Increase or Downscale Video Resolution with Video Resolution Changer

By Cecilia Hwung Updated: Jul. 11, 2019
Video Resolution Converter | How to Increase Video Resolution without Losing Quality

"Can I increase video resolution, like from 1080p to 4K?"

Certainly you can upscale a video to get it stretched out for filling a screen, by using video resolution converter software. For example, upscale from 16:9 1080p to 16:9 4K. But is it really necessary and how to increase video resolution? It depends.

Case 1. Downscale video resolution = Reduce video file size
Case 2. Upscale video resolution = Increase video quality

Case 1: Most mobile users, or rather Android users, search for video converter app for Android to downscale video resolution, so that video file can be reduced in size for sending in an email or uploading to YouTube, instagram, etc. In that way, you reduce the quality, too. See the ways to resize video without quality loss >

Case 2: Increase resolution doesn't always mean increase quality. It may slightly increase the quality when changing resolution from 720p to 1080p. Also it is likely to make your video pixelated and blurry. One thing is certain: it is nowhere near your goal to make an old low-resolution 480p video look like 4K UHD. Try not to increase video resolution if you have other choices.

If you choose to have a resolution-upscaling try, use video editors, specifically, HD video resolution converters. Professional video editors, like Adobe Premiere Pro CC, allow you to apply filters or complex correction curves to improve video quality. But to simply adjust video quality by increasing video resolution size, use video resolution converters like VideoProc, or online video resolution changers.

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How to Increase Video Resolution with VideoProc

Free download VideoProc for Windows (10) PC or macOS, get it quickly installed through the setup wizards, and then launch the software and follow the next how-to steps. Here we take upscaling a 1080p WMV video to 4K 2160p as an example.

Step 1. Load a source video

• After you open VideoProc, you will see the main interface with four round icons. Click "Video" to get into video converter center.

• Now, at the "VideoProc - Video" interface, click "+ Video" to load your local video file or files.

Video Resolution Converter - VideoProc

Step 2. Increase video resolution

• Firstly, choose a target format. If you don't want to change video format, choose the same as the original one. Here we remain as WMV.

• Click "Option", go to "Video Codec Options" > "Resolution", select your desired video resolution from the drop-down list or click "Custom" to input a new one, and then "Done".

Increase video resolution

Step 3. RUN the video resolution converter

Browse to set an output folder and press button "RUN" to start your video resolution upscaling.

Upscale from 1080p to 4K

Video Quality Comparison: Original vs. Upscaling

1080p vs Upscaled 4K

How to Increase Video Resolution Online?

There are a lot of video resolution converters online (free or paid). One the one hand, it is seemingly very convenient to increase video resolution online without downloading anything. But some of them might not be able to meet your personalized needs. Beware of the following limits.

1. Only a few video resolution options available is a video resolution converter free online. But you have only five resolution options: 240p, 360p, 480p, HD 720p and Automatic. When the video is in 720p or below, you can choose to increase video resolution or downscale resolution, and the file uploading is fast. But if you are tackling a 4K UHD footage, you will be waiting a long time. A 30s 4K video takes about five minutes. Besides, you can't increase 1080p to 4K or any resolution higher than itself. All those problems won't happen in VideoProc.


2. It takes forever to increase video resolution also is an online free video resolution changer. It provides a wider range of resolution choices than, although you still can't "custom". But to increase video resolution in this site, you will have to be very patient.

Firstly there is a "waiting for front of Queue". You might be 9 or 29 in line. Secondly, never try the "High" option in "Quality". The resolution upscaling process of a 4-minute video took me 40 minutes and it didn't finish yet. Most video converter software like VideoProc supports GPU acceleration, which helps speed up your video conversion. Thirdly, some file types are not accepted, like MKV and ProRes.


3. Only allows you to upload a file less than 100MB can help change video resolution online, but not for free. More specifically, if you want to increase resolution of video larger than 100 MB, you need to pay. It charges you based on how large the file size is and how long you want to maintain your membership. A monthly 1 GB subscription is priced at $49, while with $42.95 you can take a Lifetime License of VideoProc to enjoy all features and upgrades forever. Buy Lifetime License of VideoProc >

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Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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