Adobe announced the latest update for Adobe Flash Player 9 software, code-named Moviestar, which includes H.264 standard video support — the same standard deployed in Blu-Ray and HD-DVD high definition video players — and High Efficiency AAC (HE-AAC) audio support, as well as hardware accelerated, multi-core enhanced full screen video playback. These advancements enable the delivery of HD television quality and premium audio content through the Adobe Flash Player and pave the way to expand rich media on the desktop and H.264 ready consumer devices.
Adobe Flash Player content reaches over 98 percent of Internet-enabled desktops, as well as a wide range of devices. Today, both live and on demand television shows are being delivered online with video that can be viewed using Adobe Flash Player, and the technology also powers the video capabilities of social networking sites such YouTube and MySpace. As Adobe expands Flash experiences outside the Web browser, content can be shared across different devices and people can get great video experiences on the video players of their choice, including the upcoming Adobe Media Player. Consumers can also stream user-generated content such as home movies from Adobe Premiere Elements with Adobe Flash Player and play video movies on handheld, portable devices.
The public beta version of the update to Adobe Flash Player 9 software, code-named Moviestar, which includes H.264 and HE-AAC functionality, are available as a free download from Adobe Labs at http://labs.adobe.com. The final release is expected to be available via update in the fall.