Why does flash video seem to skip less than HTML5 video when my computer's processor is busy?

Flash video seems stabler and less prone to playback hiccups when the computer's overloaded and busy. Why would this be? I would expect native browser video playback to be more stable and performant, if anything.

I'm in Google Chrome and windows, FWIW.


Flash has established itself for playing videos long before HTML, so if anything I'd expect the browser support to be less stable. After all, video in Flash had years to mature.

Also Chrome apparently does not use hardware-accelerated video decoding by default.

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