Big day for web video: Adobe announces support for H.264 and HE-AAC in Flash Player

Big news today 🙂

Adobe announced support for industry standard H.264 video and HE-AAC audio in Adobe Flash Player. We are adding support for these codecs in Flash Player 9 Update 3 (code named “Moviestar”) currently available on Adobe Labs. The updated bits will be available for download later today (Tuesday) afternoon. I’ll post again when the Adobe Labs content goes live, where we will have an updated full screen demo with H.264 and an FAQ.

We’re really excited to bring this industry standard codec to the player, and it will also be coming to AIR. H.264 has a strong ecosystem and will give you more choice in terms of tools, content sources, and deployment options. The new codec also enjoys the other features introduced in Flash Player 9 update 3 – multi-core support for rendering and hardware accelerated full screen mode.

Until then, check out Tinic’s blog for some details of this new feature.

6 Responses to Big day for web video: Adobe announces support for H.264 and HE-AAC in Flash Player

  1. Faisal Abid says:

    I have to say this just made my startUp even easier. Thank you soo much Adobe, and Emmy for making my day (well its 2 am but what the heck)

  2. Does this updated beta also include MSAA support for plugin-based browsers such as Firefox? I can’t see any mention of this in the official release notes.I realise this feature isn’t as sexy as the H.264 support, but from your post about the previous beta I was hoping that Windows plugin MSAA support would be included.

  3. Jim says:

    Timely releases for Mac & Linux as well would be nice.

  4. That is awesome news! I’m so excited to get to see H.264 content playing in Flash. Will there be an update to Flash CS3 to support viewing the video in the authoring environment?

  5. greg h says:

    Hi Emmy,Exciting stuff getting H.264 into FP :-)I have a question related to Flash Player Version Penetration. Basically, Adobe reports only full version penetration statistics.For example, FP9 has been shipping since June 2006. Now H.264 will require FP 9.0.60.184 which likely will not go GA until October 2007.How would you advise the community to gauge penetration supporting H.264?With Adobe adding major features on dot releases, it really makes it confusing as to when penetration is sufficient to support these features added to dot releases late in the full versions’ release cycle.Thanks again for the amazing innovation being delivered by the FP team. Dot release or not ;-)Best regards,g

  6. Hey Emmy, I’m having a hard time parsing the licensing info and suspect others are as well — will Moviestar-based H.264 content progressively downloaded or streamed to a commercial site’s visitors require licensing if there is no charge for that content?I understand that Adobe has nothing to do with the licensing itself, but anything you can do to promote and plain-text the issues will be of immense use to the ground troops. Thx!