upconverting regular dvd's to HD quality?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mankar4, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. mankar4 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2007
    I noticed that when I watch a dvd on my upconverting DVD player (upconverts to 1080i) on my HDTV, it is at much higher quality than when I put the same DVD into my macbook pro and watch it on my screen. Is there any dvd playback software I can get which will allow me to watch regular dvd's at high definition resolutions on my mbp?

    Thanks a bunch.
  2. Millwood macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2006
  3. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    Both your upconverting DVD player and the DVD player on a computer will add pixels by guessing where to put them.

    TVs are different from monitors in the way they display images though - a blown up moving image on a monitor will usually look poorer than the TV, even though they are both adding pixels that don't exist on the origianl DVD film.

    You can always take pixels away, but you always lose quality when you add them. It is possible that your DVD player has a superior algorithm for adding them than the software you are using on your Mac.

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