The Combinations of Digital File Types (Codecs, Containers, Frame Rates, Video Modes, Aspect Ratios, Pixel Ratios etc.) are Endless.

Rule #1. Bigger is NOT always better!

As monitor quality and size increase and more content in HD becomes available your older SD tapes will appear worse during playback whether shot in analog or digital. Your fond memories of how crisp and clear your VHS tapes looked on your 27" 4X3 Sony Trinitron Tube TV WILL BE SHATTERED!

The best option for transfer is dependent on the source material and its final purpose.

Raising the resolution (up-converting, up-rezzing) with hardware or software is a gimmick that does not work. It only introduces artifacts, noise, grain, color bleeding etc.

If you want an HD image you must shoot in HD. You can make an SD "file" HD but you can't make an SD "image" HD.

Don't be fooled! Video cannot be enlarged during the transfer process. A 720X480-SD (early DV) image cannot be transfered as a 1440X1080-HD image. Once transferred in its original size you can then ingest it into your editing system and enlarge as you wish, however there are pros and cons to enlarging your file size.


H.264 or MPEG-4 Part 10, Advanced Video Coding (MPEG-4 AVC) is a video coding format that is currently one of the most commonly used formats for the recording, compression, and distribution of video content.

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