Adobe has released a beta version of Flash Player 9 Update 3 (code name Moviestar) for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.
The beta features very noticeable video improvements including support for the highly regarded H.264 video compression format that delivers a higher quality image while using less bandwidth. It is currently used by both Blu-ray and HD DVD high definition video formats, as well as the latest versions of Apple’s QuickTime. Satellite TV providers, DirecTV and Dish Networks, also have plans to move to this more efficient format.
Other improvements include the support for HE-AAC, an advanced audio encoding format audio codec. Now popular multicore PCs will benefit from the added support for multicore rendering for vectorial elements in Flash animations and a faster, better full screen mode thanks to hardware based image scaling which is now available for Linux as well.
Adobe recommends uninstalling all previous Flash plugin versions before installing the beta. I did it so and got to try it. The demo video file definitely looked great but it was not free from hiccups here and there providing an average performance overall with the benefit of very high quality picture.