Flash 10.1 Tests: Hardware Accelerated HD Hulu and YouTube Video? Yes Please

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The first Flash 10.1 desktop player beta has arrived, and AnandTech has put the new GPU-accelerated video playback to the test. And while the OS X version currently lacks graphics acceleration, Flash 10.1 still serves up improvements on the Mac.

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I took the same [480p Hulu] Office clip I'd been using for all of the other tests and ran it on my Mac Pro at full screen (2560 x 1600)….Going from roughly 450% down to 190% (or a bit over 10% of total CPU utilization across 16 threads) made full-screen Hulu playable on my machine. In the past I always had to run it in a smaller window, but thanks to Flash 10.1 I don't have to any longer.

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Meanwhile, Nvidia Ion-accelerated video was deemed "almost perfect." Just take a look at the table. CPU-utilization of 70% generally makes video unwatchable, but updating to Flash 10.1 made full screen high-def (1920 by 1200) Hulu a smooth stream on the Ion test system.

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ATI chips and integrated Intel graphics ran into a few problems, but they've been attributed to the Flash 10.1 player still being a beta. I recommend giving the full test info a read over at: [AnandTech | Flash 10.1 Download]

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Adobe is so funny. "Mac OS X does not expose access to the required APIs" my ass.

OpenCL on Snow Leopard will offload processing to the GPU, and if they implemented their decoder using OpenCL they'd get GPU acceleration, not only for H.264 but for for any codec they want to, and without relying on proprietary APIs, as OpenCL is a standard now maintained by the Khronos Group.

Let's rephrase that: "Adobe does not have the manpower or capacity to code to the required APIs".