Adobe releases Flash Player 9, Flash Media Server

Adobe released on Tuesday Flash Player 9 Update 3 and Flash Media Server 3. The release of the two pieces of software enables the delivery of HD quality video to an online audience, according to Adobe.

The new version of Flash Player 9 includes support for H.264 video, the same standard deployed in Blu-Ray and HD-DVD high definition video players, and High Efficiency AAC (HE-AAC) audio capabilities. The update also features hardware accelerated, multi-core enhanced, full-screen video playback for high-resolution viewing.

The Apple supported H.264 video codec is now integrated across the Adobe Flash family of products, the company said.

Adobe Flash Player 9 Update 3 is a free download from the company’s Web site.

Adobe also announced the Flash Media Server 3 family of products. The new product line includes two offerings: Adobe Flash Media Streaming Server 3 for live and on-demand video streaming and Adobe Flash Media Interactive Server 3 for customized scalable video streaming services, plus multi-way social media applications.

Adobe Flash Media Server 3 is expected to be available in January 2008. Adobe Flash Media Interactive Server 3 will be offered at $4,500. For single-server deployments, Adobe Flash Media Streaming Server 3 will be available at $995.

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