Adobe rides hardware acceleration with latest Flash Player

Adobe rides hardware acceleration with latest Flash Player

Summary: Adobe launched its Flash Player 10.2 with hardware accelerated video. The gist is that Adobe says it can now deliver video more efficiently with less strain on your PC.

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Adobe launched its Flash Player 10.2 with hardware accelerated video. The gist is that Adobe says it can now deliver video more efficiently with less strain on your PC.

Flash Player 10.2 shed its beta tag and is now available for Windows, Mac and Linux. The enhancement, dubbed Staged Video, lets Web sites use hardware acceleration for video. In a blog post, Adobe noted:

Flash Player using Stage Video can effortlessly play beautiful 1080p HD video with just 1-15% CPU usage on a common Mac or Windows computer* – working across platforms and browsers, it will enable the best video experience for the most people. Many millions of additional PCs, from netbooks to desktops, can now become slick HD home theaters on the web.

And let's not forget the footnote. Adobe said:

* For example, using Flash Player 10.2 with Stage Video hardware acceleration, we’ve tested a Mac Mini released two years ago and a low-powered GPU-enabled Windows netbook playing smooth full HD 1080p video using less than 8% of the CPU; more powerful computers use even less.

Among other key features:

  • Multiple monitor full screen support;
  • Better sub-pixel rendering;
  • IE 9 hardware accelerated rendering support.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Hardware

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  • Now if it just quit putting hidden cookies on my system

    The Flash cookie thing is one of the more egregious privacy exploits by Adobe.
    terry flores
    • RE: Adobe rides hardware acceleration with latest Flash Player

      @terry flores, if you use any of the various browser's "private mode" then all of your Flash cookies will deleted when closing the session.

      Also Adobe have already announced that they are working with browser vendors so that Flash cookies can be deleted from a menu item inside the browser along with your regular cookies. That is likely to come in the next Flash Player update (10.3? or will it be 11?).
      Matt_Fabb@...
  • still a problem

    by switching the load from CPU to GPU does not address power consumption for mobile devices.
    Linux Geek
    • RE: Adobe rides hardware acceleration with latest Flash Player

      @Linux Geek It does when you consider that GPUs typically process things more efficiently.
      cbstryker
      • RE: Adobe rides hardware acceleration with latest Flash Player

        @cbstryker - I've read articles on that topic as well and agree with you. :)
        HypnoToad72
    • RE: Adobe rides hardware acceleration with latest Flash Player

      @Linux Geek - if that's such an issue, I can think of a few dozen iPhone games that shouldn't be sold as they will drain the iphone's battery very quickly as well. Or in an app store of over 300,000 (of which 20,000 are likely fart noise apps), more than "a few dozen" would qualify.

      I don't care about battery life - if I need more battery life, I'm smart enough to find options and there are a few - second battery, portable backup battery that plugs into the phone's micro-USB port, etc. Mobile internet access is what one is more likely to be interested in. Keeping Flash out is short-sighted, it has been a pain, and given their app store where free Flash games would be seen as "unwanted competition", those are more likely reasons for keeping Flash out of the Apple ecosystem.

      The fact Apple has attacked Adobe time and again, never mind a (typical) false ad when promoting their (not-very-) internet (-friendly) device was _bad_: http://gawker.com/#!5460473/apple-and-the-ipad-doublespeak-propaganda-videos-now-with-flash+fail

      Oops.

      Bonus:

      http://www.scmagazineuk.com/iphone-tv-ad-banned-for-being-misleading/article/115947/

      http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2008/08/misleading-internet-claims-lead-to-ban-of-iphone-ad-in-uk.ars
      HypnoToad72
      • RE: Adobe rides hardware acceleration with latest Flash Player

        @HypnoToad72 - How much has Adobe paid you for writing this?
        LTV10
    • RE: Adobe rides hardware acceleration with latest Flash Player

      @Linux Geek A GPU will do the same work with much less power draw. Thats why devices with hardware h.264 playback get WAY better battery life than those that don't and have to render it via the CPU.
      Stuka