Adobe adds MPEG4 video playback to Flash 9

ADobe LogoThis is a really interesting bit of news that I just picked up over on

Adobe is added MPEG4 video support to it’s Flash 9 player, including the Linux version.

In what promises to boost video quality in desktop, mobile, and embedded devices, Adobe announced that it has added H.264 support to its popular Flash Player software. “Flash Player 9, Update 3 beta,” available for download from Adobe’s Labs website, supports Linux, OS X, and Windows.

H.264, also known as MPEG-4 Part 10 (ISO/IEC 14496-10), is already widely used on the Internet, and is also the mandatory format for the HD-DVD and Blu-ray video disc formats. (An IEEE overview of the standard can be downloaded in PDF format here.)

The blog of the lead Linux Flash software developer has more details.

You can also read the full article over at

This has significant implications for the proliferation of MPEG4 encoded video on the web. The Zonbu can currently play back MPEG4 clips, and I’ve been testing it against an encoder.

I have here with varying results. AppleQuickTime which is also MPEG4 based seems to work fine, but the other files I’ve tested have been a bit jerky. It may be my encoder or it may be the Zonbu (and I was encoding at a very high reoslution 640 X 480, 2.5 Mbps), more to come on that front.

-Mr. Zonbu


One Response to Adobe adds MPEG4 video playback to Flash 9

  1. As mentioned in a comment on the MPEG2/MPEG4 article, we are trying to add more hardware acceleration for video – especially MPEG4 though we are hitting the limit of the the Via chipset which doesn’t support everything.

    As for Flash, I want to seize the opportunity to say that we have been VERY disappointed by the efforts done by Adobe in the Linux space. Adobe has a behavior à la Microsoft. It’s far far away from what it should be on Linux. We are not the only Linux project to complaint – just browse the Internet. Important and simple optimization like hardware scaling is not available which creates a huge pain for a lot of platforms.

    Let’s hope that Adobe will improve his support for the Linux platform.

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