MACOLYTES are getting hardware accelerated video decoding in the latest installment of Flash.
A short time ago Adobe gave Windows users hardware accelerated H.264 content in its release of Flash 10.1. Now Apple's OS X is next in line for the same treatment while Linux users will have to wait longer.
Adobe product managers Thibault Imbertn and Didier Brun blogged earlier that they didn't normally do video updates in security releases. However, they couldn't help themselves because it was such a "cool feature".
"We just pushed a few minutes ago a new version of the Flash Player 10.1.82.76 containing a nice feature that was in beta until now called 'Gala'. Yes, H.264 GPU decoding in Mac OSX is now officially enabled in the Flash Player."
The team reckons Mac OS X users will be able to tell the difference on the Mac in terms of CPU usage. Of course, that assumes anyone using a Mac would know what a benchmarking tool to test CPU usage is. Actually, it also assumes that anyone using a Mac even knows what a CPU is.
Adobe already pushed the beta version out on Macs to provide smoother HD playback using graphics acceleration. Back in April a Flash Player engineer blogged about features in the beta version. µ
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