Adobe has introduced support for high definition video in the form of the introduction of the H.264 codec within Flash Player 9.

The latest update for Adobe Flash Player 9 will be available in beta for immediate download later today from Adobe Labs. The update was code-named Moviestar during the development process.

H.264 is the same standard deployed in Blu-Ray and HD-DVD high definition video players. The update also adds AAC (HE-AAC) audio support, as well as hardware accelerated, multi-core enhanced full screen video playback.

The company hopes the release will lead to the use of Flash as a solution for the delivery of HD television quality and premium audio content online.

“Adobe is committed to providing a seamless creation-to-playback solution that allows creatives and developers to produce video and rich-media once, and then deploy that content across the widest array of distribution and playback environments,” said John Loiacono, senior vice president of creative solutions at Adobe.

“Already a broadly adopted industry standard, the inclusion of the H.264 codec in Adobe Flash Player, Adobe AIR, the Creative Suite product line, and the upcoming Adobe Media Player will accelerate customer workflows, enabling the creation and repurpose of high-quality web video content without extra development costs.”

The final release is expected to be available via update in the fall. Demonstrations of Adobe Flash Media Server and Adobe Flash Media Encoder supporting the new codecs will be held during IBC 2007 at the RAI Exhibition and Congress Center in Amsterdam, September 7- 11.