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Up-scaling your video to HD is a wise option to consider when digitizing your old video tapes. Professionally up-scaled footage results in a nicer image when viewed on a large TV or computer monitor! We think you'll be surprised.

The improvement upscaling brings to Mini-DV and Hi8 tapes are the formats which are most favorably affected by the upscaling process.

Our FilmFix up-scaling differs in that we perform steps 3, 4, and 5 (detailed below), and other companies don't.

For "computer geeks": If you're comfortable using command lines in a terminal, here is how to go about doing the up-scaling yourself.

After up-scaling
After up-scaling SD capture from video tape. Click on image to view big (best viewed on a large computer monitor.)

original SD capture
Original SD capture from video tape (before up-scaling)


FilmFix's up-scaling - benefits and extras:

The upscaled file is an MP4 file and can be viewed on any modern device.  While a "Smart TV" has its limitations, it knows what to do with an MP4 file. To note: .avi and .mov files will not play on each and every device.

Your up-scaled image quality will be superior to your original capture in SD, when viewed on an HD monitor. Up-scaling strongly reduces the typical jagged edges on diagonal sharp lines -- which you'll notice in SD sort of look like jagged "stair-case" edges.

not up-scaled to HD
Standard Definition (SD) video – no upscaling


after Upscaling
After upscaling SD to HD is when the deinterlacing takes effect

Our up-scaling is a two step process. First, we correct (as much as possible) for overexposed whites and underexposed blacks. And then ...

no overexposure correction
Without upscaling video misses out on overexposure correction

Upscaling to HD includes overexpose correction providing more detail in highlights

In the second step of up-scaling, the standard all-black side bars on either side of the frame, get replaced by blurred side-bars, which is common place in today videos on the Internet or on TV. You've probably seen it -- they are colored, side-extension "bars" and are a blurrier and diluted version of whatever frame we're on.


no upscaling
SD video - no upscaling

after up-scaling
Final result - with HD upscaling of SD video

And finally, during the up-scale process, we crop off just the messy looking first and last couple of lines (on the top and bottom of image) as well as a minimal amount on the left and right of the image to present a cleaner looking view.

NOTE: Some of the more advanced TVs offer an 'internal up-scaling' option, but the quality does not compare to ours. Ours is far superior and it's not only because we add steps 3, 4 and 5! The algorithm our computer uses is far more sophisticated and processor intensive than the quick on-the-spot TV upscale feature. (Sample images to follow, as soon as a particular customer gives us their approval.)


usb stick
We can fit up to 23 hours of up-scaled video onto a 256 GB flash drive.

Autor: Nathaniel Courtens

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