Flash Player hardware video acceleration for Macs is now enabled

Earlier this year, we released a public preview of Flash Player called “Gala” that included support for H.264 GPU decoding on Mac OS X. We’re happy to announce that this feature is now officially enabled in the latest Flash Player, and it can significantly improve the performance of HD video. You’ll see these additional benefits on Macs with Mac OS X 10.6.4 or later supported by the Apple Video Decode Acceleration framework, including most MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac mini models shipped in 2009 or later. You can read more about the technical details behind Mac hardware decoding on our earlier blog post. And go get it.

Flash Player 10.1 introduced numerous major performance and power management enhancements, and the Mac in particular benefits from improvements that include full Cocoa support, graphics hardware acceleration using Core Animation, faster code execution, significant memory optimizations, and now GPU video decoding support. We’ve also got some major enhancements in the pipe that will further enhance how content is experienced using the Flash Player – stay tuned.

Tom Nguyen
Product Manager, Flash Player

5 Responses to Flash Player hardware video acceleration for Macs is now enabled

  1. Yuhong Bao says:

    OT, but what is the status of bug FP-4940, the bug that I filed about Flash crashes on processors without CMOV, which is not fixed:

  2. THAT was about time… finally the long awaited acceleration. One felt pretty stupid needing a quadcore cpu to play HD content in flash.

  3. dad says:

    when do you wil do something about flash player for ipad??? there are many sites built with flash that can’t be reached with a ipad device!!!!

  4. ramona nunez says:

    No puedo con la instalacion para mi black berry curve