Adobe launches GPU-accelerated Flash 10.1 beta

By Jos
Nov 17, 2009
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  1. Adobe today announced the first public beta of Flash 10.1, which despite the small version bump suggesting it is a minor upgrade, finally delivers support for hardware-based H.264 video acceleration. For now the new functionality is limited to Windows computers, but it's worth getting excited over anyway, as it means you'll get smooth HD Flash video playback while significantly reducing the workload on the CPU.

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  2. treeski

    treeski TechSpot Guru Posts: 864   +127

    Can someone explain what the percentages mean :)
  3. MaXtor

    MaXtor Newcomer, in training Posts: 90

    It says "Windowed Average CPU Utilization", so the percentages are comparing the average CPU usage between Flash 10 and Flash 10.1.
  4. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast Newcomer, in training Posts: 313

    Pretty impressive!
  5. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903   +71

    This is one of the more significant features that Flash has brought to me in a while. My little Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz can now suffer through a longer service life! This poor little office computer just can't find any excuses for why it should be replaced. Thanks Adobe!
  6. freedomthinker

    freedomthinker TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 140

    This is seriously awesome !
  7. Its about freaking time!!
  8. Just tested it on facebook games, and it freaking much quicker and smoother.
  9. Timonius

    Timonius TechSpot Booster Posts: 564   +30

    Oh my goodness! Adobe finally smartens up with gpu accelerated flash! I always found it odd playing gpu intensive video games over high speed internet with no problems while watching videos (or playing games) on any flash based site would stutter.
  10. This is quite a good update for Adobe to update their Flash Player. The only thing that they should focus now is 64 Bit browser support.
  11. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    About time. I hope to see a lot more off loading in the future, especially with direct x 11 support.
  12. DJ83

    DJ83 Newcomer, in training Posts: 32

    Great new, I agree that a 64bit release is long overdue!
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