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Adobe release H.264 video support for Flash player

In a bid to stay relevant in the world of high definition video Adobe's new Flash player has officially shipped with the H.264 video standard included.

In a bid to stay relevant in the world of high definition video Adobe's new Flash player has officially shipped with the H.264 video standard included.

Released this week, Flash Player 9 Update 3, which went under the code name Moviestar during beta, includes the H.264 standard video support, making way for better quality pictures and the HE-AAC standard for increased audio quality.

H.264 and HE-AAC are open industry standards used in existing authoring and publishing workflows by content providers. Adobe say content producers can use existing H.264 material and play it natively in the Flash player, reducing time spent encoding and optimising content for multiple platforms.

"Adobe Flash technology has been a major force behind Internet TV as we know it, bringing viewers instant-on, engaging experiences," said Kevin Lynch, senior vice president and chief software architect for Adobe said in a statement.

In related news H.264 support will also extend to Adobe's Air runtime, the company's rich Internet application(RIA) platform which allows developers to create Web-based, desktop-like applications.

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