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    Rip/Convert a DVD to HD DVD or higher resolution?

    Ok, I believe this belongs here in the HTPC section. I've been looking for the past 2 hours on this information and haven't been able to find much. I'm looking to take one of my DVD's that I have, rip it on to my computer but have it converted into a higher resolution, and/or specifically 1680x1050. I know DVD's are about 720x480 resolution so on my 20.1 16:10 widescreen monitor, its very very small, and if I full screen it, it seems stretched or just upscaled. So I was wondering if it would be possible to correctly rip and convert a DVD and keep the correct aspect ratio, no stretching ect. and just get a higher resolution so it would be more like an HD DVD. I'm ripping Star Wars Episode 2 right now, and I did a manual setting for 1680x1050 but I don't believe its that easy and I'll probably have just wasted 9 hours for a stretched out video thats 10GB's so I figured it was time to just on trusty ol' PC PER and get some advice! Thanks a bunch!
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    Re: Rip/Convert a DVD to HD DVD or higher resolution?

    Hmm I'm not sure you can do that. The HD-DVD has extra resolution to make up those extra pixels and I don't think you can add resolution by converting it to HD-DVD. Its like burning an Mp3 song to a CD format. the 'Lost' resolution is gone and it will never again sound like a CD.

    If the image looks stretched.. its because there isn't enough resolution to fill the screen. I suggest putting the monitor further away and then you won't notice it so badly.

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    Re: Rip/Convert a DVD to HD DVD or higher resolution?

    Unfortunately, you can't enhance the resolution for pixels that were not there to begin with. Some fancy program could probably extrapolate and fill in the gaps in the frame but it would result in a blur or smear look. It you want a crisp clean picture then you have to start with something that has enough pixels to begin with.

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    Re: Rip/Convert a DVD to HD DVD or higher resolution?

    I know nothing about pixles and how computers work with them, but it seems to me that a program that could take one pixle and output it as four pixles it would result in every pixle being multiplied by four, so no distortion. correct? Or am i way off.
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    Re: Rip/Convert a DVD to HD DVD or higher resolution?

    You are thinking of an upscaler. I believe some DVD players or receivers will do that. IMO, there really isn't much difference in terms of picture quality. I'm not sure if there are such programs available for the PC.

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    Re: Rip/Convert a DVD to HD DVD or higher resolution?

    Upscalers does just that, takes the original resolution, and multiplies the number of pixels to fill in that extra resolution or space- players though will only do this up to 720p, not anywhere close to your 1050 resolution.

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    Re: Rip/Convert a DVD to HD DVD or higher resolution?

    Pinnacle's latest version, I believe, allows something along these lines for moving your regular Home movies from miniDV tape or DVD to HD-DVD format. I haven't researched it or tried it, etc.... but I do have the software, just no reason to convert at this point.....and won't for years and years

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    Re: Rip/Convert a DVD to HD DVD or higher resolution?

    This may or may not help you-

    Pixels -

    Common TV signals = 640 x 480 (also known as 480i)
    High Def signals = 1280 x 720 (better known as 720p) and
    1920 x 1080 (better known as 1080i/p)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hdtv

    Read this link- good information on everything HDTV.

    The bottom line solution to getting better resolution on your monitor/tv (?) is to get a better source- that being Blu-Ray or HD-DVD which has content that is produced NATIVELY in 1920x1080 or 1280x720.
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