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.

Here is a list of current software from Adobe strongly related to (live) Flash Video: Flash Media Streaming Server 3 : streaming server for live and prerecorded flash video, $995 in US. Flash Media Interactive Server 3 : FMSS3 + interactivity, scalability, data exchange, shared objects, video recording, plug-ins, amf3, etc. see comparison here, $4500 in US. Flash Media Development Server 3 : free FMIS3 but limited at 10 simultaneous connections, download here (registration needed). Flash Media Live Encoder 2.5 : free desktop tool that helps you capture, encode and stream live video and audio to Flash Player applications using Flash Media Server or a Flash Video Streaming Service, free. Flash Video Streaming Service : a list of Content Delivery[…]