In the realm of photo and film-editing, post processing can make the difference between bad looking media and something epic.  The depth of post processing on an image or a video is usually dictated by the level of expertise of the editor or the budget, which might suggest that things could be better.  Darbee is a known company that deals in media post-processing in real-time, whereby I have a couple of friends who swear by their custom boxes that use clever manipulation techniques (based on blur-and-subtract algorithms) to bring their home media system to life.  What Galaxy has done is combine one of their GPU designs, the GTX 750 Ti, with a Darbee IP, to allow an all-in-one image enhanced graphics card.

The system takes a standard reference design GTX 750 Ti, extends the length, and uses an add-in card containing an Altera Cyclone IV FPGA as well as some other ICs.

The effect is output only on one HDMI port due to the hardware limitations, but users can adjust the depth of the effect from 0% (none) to 100% (full) with the included software.  At current the GPU is not equipped for SLI over cabling, however I requested an edition to come to the US, allowing users to hook up three cards and run them all in SLI with the effect on three HDMI panels.

After speaking to a few friends about the technology, an interesting point came to pass.  AMD and NVIDIA are currently in a battle for performance.  It would not take much for one of these to invest into the Darbee post-processing ecosystem and incorporate it into their technology, thus giving an improved feature set to the brand.  However, it was also mentioned how much effect Darbee has on a calibrated display.  We now have a contact for Galaxy, so I will see if Ryan has time to look at a sample.


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  • Influence - Friday, June 6, 2014 - link

    The Darbee actually works as more of a contrast enhancement device, which by increasing the contrast between dark and bright areas of the picture creates the effect of added sharpness by adding apparent clarity to the signal. The final look to the human eye is more detail and greater "depth" or 3D-ish feel. It actually works better with higher-quality sources like Blu-ray feeds. The higher quality the source signal, the better Darbee's algorithm works.

    And it doesn't add any of the nasty side effects like edge enhancement or "sharpness" tools do.

    Some people like it, some don't. I have always eschewed any type of video enhancement tool/process for my calibrated home theater displays, but I found myself really liking what the Darbee can do to my picture when set at lower levels of enhancement (I use the "high-def" mode at around 35-40% on my Darblet)
  • Gnarr - Friday, June 6, 2014 - link

    So... it's a real time sharpening GPU? Why would anyone want that?

    Preset post-processing is never going to beat hollywood post-processing, or even no post-processing.
    Who are those cards aimed at?
  • The Von Matrices - Friday, June 6, 2014 - link

    It's a fair point. If this technology is so great then why doesn't Hollywood use it in its rendering? It doesn't seem like it's all that complicated to introduce into post-production.

    The most logical explanation of its lack of use is that the director/editors/cinematographer/etc. think that the effect ruins the aesthetic of their films, which then begs the question of whether you want to see the film as intended or "enhanced" with post-processing.
  • Tw1stedAltair - Saturday, June 7, 2014 - link

    The only thing I'm looking at here is that nice little SLI idea there. I would love to see more info about that. 750 ti SLI, even at a higher price, is a killer idea.
  • DrApop - Monday, June 9, 2014 - link

    I just want a card that will all me to quickly render my videos as well as 3D modelling and animation in programs like Maya and Blender (which is what I use). When a gamer gets 200 fps and it takes me 15 minutes to render a high quality 3D model to life like precision, I get disappointed by most graphics cards. Even the 780 Ti is only about twice as fast as my old 650 Ti.

    I don't want to have to spend a couple of grand for a good rendering card when you can buy a decent gamer card for $200. Very disappointed in the graphics cards available for things other than gaming. Yes, I know there is much more to rendering...but still.
  • Antronman - Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - link

    If you've ever actually seen a gorilla, it looks more like the Darbee off image.

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