Adobe Brings Flash 10.1 Hardware Acceleration to OS X
Adobe has announced – in what could be considered a snub to Apple for its iPhone antics – that they are now bringing hardware accelerated Flash version 10.1 to Apple's OS X operating system. When the little white box appears, hardware acceleration is going on.
Adobe explains the necessity for hardware accleration, saying, "Many video professionals point out that access to hardware video decoding is the single most important factor in overall CPU load when playing video. Mac OS X 10.6.3, which became available on March 29, 2010, is the first Mac OS X release to expose APIs that support H.264 hardware video decoding in the browser. The combination of NVIDIA GPUs (GeForce 9400M, GeForce 320M or GeForce GT 330M) with the Gala version of Flash Player enables supported Macs running the current version of OS X to deliver smooth, flicker-free HD video with substantially decreased power consumption. Users will be able to enjoy a much smoother viewing experience when accessing rich, H.264 video content built with the Flash Platform from popular sites like Hulu.com or YouTube."