Flash 10.1 for Mac Updated with Hardware Acceleration

Posted on August 10, 2010 by

Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1 for Mac has been updated to enable hardware-accelerated decoding of video content.  Flash Player 10.1 was released in June, but did not include hardware acceleration for the Mac. This update should help bring smoother playback and lower system resource usage.

We just pushed a few minutes ago a new version of the Flash Player 10.1.82.76 containing a nice feature that was in beta until now called “Gala”. Yes, H.264 GPU decoding in Mac OSX is now officially enabled in the Flash Player.

You should notice now a nice difference when playing H.264 content on your Mac in terms of CPU usage. We rarely enable new features in security releases but we really wanted to enable such a cool feature.

Hardware acceleration is supported on the following models.

  • MacBooks shipped after January 21st, 2009
  • Mac Minis shipped after March 3rd, 2009
  • MacBook Pros shipped after October 14th, 2008
  • iMacs which shipped after the first quarter of 2009

You can download the updated version of Flash Player on Adobe’s website.

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