Moviestar debut brings high-def video to Flash

Adobe Systems plans to take its popular Flash Player technology to the next level Tuesday, unveiling an update codenamed "Moviestar" equipped with high-definition video technology. Moviestar will support the H.264 codec video compression standard now available in Blu-ray systems, HD-DVD players, and TV set-top boxes. The company will offer Moviestar in a beta version Tuesday, with the intention of releasing the final product this fall. Moviestar adds to the existing Flash Player 9 platform.

With Moviestar, Adobe is taking note of the rising profile of video on computers. "Video is really driving so much of the Internet now," particularly marketing and communications-related endeavors, said Mark Randall, chief strategist for dynamic media at Adobe. "What [the announcement] means is that people are going to be able to have higher quality experiences," Randall said. "[Enterprises will] be able to deliver better-quality experiences and do so more efficiently in terms of bit rate," said Randall.

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Does anyone else see this as Adobe copying Microsoft's Silverlight? I know Microsoft copied Adobe first when they started Silverlight, but one of the main features of Silverlight was that it was going to use the WVC1 video codec for HD video support. Now Adobe is adding H.264 support for Flash. More than likely to compete.

IceBreakerG said,
Does anyone else see this as Adobe copying Microsoft's Silverlight? I know Microsoft copied Adobe first when they started Silverlight, but one of the main features of Silverlight was that it was going to use the WVC1 video codec for HD video support. Now Adobe is adding H.264 support for Flash. More than likely to compete.

Pardon? Flash has always able to support video - the only difference is it now supports another format - more choices - now bloody terrible. Nothing to do with copying.

What I want to see is silverlight working on Windows + MacOS X + Linux/UNIX and finally provide Adobe with some competition.

what about flashpaper platform, we need a compatible version for vista...

btw it sound like movistar telefonica would sue them xDD

Would be nice if Adobe could concentrate on making Flash Player more stable. I have crashing IE7 all the time. Seems like the player itself just got a lot worse since they aquired it via the Macromedia merge.