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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 bug77 on 12/1/2010 4:50:35 PM , Rating: 2
On Linux/Mac OS maybe?

Fwiw, Stage Video is supposed to bring acceleration to all platforms. Then again, so was Flash 10.1, but it the end it ended up launching with Windows acceleration only.

RE: heh
By sprockkets on 12/1/2010 5:12:22 PM , Rating: 2
Well, according to their pdf about the release, it again only supports Windows and OSX.

Ironic is the fact that Linux with Moonlight has hardware decode support with Silverlight. Of course Netflix can't be arsed with using it even though its the same thing.

RE: heh
By bug77 on 12/2/2010 3:51:06 AM , Rating: 2
What can I say? Lightspark FTW!

RE: heh
By bug77 on 12/2/2010 4:10:31 AM , Rating: 2
Hey, it there's good news for Linux after all:

Uses VDPAU, but if you cared about Linux at all, you already have a Nvidia card.

RE: heh
By B3an on 12/4/2010 7:29:41 AM , Rating: 2
The reason Flash Player 10.1 did not support hardware decode on OSX was simply because Apple would not allow Adobe to tap into OSX's hardware acceleration. They changed there policies later on which is why FP 10.2 now supports OSX acceleration.

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