How to Upscale Video from 480p to 4K UHD Handily?

Now that we have stepped into the era of 4K Ultra HD, have you ever considered up-converting your previous collection of 480p SD videos to 4K standard? If you're still in the dark about how to do it, then this article will clear your confusion and introduce 4 super simple software to get the job done.

Kevincy Kevincy | Updated on Nov 16, 2023

How to Upscale Video from 480p to 4K UHD Handily?

Option 1: Using HD Video Converter Factory Pro

Option 2: Using HandBrake

Option 3: Using VLC Media Player

Option 4: Using Convertio

How Does a 480p Video Look on a 4K Screen?

Q: "I watch (stream) mostly older TV shows which are in 480p resolution. If I get a 4K TV, will these shows look OK or will they be pixelated when at full screen? I appreciate any help on this issue."

A: Well, in short, it rather depends on your source video, and the 4K screen size definitely matters as well. Just imagine that, to upscale video from 480p to 4K or 2160p, it must fill in so many pixels to fit the screen. So, if the source video is "poor" then it arguably looks worse or pixelated the bigger the screen size. In other words, it doesn’t make sense to upscale a "poor" 480p video on your 4K TV.

On the flip side, if the source 480p video is encoded in high quality like DVD video, while not quite as good as the real 4K video, the quality is still acceptable after the DVD video upscaling. In addition, you have to know that, most modern 4K devices come with a video upscaler capable of upconverting 480p signal to 4K, but it may make the video look distorted or stretched if the software isn't that good or smart.

Next, I'll introduce four 480p to 4K converter software to you guys for manually completing the perfect video upscaling.

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HD Video Converter Factory Pro offers a simple way to upscale 480p video to 4K UHD rapidly and handily. It can intelligently optimize and enhance the output quality without excessive settings. Get it now and try it yourself!

Option 1: Using HD Video Converter Factory Pro

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a novice-oriented video and audio processor that excels in video converting, editing, downloading, recording and compressing. As a feature-rich tool, it also works well for 480p to 4K video upscaling.

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4 Simple Steps to Convert 480p Video to 4K UHD

Step 1 - Add 480p Videos

Install and runInstall and run HD Video Converter Factory Pro on your PC.

Open "Converter" and click "Add Files" to add multiple 480p videos files from your local drive. A quick drag-n-drop is also allowed. This 480p to 4K upscaler supports batch processing and hardware acceleration.

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Step 2 - Select One Output Format

Click on the big "Format" image on the right side to open the output format library, which covers more than 500 configured presets ranging from common video formats, audio formats, game consoles, to specific device models. Just choose any one profile as you wish.

Select an Export Format for 480p to 4K Conversion

Step 3 - Tweak Video Resolution to 4K UHD

You're allowed to alter 480p to 4K with either option below:

1. Directly move the slider to "4K" along the "Quick setting" bar.

2. Open "Parameter Settings" window to change video resolution to "3840*2160". By the way, here you can also change frame rate to 60fps, modify video bit rate, aspect ratio, deinterlace video, etc.

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Step 4 - Start 480p to 4K Upscaling

When everything is ready, specify a destination directory on the bottom, press "Run" button to start upconverting your 480p video files to 4K UHD in bulk with GPU acceleration.

Also Read: Convert Video to 4K | Upscale 720p to 4K | 480p Video Converter | 360p Converter

Start 480p to 4K Upscaling

Option 2: Using HandBrake

HandBrake is a well-known name when it comes to video transcoding. Indeed, equipped with multiple modern, widely supported codecs and powerful features, it can satisfy most video processing needs. Here's how to convert 480p video to 4K with HandBrake.

Step 1. Launch HandBrake, add your 480p video files from local drive.

Step 2. Open "Preset" menu and choose a 2160p predefined preset on the right side. If you've added multiple 480p files, you can configure each video and press "Add to Queue" button for later HandBrake batch conversion.

Step 3. If there is no preferred 4K preset in HandBrake, select "MP4", "MKV" or "WebM" format under "Summary" tab.

Step 4. Go to "Dimensions" tab and choose "2160p 4K Ultra HD" option in the drop-down list of "Resolution" section. Seasoned users can go to other tabs to change the detailed parameters as well.

Step 5. Click "Browse" button to choose a destination folder to save the converted 4K video files.

Step 6. Press "Start Encode" button to start video processing.

HandBrake 480p to 4K Upscaler

Option 3: Using VLC Media Player

Perhaps surprisingly, VLC can also function as a 480p to 4K upscaler in addition to its powerful playback capacity. Follow the instructions if you have no idea how to initiate the conversion.

Step 1. Run VLC, click on "Media" on the top menu bar and choose "Convert / Save" option in the drop-down list.

Step 2. Click "+ Add" button to add a 480p video file on "Open Media" window, then press "Convert / Save" button to proceed. You're allowed to add multiple 480p files for batch conversion with VLC.

Step 3. Select "Video - H.264 + MP3 (MP4)" or any other option in the drop-down list of "Profile" section.

Step 4. Click the "Wrench" icon to open "Profile edition" window. Navigate to "Video codec" tab and go to "Resolution" sub-tab. Modify the Width and Height to 3840x2160. Click "Save" button.

Step 5. Click "Browse" button to choose a destination folder. If you've added multiple 480p files in Step 2, you're not allowed to change the directory path. The converted 4K videos will be saved in the same location of your original 480p videos.

Step 6. Press "Start" button to start upscaling 480p video to 4K.

VLC Upscale 480p to 4K

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Option 4: Using Convertio

If you have some small 480p video clips under 100MB that need to be upscaled to 4K UHD, this online video converter, Convertio, is also worth a shot without any software or plug-in required. But as you know, it's not that efficient because you have to spend much time on video file uploading, converting and downloading. Anyway, here's the guide below.

Step 1. Open Convertio in your browser through this link:

Step 2. Upload your 480p video files from your PC, Dropbox or Google Drive. For free users, you're limited to upload 480p files within 100MB.

Step 3. Select any format in the drop-down list. Then press the "Gear" button to open "Settings" window. Go to "Resize" section and choose "3840x2160 (2160p 4K UHD)" option. You can also modify other video and audio parameters at will to resize video. Then click OK to save the changes.

Step 4. Press "Convert" button to begin 480p to 4K upscaling process online.

Step 5. When the conversion is complete, download the converted files back to your local drive.

Online 480p to 4K Video Converter

Final Words...

That's all I want to share with you how to convert video from 480p to 4K UHD. You see, pretty simple, isn't it? Just say goodbye to those CLI-based applications and professional-class video editors. The four methods can also be applied to your other video conversion and editing needs. Hopefully, this post would shed some light on your 480p to 4K upscaling work. Cheers!

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