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How to play SD and HD Video with a HD video player

How do I play SD and HD Video witha HD video player?

Do you find it's really annoying to watch small or blurry videos, especially on old and classic movies? Many people say yes and look for ways to watch all videos in HD. However, it is expensive to replace all your existing SD movies with HD videos or HD discs. And it is complicated to convert videos to HD yourself, and in some countries it isn't even legal. Still, you would like to turn them into HD video, to achieve clearer, sharper, more vivid and colorful movies. Now the HD streaming video player ArcSoftTotalMedia Theatre can make this come true. Let's take a look at this fantastic feature and see how it works.

Step 1Open your selected multimedia files or DVD disc

Verify your system meets the minimum requirements, then install and launch ArcSoftTotalMedia Theatre. Click the "Open" button on the left top of the TotalMedia Theatre screen to select your video.

Once you have selected your HD video, it will be played automatically.

If a SD video has been selected, play it in HD mode using the following steps.

Step 2Enable the SimHD function to turn it to HD

You can enable the "SimHD" function after you choose to playback a standard-definition video file or DVD. All you need to do is simply click SimHD button on the top control panel of the TotalMedia Theatre screen to turn on the function and the quality of your video will instantly turn into near-HD quality.

Step 3Customize the SimHD settings to play HD videos

Customize the SimHD settings for playing HD videos in this HD playback software. Click the arrow icon next to the SimHD button to display the "SimHD" Settings dialog box. Adjust dynamic lighting, denoise, smoothness, and deshaky settings to further improve issues with some videos.

You can turn on a comparison feature under Display Mode to see a side-by-side view before and after applying the SimHD effect. Note the extra detail revealed and overall sharper image.

Following these easy steps in this HD video software, both your SD and HD videos can be played with great quality. Enjoy all your videos with a cinema-like experience at home.

Tips about SimHD Settings:

Tip 1: How to choose parameters automatically

Select the "Automatic" option.The program automatically chooses the appropriate parameters according to your system. Uncheck this option to customize your settings.

Tip 2: Apply CPU or GPU acceleration

Choose "CPU" or "GPU" to support SimHD with upscaling. Note: To enable GPU support, you need a compatible graphics card and with the latest drivers.

Tip 3: How to upscale SD to HD

Check the "Enable" option to upscale your SD video with the HD effect. Here you can customize your desired resolution, sharpness, brightness, and smoothness for your video, or use de-noise function to reduce noise from original video.

Tip 4: Choose Display Mode

Choose the display mode for video playback. Select from three display modes: "Normal", "Comparison", and "Splitting". Click the display mode you want and it will be applied to the video playback immediately.


What is HD video?

High-definition video or HD video refers to any video system of higher resolution than standard-definition (SD) video, and most commonly involves display resolutions of 1,280×720 pixels (720p) or 1,920×1,080 pixels (1080i/1080p). This article discusses the general concepts of high-definition video, as opposed to its specific applications in television broadcast (HDTV), video recording formats (HDCAM, HDCAM-SR, DVCPRO HD, D5 HD, AVC-Intra, XDCAM HD, HDV, and AVCHD), the Blu-ray Disc and the D-VHS video tape format.

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