It seems there are quite a few issues with Adobe products running on the new¬† Mac OS X Lion One that affects us the most is the fact that the Privacy modal window in Flash Player asking you for permission to access your webcam can not be used anymore. The buttons don’t click. Our friends at http://www.userplane.com/ have posted a workdaround for it that involves going into your System Preferences. Hopefully a new version of Flash Player will be released soon by Adobe that adresses this issue.

Hardware accelerated playback of h.264 content in Flash Player 10.1 beta actually works! Usually when watching any HD video on the Vimeo HD Channel my CPU would¬† spike to about 40-50% usage. But now, after installing Flash Player 10.1 beta on my laptop, the playback process is handled by my GPU thus leaving the CPU to attend to other tasks. CPU usage with Flash Player 10.1 beta has dropped to about 10-20% (from 40-50%)! For now hardware accelerated playback is only available on the Windows version of Flash Player 10.1 beta and only for h.264 video content, but it’s a great step in the right direction.

Adobe has released today Flash Media Server 3. FMS 3 is available in 3 editions: Flash Media Streaming Server ($995) Flash Media Interactive Server ($4500) Flash Media Development Server (free, 10 simultaneous connections limit) You can find a side by side comparison of the 3 editions here but the most important new features from my opinion are: Limitations on bandwidth and connections limit have been lifted More secure content delivery (rtmpe, swf hashing) H.264 video and HE-AAC audio Audio/Video stream delivery to Flash Lite 3 Major improvements in performance AMF3 support and new plugin arhitecture AVChat and AVConference should work without any issues with FMS3 as a media server should you choose to use it. More links: Flash Media Server[…]