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Video Upscaler: Enhance Video Quality with Higher Resolution

By Emily Watson, Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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

Case 2: "I have 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 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 video resolution.

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

  • Resize video for a specific mobile device, TV, or video player. For example, you have a video of 640*480 resolution on iPhone, but your Samsung Smart TV can only support to play MPEG1 video in 1920*1080 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 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 in bigger screen with higher quality, enhance low quality CCTV footage, fix a blurry videos, 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 you Win/Mac PC, launch FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate. Click "Add files" to add video files. If you need to add videos from DVD, click Load Disc. Most video formats are supported by the program.

Add Files

Step 2. Upscale Resolution

Click "Video Enhance" to enter the video enhancing interface. Tick "Upscale resolution" and then click "Apply" on the bottom. If you have added multiple video files, you can also select "Apply to All" to upscale video resolution in bulk.

Upscale Video Resolution

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 Apply.

  3. Click "Effect", you can then adjust 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

Step 3. Convert Video to Higher Resolution

After upscaling the video resolution, the program will automatically set output format to a suitable one. If you want to further increase the video resolution, click Profile and select HD or 4K formats to convert the SD video to HD or 4K quality.

Select HD Video Profile

Step 4. Output Enhanced Video to PC

Choose the "Convert" button on the bottom right corner. The program will then begin to upscale video resolution and convert it to the format you have chosen. Wait till the enhancement to complete. Then you can enjoy a high-resolution video on the program if you like.

Converting Video

What Else Can Video Converter Ultimate Do?

Other than video quality enhancer, FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate 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, open SWF files without opening the internet browser, convert 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.

PawEditor 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 PawEditor on your computer.


Step 1 Open PawEditor and create a new project.

Step 2 Add the video you want to upscale to PawEditor's media library. And drag the video to one track of Timeline.

Add Video to Timeline

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

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

Export Video

Step 5 In the Resolution, select a resolution preset(720p, 1080p, 500×500, 720×540, etc.) or select Custom and enter resolution values you like. 

Step 6 Click Export. 

Change Resolution

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