Is there a way to take original 640 x 480 footage and preserve it as HD 1280 x 720? Or would that be 1280 x 960? I'm completely OK with black bars on either side of the picture, I just don't want to distort the image.
Is this possible? Or, am I wrong, naive, uninformed or just plain crazy?
I will presume that it's from older stock and was recorded at 640 X 480. That means that when you make it larger the quality and definition will drop. You can't have HD quality if you don't start with original HD material. You will be able to make it look better by using different plug-ins, Neat Video for example would help make it look less grainy.
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The current television standard is to display the 4x3 format in its entirety on the 16x9 screen, utilising the black pillars either side.
That way you will feature the shot the way it was originally intended.
If you subscribe to NEAT Video, i really can recommend it, as it does a wonderful job in cleaning and sharpening things up. But just find a Youtube tutorial first as its not intuitive.. and Im still a newbie with it after ten years of using it!