Flash Player 11.2 Beta and Adobe AIR 3.2 Beta available on Adobe Labs

We just released Flash Player 11.2 Beta and Adobe AIR 3.2 Beta on Adobe Labs. The main features for this release are:

Multi-threaded video decoding (Windows, Mac OS, and Linux) — The video decoding pipeline is now fully multi-threaded. This feature should improve the overall performance on all platforms. Note that this feature is a significant architecture change required for other future improvements.

Flash Player background updates (Windows) — New versions of the runtimes can now be delivered more effectively to the end user with this enhanced updating mechanism (Background update is only available in the release versions of Flash Player).

From the release notes some additional info on the multi-threaded video decoding feature:

Multi-threaded pipeline was written grounds up to support lower end devices and full hardware stacks where all the decoding and rendering isoffloaded to hardware. The benefits of the modernization of the pipeline would be visible from mobile devices, tvs, netbooks to high end desktops.In Flash Player 11.2, the new video pipeline is available for desktop platforms (including netbooks ) and brings enhancements with respect to:

  • Eliminating jitter seen occasionally in some encoding and typically in live streams and real time interactive scenarios.
  • Gains in frame rate by reducing dropped frames as much as 50% on certain platforms with high bit rate content.
  • Seek frame accuracy.
  • High resolution/bit rate content decoding would still keep the player UI responsive and any background ActionScript processing going,which earlier could have experienced brief halts because all the decoding and player UI/ActionScript resided on the main thread. For HTTP streaming, ActionScript is the control point of fetching the stream data and delivering to the video stack. On seek, earlier thestreaming would halt, while the frames up to the point of seek would be getting decoded. With multithreaded video decoding, not onlywould the seek be more responsive, but it would also start playback faster after seek.
  • 50+ fixes as part of the modernization of the video pipeline architecture

Is this cool or what?

8 thoughts on “Flash Player 11.2 Beta and Adobe AIR 3.2 Beta available on Adobe Labs

  1. I cannot get H.264 mp4 videos to play on an iPad. I can get them to play when I test in FB but not on iPad. I there a fix or work around for that.

    Thanks
    Mike

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