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H.264 GPU Decoding in Flash Player on Mac OS X is live!


08.10.10 Posted in Actionscript 3, Flash Player, Inside the Flash Player by

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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.

You should notice now a nice difference when playing H.264 content on your Mac in terms of CPU usage. We rarely enable new features in security releases but we really wanted to enable such a cool feature. For more details about it, Tinic already posted about this.

Of course, you will not see the tiny top left white rectangle anymore, we removed it.

Noe that we are actively working on improving even more the video experience in the Flash Player, more about this soon.

To download the latest version, you know where to get it ;)

It may take a few hours to get propagated, so make sure you double check the version.



128 Responses to “H.264 GPU Decoding in Flash Player on Mac OS X is live!”

  1. Thibault Imbert says:

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for the feedback. I can reproduce this bug, I am investigating on the issue and let you know here.

    Thibault

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  3. Thibault Imbert says:

    Hi Jens,

    Interesting. Which browser are you running for those tests ?

    Thanks!

    Thibault

  4. Ben Nice says:

    Hi,
    I found a bug in 10.1.82.76 playing a video on “You Tube”
    “http://www.youtube.com/user/HellPizzaNZ” at the end of video it lets you make a choice by clicking on one of two sections of the video. It use to work under the old flash player but under 10.1.82.76 it doesn’t work now as clicking on the video pauses it.

    Tested under Safari 5.0.1 and Firefox 3.6.8

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  6. Ernesto says:

    I’m experiencing issues streaming live video in h.264 with this new version of flash player.
    When we play a live streaming in a Mac with this new version, the video freezes or only shows the key frames. The audio seams to be normal.
    The problem doesn’t happens in Windows or Linux.

    I’m using a MacBook with MacOS 10.6.4, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and the problem happened in all browsers (safari, firefox and chrome).
    The live streaming source is a FMLE 3.1, being distributed by a FMIS 3.5.3.
    We have tested with our player, with the sample player that comes with FMIS and with a OSMF player.

  7. seb says:

    Question :
    Ok, it’s great to have hardware acceleration on video decoding. Nice feature.

    But I was wondering if someday we could expect to have the same feature available to any graphic elements ?
    Flash player really needs to be faster and not just a little bit. It has to be really really faster. I know lot of 3D features will be announced by adobe in october but I don’t need more features and tools if I don’t have more power and speed.

  8. J-F says:

    ok ill need to test it tonight thanks alot.

  9. Teb says:

    Is it normal to notice like a blink when the video starts playing? Does it means that the GPU started working or something like that?

  10. Alan says:

    It is not currently working with a Mid 2010 MacMini with NVIDIA GeForce 320M, 10.6.4, and Apple Snow Graphics Update 1.0 (Aug 2010).

    I’m using a Resident Evil: Afterlife trailer at 720p as an example:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEDtOEVvxl

    CPU Usage:
    FireFox: 80-90%
    Safari: 45-60%

    Confirmed with version linked in (6) 10.1.81.24 that I do receive the white square but in FireFox only? Used the flash uninstaller prior to installing this version.

  11. Does it require wmode=”gpu”?

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  19. Michael says:

    I have a mid 2010 15″ macbook pro with dual graphics. (Integrated Intel HD and the Nvida Geforce GT 330M) I want to make sure I am understanding correctly. GPU acceleration is not enable on the Intel HD, only when I switch to my discrete graphics. Am I understanding this correctly?

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  26. Groinko says:

    Hi Thibault!
    I just tried some 1080p videos on Vimeo with my i7 MBP running Chrome with Lion: CPU usage is 50-60% with Flash Player, 12% with HTML5 player. On my Win7 pc with Flash Player, same video: 2% CPU activity…

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