In a new posting on the Adobe Penguin.SWF blog, the details surrounding this OpenGL acceleration within the Flash Player is covered. The article is fairly in-depth, even going down to what OpenGL extensions are being used and how they are attempting to detect systems capable of hardware-based acceleration. Unfortunately, those using Compiz will have the OpenGL acceleration disabled due to SWFs being unstable in this configuration. The article also explains why X-Video isn't used and how RGB scaling via OpenGL is the future of Flash.
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