Is your DVD looking bad on your HDTV or 4K TV? Wonder how to make DVD quality better? Well, this article provides three methods to improve DVD quality. Read on to know more details.
Michelle | Jul 28, 2022

Why is DVD Quality So Bad?

The standard DVD resolution is 480P (SD) – 720x480 for NTSC and 720x576 for PAL. A DVD player should read this resolution and play the DVD video fine. Yet, the HD era came along, and SD quality is no longer suited for modern HD screens, such as HD TVs and 4K TVs. The original 480P DVD is supposed to display 720 pixels across the screen horizontally and 480/576 pixels down the screen vertically. But when it is put on the bigger HD screens, it is stretched to fit the screen, and you can see many artifacts you haven’t noticed before. Hence you find your DVD very low quality.

How to Enhance DVD Video Quality?

The best way to improve the quality of DVD video is to upscale the DVD, such as upconverting DVD to HD 720P, DVD to 1080P, and even DVD to 4K. But keep in mind that improving DVDs to HD quality doesn’t mean you will have a real HD resolution but only a close HD viewing experience. The methods below do not guarantee the best output result but will surely help you make your DVD quality better than before. Read on to learn how to improve DVD picture quality in detail.

1. Improve DVD Quality with DVD Upscaler

This is a recommended solution for watching DVD digital copies with better quality. What we do is rip the content off the disc (the DVD data remains intact on the disc) and convert the DVD video to a higher resolution permanently. Then you can play the enhanced DVD content on your HD TV or portable devices using USB.

We can use WonderFox DVD Video Converter to both rip and upconvert DVDs to high-definition videos, such as 720P, 1080P, and 4K. The software can identify and remove the noise and blotches during video quality enhancing and also deinterlace DVDs to improve the video quality. Here is a simple guide on how to make DVD quality better with the software.

Step 1. Download and install the DVD upscaler:

Step 2. Open the DVD program and click “Load DVD” to import your DVD video into the task list.

Step 3. Click the right-side format image and choose a preferred output format under the “Video” category. MP4 and MPG are most-recommended.

Step 4. Open the lower-right “Settings,” and navigate to the video resolution. From the drop-down lists, choose an HD resolution among 1280*720 (720P), 1920*1080 (1080P), and 3840*2160 (4K).

Step 5. Specify an output path and click “Run” to convert and export the DVD file.

Tips. WonderFox DVD Video Converter includes other practical features to enhance a video’s accessibility and performance, such as converting DVD and video to mainstream formats, cutting and joining videos, compressing large video files, etc. You can download the software to explore more features:

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2. Enhance DVD Quality with Blu-ray Player

If you have a Blu-ray player, you can use it to play your standard DVDs on your HD TV or 4K TV with better picture quality directly. Because all Blu-ray players will upconvert the DVD and some even have built-in 4K upscaler, they will upconvert the DVD signal before sending it to the TV. You can have a much better DVD viewing experience with a Blu-ray player than with a DVD player.

Note. Connect your Blu-ray player to your HD/4K TV with an HDMI cable.

3. Improve DVD Video Quality with TV Upscaling

Many modern TVs are shipped with a video scaler inside to upconvert the external signal to the TV resolution straightly. Ideally, you can watch a DVD on your TV with good picture quality without additional accessories or settings. But not all TVs do a good job of upconverting videos, and some with a poor algorithm can make your DVD look even worse. You can easily tell if the quality is good or not, and you should avoid the TV upscaling if it disappoints you (The Blu-ray player and the DVD upscaler are better choices under such circumstances). Anyhow, choosing a TV with good upscaling will solve all your problems most easily. So check the reviews carefully.


These are all the three methods I want to share with you on how to improve DVD quality. Hopefully, you will find this post helpful. Thanks for reading!

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