Upscale Video#

How to scale up a 480p (854x480) video to Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) video.

Source Video#

For a source video we use the MP4 file from the TED talk video What’s the next window into our universe? by Andrew Connolly. The original video format is Wide 480p or 16:9, 854 x 480.

Complete Program#

This code takes an MP4 file with H.264 video and AAC audio, and scales the video stream up to Full HD 1920x1080 (1080p) using bicubic method for interpolation. The audio stream is copied from the source as is.

using PrimoSoftware.AVBlocks;
using System.Collections.Generic;

namespace UpscaleVideo
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)

            // start with two identical input and output configuration
            var inputInfo = new MediaInfo() {
                InputFile = "AndrewConnolly_2014.mp4"

            var outputInfo = new MediaInfo() {
                InputFile = "AndrewConnolly_2014.mp4"

            if (inputInfo.Load() && outputInfo.Load()) {
                // create input socket
                var inputSocket = MediaSocket.FromMediaInfo(inputInfo);

                // create output socket
                var outputSocket = MediaSocket.FromMediaInfo(outputInfo);
                outputSocket.File = "AndrewConnolly_2014_1080p.mp4";

                // set the new frame width and height to 1920 x 1080
                var outVideoStream = outputSocket.Pins[0].StreamInfo as VideoStreamInfo;
                outVideoStream.FrameWidth = 1920;
                outVideoStream.FrameHeight = 1080;

                // set the resize interpolation method: 
                var outVideoPin = outputSocket.Pins[0];
                outVideoPin.Params = new Dictionary<string, object>() {
                    { Param.Video.Resize.InterpolationMethod, InterpolationMethod.Cubic } 

                // create and run a transcoder
                using (var transcoder = new Transcoder()) {

                    // process
                    if (transcoder.Open())


How to run#

Follow the steps to create a C# console application in Visual Studio but in Program.cs use the code from this article.

Download the AndrewConnolly_2014.mp4 MPEG4 file from the Internet Archive and save it in bin/x64/Debug/net6.0 under the project’s directory.

Run the application in Visual Studio. Wait a few seconds for the Transcoder to finish. The converted file AndrewConnolly_2014_1080p.mp4 will be in the bin/x64/Debug/net6.0 directory.