Adobe announced it will add support for H.264 high-definition video compression in its new version of Flash:
The updated Flash Player also will be able to take advantage of hardware acceleration in most PCs' graphics cards and is optimized for dual-core processors, said Mark Randall, chief strategist for dynamic media at Adobe. It will support HE-AAC version 2, a more efficient audio compression standard that is also part of MPEG 4.
The new features will be made available in the fall as part of an update to Flash Player 9.
Support for the H.264 standard will lead to more Web video content being available in high definition, Randall said. He said Adobe chose to support the standard now because it is being adopted more by content producers and media distributors like cable companies.
Microsoft on the other hand is preparing a web video technology called Silverlight which supports Windows Media Audio and Video video compression.