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How to Rip & Upscale DVD to 1080p HD Video

People's pursuit of higher image quality never stops. That's why the attention of HD 1080p and even 4K 2160p video hits an all-time high each time it came out. No surprising to see various questions of ripping and upscale standard def DVD to HD 720p or 1080p video on various forums. Is it possible to upscale DVD quality from 480p/576p to 1080p/720p HD? Will you gain quality enhancement after the DVD to HD ripping? Read the post below.

Download Best DVD 480p to 1080p Upscaler Software

MacX DVD Ripper Pro - top DVD ripper software to rip protected DVD to 1080p/720p HD video formatted by MP4 (HEVC, H.264), MKV, AVI, MTS, MOV, AVCHD, MPEG-2, etc without any 3rd party decryption library like libdvdcss. It can remove any DRM like CSS, region code, RCE, UOP, Sony ARccOS, Disney X-project, playlist obfuscation and upscale DVD resolution from 480p/576p to 1080p, 720p at 5X faster speed (due to GPU hardware acceleration tech).

What is Standard DVD Resolution?

There are two resolutions that the DVD format can support - 720x480 pixels per frame for NTSC and 720x576 pixels per frame for PAL. Accordingly, DVD is generally regarded as a standard resolution format.

Part 1. Upscale DVD 480p to 1080p? Not Recommended!

"I have a question about should I upscale DVD to 720p resolution? My old NTSC DVD looks terrible and interlaced. I tried Handbrake but it doesn't improve the resolution. Is there any thing I can do to fix that DVD?"

Upscaling sounds like to be an effective solution to improve quality. Even the source DVD offers a resolution of 720x480, the quality could be possibly improved by taking advantage of the process and change the DVD resolution from 480p to 720p or 1080p HD. Is that really true? Hold on.

To be frank, upconveting DVD to HD video in 1080p or 720p cannot add more details than is already present. The visual experience depends the resolutions of not only your source DVD but also your equipment used. The 480p movie viewing experience on your HDTV will never look crisper than that on your smartphone. In contrast, visual artifacts and distortion will be noticed when you are closer to your HDTV or other bigger screen monitor. Meanwhile, by ripping DVD to HD 720p/1080p video, the resolution is enhanced, which also leads to file size increase, and at a result, you will need more storage space to store the movie. So we don't recommend you upscale DVD resolution to HD 720 or 1080p.

Part 2. Most Solid Software to Rip DVD with Best Quality

Commercial HD DVD ripping software boasts video quality enhancement during DVD disc conversion and upscaling. Don't be fooled by the marketing gimmick. Generally, ripping DVD to any other resolution is a big no-no to quality. Any video transcoding will involves in quality degradation. All you have to do is to preserve the highest possible quality while digitize disc.

With high quality as the main in DVD ripping, MacX DVD Ripper Pro successfully maintains the maximum image quality and manages to rip DVD to high-definition formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, TS, MTS, M2TS, AVCHD, etc, thanks to the High Quality Engine and De-interlacing technology.

Most importantly, it is built in a unique DVD analysis engine that is helpful to analyze all kinds of protected DVDs, be it 99-title discs, bad sector DVDs, fake playlist DVD, newly released movies, workout DVDs or other unplayable discs.

Step 1. Import Source DVD
After free download this DVD to HD ripper and run it on Mac or get Windows edition download running on Windows (10) PCs. Then hit "DVD Disc" button to finish the DVD source importation. Alternatively, you can hit "DVD Folder" to import this disc file.

Step 2. Choose HD Video as Output Format
From the drop-down list of "Output Profile", navigate to the "to TS Video" category. From the sub-category, you can choose the most appropriate output format. Here selects the MTS video as the final output format.

Choose DVD Title

Touting more output formats, this program offers you a golden chance to rip and convert DVD to FLV for uploading to YouTube, rip DVD to MP4 for playback on iPhone, iPad, iPod, DVD to MOV for watching on QuickTime, etc.

Step 3. Select the Destination Folder.
Click "Browse" button to select a destination folder where you want to save your converted video in.

Convert DVD to HD Resolution

Step 4. Press the "RUN" button
Click bottom-right "RUN" and start to rip DVD to HD MTS video format on Mac.

MacX features unique level-3 hardware acceleration technology, which fastens the whole DVD transcoding process to a new high. When you rip DVD to HEVC for better quality, you can finish the whole ripping process within a short amount of time.


1. In addition to ripping DVD to HD video on Mac, MacX DVD Ripper Pro overshadows other similar programs by furnishing more than 400 output profiles for mobile devices, even the latest gadgets, like ripping DVD to iPhone, Samsung Galaxy series, Huawei, PS4/5, Xbox, Google Pixel, etc for later playback on the move.

2. In case you just want to backup DVD to HD MKV, MTS video to store in your computer hard drive for digital storage and protection, instead of converting to other portable device, the "Copy" feature of this program grants you to backup your DVD collection original video quality and original 5.1 channels Dolby AC3/DTS audio.

Part 3. FAQs about DVD to HD Ripping

1. Can a DVD be 1080P?

Technically speaking, it is possible for DVDs to have 1080p quality videos on them. Yet, the reality is that they most commonly have 480p video quality. That is because the storage space needed for a 1080p movie would be too much for the disc to hold and so it would require using multiple discs to hold a single movie.

2. How much HD video can a DVD hold?

A single-layer HD-DVD stores up to 15 GB of storage capacity, and a dual-layer disk provides up to 30 GB.

3. Can I use a DVD player to upscale DVD to 1080p?

Yes. If you have a DVD player with upscaling capabilities, you can connect it to a 1080p TV or monitor using an HDMI cable and set the output resolution to 1080p. This will upscale the DVD content to 1080p resolution, but the quality may not be as good as using a video upscaling software.

Note: The software developer calls for ripping or copying DVD under the concept of Fair Use and does not encourage any illegal reproduction or distribution of copyrighted content. Please abide by the local DVD copyright law before doing it.

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Bella Brown

Bella has been working with DVD digitization for over 12 years. She writes articles about everything related to DVD, from disc drive, DVD copyright protection, physical structure, burning and backup tips. The unceasing passion of DVD movies helps her build a rich DVD library and ensure a practical solution to address almost all possible DVD issues. Bella is also a crazy fan for Apple products.