Adobe Flash 10.1 (beta) = now with hardware acceleration

Read this story on Lifehacker this morning, installed it, and wow, check out youtube now, esp if you choose an HD video.

Flash 10.1 now uses your video card's power to process online (Flash based) videos. The difference to me was very impressive.

Direct link to Flash 10.1

edit: new subject line, now with 50% less gushing

Jeff-66 wrote:

The difference to me was very impressive.

Can you expand on this. With my system the YT HD stuff plays fine, so what's the advantage you gain by switching.

I think only Nvidia Geforce- and ION-based graphics chips are supported.

Windows only (at this point) = thumbs down.

In better news, the new Adobe Air 2.0 beta fixes the crash bug that was plaguing Air in Linux on AMD CPU PCs.

*Legion* wrote:

Windows only (at this point) = thumbs down.

Not any more - there's intel mac and linux versions there now.

Yeah, but it doesn't do the video acceleration bit on those platforms.

Malor wrote:

Yeah, but it doesn't do the video acceleration bit on those platforms.

Right. And there isn't even a 64-bit Linux version at all.

Malor wrote:

Yeah, but it doesn't do the video acceleration bit on those platforms.

Oh, that'll teach me to not read all the words.

*Legion* wrote:

Right. And there isn't even a 64-bit Linux version at all.

I was excited initially but then I noticed this. Seriously, Adobe? You still make us use that crappy Flash 10 x86_64 alpha on linux that hasn't received an update in several months?

Flash 10.1 is okay on Windows, but that isn't where video playback performance is a problem. Linux is where the improvements are needed the most.

That's not entirely Adobe's fault. Video acceleration on Linux is pretty wonky. X is absolutely ancient code, and XFree86/X.Org isn't very well-architected.