Video Upscaler: Enhance Video Quality with Higher Resolution

author Emily Watson
date Friday, March 12, 2021

Case 1: "How do I increase my video resolution from 480p to 720p. I am uploading my video on Youtube. Any program, maybe?"

Case 2: "I have a video file (MP4) of 176X 144 resolution and is going to make a VCD with this file. But it'll become blurry when watching on TV. So can I improve the resolution or video size?"

Resolution refers to the number of pixels per unit of the area displayed on a screen and is usually expressed as width × height. There are 3 commonly used video resolutions: Standard Definition (SD), High Definition (HD), and 4K (UHD). 720p, for instance, is usually known as HD resolution and contains 1280 x 720 pixels.

To enhance video quality, sometimes you need upscale video resolution. Since Windows or Mac doesn't come with a default resolution enhancer, this post will introduce 2 effective video quality enhancers to increase video resolution without losing quality. You can use the software to enhance CCTV video image, improve dark video, upscale 480p to 720p/1080p/4K, and more.

Video Resolution

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Why Does Changing Video Resolution Help?

There are mainly two reasons why you want to change the video resolution.

  • Improve video quality. High video resolution usually means high video quality, thus increasing resolution is one way to enhance the video and get better picture quality.

  • Resize a video for a specific mobile device, TV, or video player. For example, you have a video of 640480 resolution on the iPhone, but your Samsung Smart TV can only support playing MPEG1 video in 19201080 resolution. To play the video on the Smart TV, you may want to convert low resolution to high resolution.

Best Video Resolution Enhancer to Improve Video Quality

Improving video resolution could enhance video quality but video resolution is not the only factor that decides video quality. Therefore, instead of simply changing video resolution, FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate (opens new window) can make video quality better in four ways:

  • Work as a video upscaler to upscale resolution in one click;

  • Convert low-resolution video to high resolution, such as convert SD video to HD, convert video to 4K;

  • Adjust brightness and contrast to improve dark video quality;

  • Reduce shaking to stabilize videos and denoise video and make video clearer;

  • Improve the light and color balance of a video by adjusting hue, saturation, brightness, and contrast.

It supports video in a wide range of formats (MKV, AVI, WMV, MP4, FLV, and MP3, WAV, M4A, WMA, 3GP, MJPEG, etc.). With this video resolution converter, you can enjoy SD videos on a bigger screen with higher quality, enhance low-quality CCTV footage, fix a blurry video, brighten dark videos, convert old/DVD video to HD, etc.

Download the free trial version of FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate to gain a better video watching experience.

Upscale Resolution to Increase Video Quality

Step 1. Add Low-Quality Video Files

On your Win/Mac PC, launch FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate. Switch to the Toolbox tab and click on the Video Enhancer. You will be asked to add a video to the Video Enhancer. Just click the "+" button then browse and choose the low-quality video file from your computer.


Step 2. Upscale Resolution

Tick "Upscale resolution" and you can choose the video output format and resolution below. The higher the resolution, the clearer the output video. After you finish setting the parameter, click Preview to see if you are satisfied with the outcome. If not, you can set the resolution again.

Upscale Video Resolution

Step 3. Convert Video to Higher Resolution

Click Enhance and the program will output the final result directly. You will see a prompt saying the video enhancement is completed and the enhanced video will pop out automatically. Click OK to close or click Enhance again to make further improvement.

Enhance Complete

Optional Steps to Improve Video Quality:

  1. If the video is too dark, tick "Optimize Brightness and Contrast" to brighten up the video.

  2. If the video is blurry or shaky, choose "Remove video noise" or "Reduce video shaking" before clicking Enhance.

  3. After the video is enhanced and outputted, you can add it back to the Video Converter and click "Edit", a star icon beside the video, you can then adjust the brightness, contrast, hue, and saturation of the video to make the video quality better.

  4. If you have videos shot by interlaced video cameras and need to view the interlaced videos on PC or mobile device, tick Deinterlacing, which can significantly upgrade the quality of a video.

Adjust Video Effect

What Else Can Video Converter Ultimate Do?

Other than video quality enhancers, FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate (opens new window) is also a video converter program. Besides converting normal video to HD or even 4K video, the video converter can also convert the video into the formats that certain devices support. For example, with the help of this video converter, you can play MKV on PS3 (opens new window), open SWF files (opens new window) without opening the internet browser, convert the video to GIF. The method is simple.

Convert Video to Other Format

If you find this program helpful, download the free version on your Mac or Win PC right now.

Alternative: Increase Video Resolution with a Video Editor

If, instead of a video converter, you need a video editor more. You can also change video resolution with a professional video editor.

Icecream Video Editor (opens new window) is a desktop program that can enhance a video with easy steps. It has different resolution options(SD/HD) for you to choose from. Or you can input a custom resolution to convert the video to the quality you like.

Moreover, the editor can enhance video quality by applying filters, effects, etc. to a video, adjusting brightness/colors/contrast, cutting, cropping, and more.

Install Icecream Video Editor on your computer.

Download (opens new window)

Step 1 Open Icecream Video Editor and create a new project.

Step 2 Add the video you want to upscale to Icecream Video Editor's media library. And drag the video to the video track.


Step 3 You can adjust brightness, contrast, hue, and more to enhance the video quality.

Step 4 When you are done editing the video, click the Export video which will open the Export window.

Export Video

Step 5 In the Resolution, select a resolution preset (720p, 1080p, 1600x900, 1280x720, etc.).

Step 6 Click Export.

Change Resolution

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