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Stage Video is key new feature of beta offering

Adobe has launched a new beta version of its Flash Player. The new version is 10.2 beta and it is available on Windows, Linux, and Mac computers right now on Adobe Labs. The new beta includes Stage Video which is a new API that has best in class video playback performance across platforms. The beta also has support for hardware acceleration in IE9.

Other new features include enhanced text rendering, native mouse cursors API along, and support for full screen playback with multiple monitors. Stage Video is one of the most important things in the new beta version and promises to allow websites to deliver smooth video to a number of different devices and access hardware acceleration for the entire video pipeline.

Adobe writes, "Working together with hardware vendors has helped us take advantage of the GPU to offload not only H.264 hardware decoding (introduced in Flash Player 10.1) but the rest of the video rendering pipeline, including color conversion, scaling, and blitting. How efficient is hardware acceleration in Flash Player 10.2 beta? Using Stage Video, we’ve seen laptops play smooth 1080p HD video with just over 0% CPU usage."

Stage video will work with all existing video viewed in Flash Player according to Adobe once the new API is used in the video player SWFs. Adobe notes that YouTube has already started to add early support for Stage Video. Using IE9, Adobe claims that some tests have shown up to 35% improvement in rendering performance. The final release of Flash Player 10.2 is expected for next year.

Adobe notes, "We’ve found the beta to be pretty stable and ready for broad testing, but keep in mind this is a pre-release version of Flash Player, so not everything will be fully baked. If you encounter any issues, please file a bug in our public database so we can investigate. We appreciate your help and feedback."

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RE: heh
By MeesterNid on 12/1/2010 11:34:34 AM , Rating: 5
I disagree...what we really need is more HTML5 video and better browser support for HTML5.

RE: heh
By greylica on 12/2/2010 6:58:54 AM , Rating: 2
You sir, for your HTML5 comment, deserves 8 !

RE: heh
By B3an on 12/4/2010 6:36:09 AM , Rating: 1
And why do we need this when we already have a better option? HTML5 video is inferior to Flash.

Now Flash has better performing Video playback. On top of this Flash can play different video codecs and many file types - now all fully hardware accelerated. It dont support one standard like HTML5 officially does.

It can play H.264 in many formats - MP4, M4A, Quicktime, then theres 3GPP, FLV, and F4V files. Soon it will also support the open standard VP8 video codec from Google.

Then theres the capabilites of Flash has over HTML5 video for streaming and managing bitrates, it's ability to fully secure the content, to support alpha channels in video, easily make your own custom player interface, or have animations and anything else on top of the video or interacting with it, including subtitles. For example compare the youtube HTML5 player to the Flash version. It's very limited in comparison to what it can do (not everything is immediately obvious or even noticeable to the user though). Even Google/youtube seem to have now gone back to using the Flash Player as default with browsers that support HTML5 video.
Yeah Flash is proprietary but it is open for anyone to make there own Flash Player (and people have) and it will support an open video codec, unlike HTML5.

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