Finally! Flash to have HW acceleration of H.264 in Mac OS X
After all, the debate Apple vs Adobe is producing some good effects.
Tinic Uro annunced on his blog the availability of the a new FP 10.1 preview release (Gala) . Gala is a “preview”, which means it is not a new beta but shows us a future feature. The feature, you know, is the long awaited support for HW acceleration of H.264 decoding for Mac. From the official page:
“Gala introduces support for H.264 video hardware decoding on Mac OS X 10.6.3, the most recent release of Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Gala allows developers to preview Flash Player with hardware acceleration of H.264 video on supported Mac computers equipped with the following GPUs: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, GeForce 320M or GeForce GT 330M. The hardware acceleration functionality in the Gala preview release of Flash Player is expected to be included in an update following the release of Flash Player 10.1”
Dan Rayburn and AnandTech have tested Gala reporting very good improvements in decoding performance in HD and FullHD resolutions. Tinic has also revealed that there are some more room for improvements. Who needs HTML5 then ? (who has said iPad and iPhone only ?)