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Improve Video Quality for DVD

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I have a WMV file (also available in MPEG) that the video footage that was taken was fairly low quality (grainy etc)...is there any application out there that does a good job of cleaning up the video & making it look better on a TV when it is burned to DVD?  I realize that is asking to do a lot, but I am really hoping to take this lower quality video file & make it at least decent on the DVD.  

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FYI - it is on a PC right now, however, I can take it over to a mac powerbook if there is a Mac app that does better.  Either one works for me.
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The first thing I would do would be to get a free copy of GSpot or Video Inspector and see exactly what the display resolution is of both files -- and obviously take the best one.
For instance if the MPEG version is 720 x 480  (you should be so lucky) and the wmv res is 320 x 240 -- then of course you go with the highest resolution. I'd also be looking at the bitrates and the frame rates.
One certainty that is going to happen with a standard DVD is that it is going to be encoded into MPEG-2 at a resolution of (if it's NTSC) 720 x 480 -- and if you only have a very low resolution (not enough pixels) then its going to have to streeeeeeeeeeeetch those pixels and it will look blurry.
Having said that you could also try any of an assortment of video restoration software packages -- here's a few:
http://www.webmasterfree.com/2005/1024.html
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Thanks for your help!
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