Flash Player 10.2 beta improves hardware acceleration

Are we nearing the end of the road for sluggish Flash video playback on low-end systems? Adobe has released a beta version of the Flash Player 10.2 plug-in, which introduces Stage Video, a "new API that delivers best-in-class, high performance video playback across platforms." That’s apparently marketing talk for hardware acceleration across the whole video rendering pipeline, not just hardware H.264 decoding like Flash 10.1 currently offers. Translation: much lower CPU usage.

Flash Player Senior Computer Scientist Tinic Uro demonstrated Flash 10.2 earlier this month at the MAX event (while inexplicably wearing an ill-fitting Star Trek shirt). The demo pretty much speaks for itself:

The Flash Player 10.2 beta also adds other goodies, like Internet Explorer 9 hardware-acceleration support and another feature that has me particularly excited: proper multi-monitor support. Yes, finally, you can full-screen a YouTube video on one monitor and work on the other monitor without having the video pop back into the browser windows as soon as you click somewhere—the same behavior as any self-respecting video player. Oh joy! Now I can enjoy adorable kitten videos all day, every day.

The Flash Player 10.2 beta is available from this page right now for both Windows and Mac OS X.

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    • Bensam123
    • 9 years ago

    No one commented asking why he’s in a startrek: the original series shirt that’s about two sizes too small?

      • Evil_Sheep
      • 9 years ago

      Oh dear. That’s a shirt that flatters even Fat Shat (ner) in comparison. Epic fail.

    • Vaughn
    • 9 years ago

    Where is the 64bit Beta …….

    • link626
    • 9 years ago

    if it can accelerate flash on my ancient geforce 3 pc, then i’ll be impressed.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 9 years ago

    Actually guys I’m not able to get YouTube videos to remain full screen on the other monitor. Anyone else getting that to work?

    // Chrome for OS X.

      • Kurlon
      • 9 years ago

      Chrome on OS X uses it’s own bundle of flashplayer that isn’t upgraded when you install the beta.

        • ssidbroadcast
        • 9 years ago

        Right you are. Got it working on Safari.

    • Deanjo
    • 9 years ago

    Nice that it supports vdpau. Once again proving that nvidia is the only real solution for linux graphics while AMD continues to struggle with getting it’s xvBA support out the door for close to 3 years now.

      • crabjokeman
      • 9 years ago

      Please limit your nvidia shilling to phoronix.com
      Thanks.

        • Deanjo
        • 9 years ago

        Awwwe does someone here have an AMD card here using linux? Wanna cookie?

          • crabjokeman
          • 9 years ago

          I have different systems running Linux with various GPU’s. That’s not really the point though. I was just lamenting the fact that almost every time I read an article or news blurb related to video on Linux, you’re there advertising nvidia like a paid employee of the company. I wonder if you have a soul or are just some artificially intelligent sentient being.

        • Shining Arcanine
        • 9 years ago

        He is from nvnews.net.

      • axeman
      • 9 years ago

      I tried the beta on Linux which nvidia graphics card, and it works for #$%^, 3/4 of the time the video ends up stopping while the audio continues. so.. meh.

    • Kurlon
    • 9 years ago

    Wow, the beta wrecks video playback on m first gen MBP. I’m getting about 3 FPS and no audio.

    Edit: I take that back, something with the latest OSX update hosed flash video across the board for me, lovely.

    • axeman
    • 9 years ago

    I wonder if this is going to improve performance on systems where flash isn’t hardware accelerated. I’ve noticed the exact thing demonstrated, that when flash overlays vector elements over video, like the controls and other garbage on youtube, that performance gets alot worse. Put it full screen, wait for the garbage to disappear, all of a sudden it gets smooth. This is on a Yonah powered system, I imagine the same thing happens on much faster systems, it’s just not as apparent.

    • odizzido
    • 9 years ago

    So has flash improved to the point where we can say it is a “pile of rotting garbage”? Or is it not quite that good yet?

    • derFunkenstein
    • 9 years ago

    i tried to watch the video but that accent was too distracting.

      • bdwilcox
      • 9 years ago

      More distracting than that shirt?

    • anotherengineer
    • 9 years ago

    So by version 14.95 it should be close to perfect?

      • sschaem
      • 9 years ago

      So far better then HTML5… Flash seem to have the best H.264 video codec for web playback to date (and its cross platform to boot)

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 9 years ago

    q[

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 9 years ago

    Awesome. Now my GPU can make it crash even faster than my CPU!

    • adisor19
    • 9 years ago

    Refuses to install on OS X claiming that a newer version is already installed.

    FAIL.

    Adi

      • 5150
      • 9 years ago

      Probably something wrong with your OS.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 9 years ago

      Apple is trying to tell you that HTML5 /[

        • adisor19
        • 9 years ago

        It’s not Apple’s installer, it’s Adobe’s… so can you reformulate your comment again based on this new information ?

        Adi

          • jstern
          • 9 years ago

          Just uninstall it and then reinstall the new one. Don’t see the need to even complain about this.

            • dmitriylm
            • 9 years ago

            It’s difficult for him to comprehend the fact that removing software is even a possibility.

            • UberGerbil
            • 9 years ago

            Isn’t that what Time Machine is for?

            😉

    • bdwilcox
    • 9 years ago

    Maybe he can make his next presentation in his Spiderman Underoos.

    • Farting Bob
    • 9 years ago

    The best thing about this news is the hidden kitty link. Awwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!
    Also, will flash get hardware support in linux for my netbook? Please say yes.

    • ManAtVista
    • 9 years ago

    Wow, pretty nice upgrade, installed it thinking it was just another point release. Now to go watch some videos in IE9 beta.

    • crose
    • 9 years ago

    q[

      • Kharnellius
      • 9 years ago

      Plus One++++

    • Sargent Duck
    • 9 years ago

    That kitten video is full of win.

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