Adobe launches GPU-accelerated Flash 10.1 beta

By on November 17, 2009, 9:59 AM
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.

This couldn't come at a better time with 1080p HD YouTube videos launching this week. At this stage Nvidia chips should work best since the company worked directly with Adobe -- AnandTech has put the new hardware accelerated video playback to the test and reports that Hulu playback on Ion is "nearly perfect." ATI Radeon 3xxx and Radeon/Mobile Radeon 4xxx, Intel 4 series chipsets and Broadcom Crystal HD models are also supported. Unfortunately for most netbook owners, GMA500 and GMA950 integrated graphics are off the list.

Adobe plans to bring its updated Flash Player technology to mobile devices as well, starting with the Palm Pre and then completing versions for other major smartphones by the first half of 2010.

The company also announced an AIR 2 beta which allows developers to build more feature-rich applications, including full support for mass storage, multi-touch gestures and accelerometer support, communication with actual native apps, USB storage device detection and claims of significant performance increases.

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treeski treeski said:

Can someone explain what the percentages mean

MaXtor MaXtor said:

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

pcnthuziast said:

Pretty impressive!

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

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!

freedomthinker said:

This is seriously awesome !

Guest said:

Its about freaking time!!

Guest said:

Just tested it on facebook games, and it freaking much quicker and smoother.

Timonius Timonius said:

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.

Guest said:

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.

compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

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

DJ83 said:

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

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