John Nack: Flash Player 10.2 Video Playback to Be ‘Dramatically More Efficient’

John Nack (a month ago, but relevant today with the news about Chrome dropping native H.264 support):

Good news, though: the new Flash Player 10.2 (download the beta) offers a new, video-playback-optimized mode called Stage Video.  Building on top of the GPU acceleration added earlier this year, Stage Video can:

leverage complete hardware acceleration of the video rendering pipeline, from video decoding to scaling/blitting, enabling best-in-class playback performance. Stage Video can dramatically decrease processor usage and enables higher frame rates, reduced memory usage, and greater pixel fidelity and quality.

Color me skeptical, but we’ll see how it works in practice when it’s out of beta.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011