Can you upscale Encoding?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by iNewbie, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. iNewbie macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2006
    You know how there are these Blue-Ray players that upscale DVD's to 1080p? Is there a way to do something similar via the ripping/encoding process?

    I know it's not true "Blu-Ray" or anything, but I've heard some of these upscalers are decent and was just wondering if there was a way to do that with encodes.

  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    well with a SD DVD you can rip with high settings that will make it look better than ripping with normal settings but i dont think you can make a SD DVD higher than 720x528
  3. stordoff macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2009
    You can, but you will get nowhere near Blu Ray quality, and it's rather involved. You need to mess around with various sharpening etc. filters until you find a combination that works (Example).

    Most of the time, it really isn't worth it.
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Yes you can "upscale" the encode of DVD's but why? You aren't actually adding any real value and it just ends up taking up more space. Your TV will automatically upscale to it's native resolution, so I guess I never really see the need. Maybe someone else has a different opinion....
  5. iNewbie thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2006

    Thanks for the info guys! I appreciate it.

    The reason why I'm wondering is that I'm going to be putting a projector in soon with a 106 inch screen. My understanding is that DVD's will look a little weak on that while bue-ray will look the best. Since I have so many DVD's I'm trying to extend their life and look as good on the projector as possible.
  6. SimonTheSoundMa, Jul 18, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2012

    SimonTheSoundMa macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    You wont gain any extra quality in upscaling. Let your projector do this. You're better off ripping the DVD and not re-encoding at all.

    You can't make a DVD look like a Bluray. The data isn't there in the first place.
  7. iNewbie thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2006
    Thanks. appreciate that. works for me. but still, if I just rip I guess I'm not sure what I would use to play the dvd disc image. I'd think encoding is still preferred to strip out ads... warnings.. etc... then be available to play through apple tv or plex or xbmc right?
  8. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Both plex and xbmc can play a straight ripped dvd. For appleTV you need to transcode it.

    Edit: and yes, there is *no* benefit in upscaling upon encoding. The best you will do is have physically much larger file with about the same visual quality as if you were to upscale it on encode. As was said best to let the playback device upscale the originally sized encode.

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