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Solved: How to Choose the Correct DVD Resolution for Playing

By Tony Moton

March 02, 2018

One of our daily recreation activity is to watch home movie with our family since our childhood. So there must be some old DVD collection you want to enjoy again to savor the good memory along with the movie. But thanks to the advanced technology, modern TV screens are capable of displaying high definition (HD) image. Unfortunately, the old DVD only have a 480p resolution, known as standard definition (SD). A SD image will undoubedtly look vague or small on the HD screen. What can you do to avoid that?


Part 1. Basic Information about Resolution

Before you move to next part, you should know some basic concepts about resolution.

Firstly, the resolution of a video is the number of pixels in horizontal and vertical dimension that the video can display natively. In general, the more pixels you have on the video, the more detailed the picture on the screen will appear.

See the picture for resolutions for DVD, 720P, 1080P and Ultra HD (4k). You should know that DVD only has a 480p definition.


Secondly, video looks best when the source video is displayed on the screen that match its native resolution. But with the wildly spreading existence of HDTV sets, it has become necessary to make old SD content to fit newer and bigger screens. This is where the concept of video scaling comes in. Without scaling, a 480p video will only make up about 16% of the total display area.

480p on 1080p

Thirdly, upscaling has a defect. Most sets have lousy scaling algorithms and do a rather poor job enlarging the image. All modern HDTV sets perform video scaling, which means they can enlarge smaller image to fit the display screen. For example, you import a 480p video into HDTV set, the set scales the image up to their native resolution of 1080p. But it doesn't mean it is always a good thing as the image will look a lot vaguer.

Part 2. Upgrade SD DVD to HD Video for Playing

To solve the poor image problem, you have to copy with its upscaling algorithms. This is one approach: you can circumvent the algorithms in the HDTV set by providing a signal that has already been upscaling by a superior upscaling algorithm. If your HDTV set receives a signal for a video source already in its native format then it will be tricked to accept the signal and no scaling algorithm will be performed. This kind of signal can be sent by any highly rated upscaling DVD player such Sony DVPSR510H or Sony BDPS3200.

But if you can't not afford a new player or want to keep the old one, our product can be at your service. TuneFab DVD Ripper is a DVD converter that not only convert protected DVD format but also support upgrading video resolution. The following steps will show you how to do it.

Step 1. Install TuneFab DVD Ripper

Click "Try It Free" to download the free trial version. With this version, you can convert the first 5 minutes of the DVD.

Note: it can work on Windows and Mac OS.

Step 2. Load Disc/DVD Folder/IFO Files

After the installation, another preparation is to import you DVD files to your computer via its built-in DVD reader. If your computer doesn't own one, you need to purchase an external DVD reader to enable the computer to process the DVD files.

Load DVD Disc

Step 3. Upgrade the DVD Resolution

Next thing is easy. Click on the down-arrow icon below to set the resolution. On the video settings section, you can see a few resolution options for you to choose. How many options are there depends on the profiles format your DVD originally is.

Adjust Output Settings

Step 4. Start Converting

After setting the resolution, the last thing is to click on "Convert" button to let the program to upgrade the DVD to one of an appropriate resolution for your HDTV set.


After TuneFab DVD Ripper finishes the conversion, you will have a DVD video of a resolution that share the same native resolution as your TVHD set. It is time for you and your family to lay back on the sofa and enjoy an old nice DVD movie displaying on a high definition screen.

If you still don't understand this resolution concept, leave a comment below to let us know your question, we will reply it as soon as possible.

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