Just the other day Adobe released Flash Player 188.8.131.52, and the most notable feature is the new H.264 (HD quality) video support. That is pretty big news because H.264 offers better video quality at lower bitrates, which inevitably makes for a better viewing experience. As Wikipedia points out there are numerous benefits to using H.264 for sharing videos.
One site that has already jumped on the bandwagon for supporting the H.264 is Hulu (review). Right now you have to be invited to join Hulu, but if you’re a member they have an HD gallery currently available. Obviously the quality of the trailers and clips that they have on there right now is better than the current Hulu quality, but the selection is still rather limited. For the inquisitive minds out there here are Hulu’s requirements for the HD quality videos:
- Flash Player 184.108.40.206
- 2.5Mbps Internet connection or greater
- Windows: Intel Pentium 4 3GHz processor (or equivalent), 128MB of RAM, 64MB of VRAM
- Macintosh: Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor, 256MB of RAM, 64MB of VRAM
- Linux: Intel Pentium 4 3GHz processor (or equivalent), 128MB of RAM, 64MB of VRAM
The system requirements to watch the videos are a bit steep, but newer computers from the last few years should have no troubles. Otherwise you might experience some skipping while watching them.
Let us know if you find any other good HD quality content that is taking advantage of the new Flash 9.