Quality certainly will not improve it will deteriorate when upscaling.
I assume they are 4:3 and ntsc?
H.264 with a SD Youtube preset
Change resolution to 720x534 (for widescreen 864x480)
I suggest that you try exporting to a standard DVD. Many of the DVDs out there have much better scaling than software can provide.
I play standard DVDs on my HDTV now and then, and it seems to work out pretty well. Or, for that matter, how does a standard definition video play on the HDTV from the flash drive?
I agree with Steven here, my DVD player upscales SO MUCH BETTER than any software I've ever used. However I fully understand if you don't want to burn DVD's. Generally though anytime I've used Premiere for upconversion the result has been less than desirable.
According to Premiere, the original was not ntsc (512x384 (1.0) 23.97fps, Progressive) The original files were pulled from the camcorder (an older type that used big clunky video tapes, old for it's time even in 2003) by a friend since my computer at the time was not able to do so for some reason. He also encoded them the way they are now.
As to DVD, I actually did that a few years after getting the originals encoded, but a recent viewing of them showed that they degraded and some of them no longer play. The disks act like they are scratched but the disks themselves are in perfect condition. I've thought about getting a blu-ray burner and disks and putting them all on there, but that will have to wait until after the holidays at the earliest...
Anyway, I'll give the SD Youtube preset a try tonight and let you know how that works out. I'm not terribly interested in changing the aspect to widescreen. I can deal with the black borders. Once I've got the formatting figured out, I've got some more, even older videos to convert. These came from some very old 8mm film of my fathers.
Thanks again for the suggestions.
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