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Detail Preserving Upscale In After Effects CC

Detail Preserving Upscale in After Effects CC

Have you ever wanted to upscale your video footage without losing quality? If you have, then you might be interested in the Detail Preserving Upscale effect in After Effects CC. This effect allows you to scale up your video by large amounts while preserving the sharpness and details of the original image. In this article, we will explain what this effect does, how to use it, and some tips and tricks to get the best results.


What is Detail Preserving Upscale?

Detail Preserving Upscale is an effect that was introduced in After Effects CC 2014. It is based on the Preserve Details resampling option in Photoshop, which uses a sophisticated algorithm to enhance the edges and contrast of an image while reducing noise and artifacts. This effect is useful for scaling up images from low-resolution sources, such as SD or HD videos, to higher-resolution formats, such as 4K or 8K videos. For example, you can use this effect to upscale your 1080p video to 4K without losing quality or introducing aliasing.

How to use Detail Preserving Upscale?

To use Detail Preserving Upscale, you need to have After Effects CC 2014 or later. Here are the steps to apply this effect to your video footage:

  • Import your video footage into After Effects and create a new composition with the desired resolution and frame rate.

  • Drag your footage into the timeline and select it.

  • In the Effects & Presets panel, search for Detail Preserving Upscale and double-click it to add it to your active clip.

In the Effect Controls panel, adjust the following parameters:

  • Scale: The minimum value is 100%. You can increase this value to scale up your footage to match the composition size or any custom size you want.

  • Reduce Noise: This parameter applies noise reduction before the scaling calculations. You can increase this value to remove noise from your footage, but be careful not to overdo it as it might also remove some details.

  • Detail: This parameter controls the amount of sharpening or contrast enhancement applied to the edges of your footage. High values increase the sharpness of the edges, but might also introduce ringing or halo artifacts. Low values keep the edges smoother and more natural.

  • Alpha: This parameter determines how the alpha channel of your footage is processed. You can choose between Bicubic (the default option), Bilinear, or None. Bicubic and Bilinear are interpolation methods that smooth out the alpha channel, while None preserves the original alpha channel without any smoothing.

  • Preview and render your composition as usual.

Tips and tricks for using Detail Preserving Upscale

Here are some tips and tricks to get the most out of Detail Preserving Upscale:

  • If you want to fit your footage to the width or height of your composition, you can use the Fit To Comp Width or Fit To Comp Height buttons in the Effect Controls panel.

  • If you want to compare the original footage with the upscaled footage, you can use the Bypass button in the Effect Controls panel.

  • If you want to fine-tune the parameters of Detail Preserving Upscale, you can use the FX Console plugin by Video Copilot. This plugin allows you to access and adjust any effect in your composition with a single keyboard shortcut.

  • If you want to learn more about Detail Preserving Upscale, you can watch some tutorials on YouTube. For example, here are some tutorials that explain how to use this effect in different scenarios:


Detail Preserving Upscale is a powerful effect that can help you upscale your video footage without losing quality. It is easy to use and offers several parameters to customize the results. However, it is not a magic bullet that can fix any low-quality footage. You still need to have a good source material and use other effects and techniques to enhance your video. We hope this article has given you a basic understanding of Detail Preserving Upscale and how to use it in After Effects CC.

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