good software renderer that can up-convert a standard definition video (720x480) to high definition (1920x1080). I know, I know, it's going to be real HD, but is there good software that won't make it looked stretched or blurry. Film studios have been upscaling old movies to bluray, and it looks decent; so there must be some way it can be done. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTL2 View Post
    Does anyone know of a good software renderer that can up-convert a standard definition video (720x480) to high definition (1920x1080). I know, I know, it's going to be real HD, but is there good software that won't make it looked stretched or blurry. Film studios have been upscaling old movies to bluray, and it looks decent; so there must be some way it can be done. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    ~John
    Converting 4:3 to widescreen, you'll either have to stretch it or crop the top and bottom.

    What's the reason you want to do this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTL2 View Post
    Film studios have been upscaling old movies to bluray, and it looks decent; so there must be some way it can be done. Any suggestions?
    I would assume that they are going back to the orginal film stock, which is signficiantly higher res than 720x480.

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    i would certainly think they will refer back to origional stock.

    once your video is digital the pixels are as they are... meaning if you scale them the pixels will either enlarge and look blocky or will try to smooth out the pixels and create a sort of gradient between each pixel making your footage look blury.

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    Normally, I will just crop the video to make it fit 16x9 anyway.

    These are home videos and stuff that I've taken. The picture quality is decent, but I was trying to figure out if it was possible. Would Interlacing or Deinterlacing help at all?

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    No. It's likely that your video is interlaced. By deinterlacing, you will effectively lose resolution (using most processes) and therefore reduce quality.

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    Okay, then I'll make sure it stays that way when I capture. Thanks!

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    SO called upscaling is another get something for nothing myth that knobs in shops use to sell stuff.

    No one rides for free on the blu ray express.

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    Haven't used but check this program.

    Red Giant Software: Magic Bullet Instant HD Advanced 1.0
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    Red Giant Software = Snake Oil

    I wouldn't waste my money. Most current editing software can interpolate SD up to HD and this is just the same. It's just an extra plug-in which costs $300 and does the same job as your current software.

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