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Which version of VLC Media Player should I download, 32-bit or 64-bit version?

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Found 13th Dec 2013
Hello,

I am running Windows 8 64-bit at the moment, and when I tried to download VLC earlier, by default it tried to download the 32-bit version.

So I just wanted to know if there are any differences between them or not, and whether I should install the 64-bit version of VLC Media Player instead? As I still haven't ran the installation file yet.

Thanks in advance.

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Editor

In a lot of cases the difference isn't noticeable with a lot of software , i'd say go with 64bit versions where possible.

Editor

To make it easier to comprehend, think of it as 32bit = a road and 64bit as a dual carrage way. More data can move around it and make things faster or smoother as well as other benefits. It makes better use of our hardware. I can talk through it better than i can type it. Here is a link that you may find useful though.

techsupportalert.com/con…htm
Edited by: "NeoTrix" 13th Dec 2013

Original Poster

NeoTrix

To make it easier to comprehend, think of it as 32bit = a road and 64bit … To make it easier to comprehend, think of it as 32bit = a road and 64bit as a dual carrage way. More data can move around it and make things faster or smoother as well as other benefits. It makes better use of our hardware. I can talk through it better than i can type it. Here is a link that you may find useful though.http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/32-bit-and-64-bit-explained.htm


Thank you NeoTrix. I'll try the 64-bit version later then.

Could you also confirm please, should I download 'vlc-2.1.2-win64.exe' on the below link, as there are several options?

download.videolan.org/pub…64/

Editor

I will pm you a secure link now.

Original Poster

NeoTrix

I will pm you a secure link now.


Got it. Thanks very much for all your help NeoTrix.

Merry Christmas,
Transformers

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Transformers

Got it. Thanks very much for all your help NeoTrix. :)Merry … Got it. Thanks very much for all your help NeoTrix. :)Merry Christmas,Transformers



No problem at all, anything else...just ask.
You too! Have a good one!

For media players, I prefer 32 bit as there are plugins (such as MadVR ) that don't work with 64 bit.

64 bit is not always quicker than their 32 bit counterparts. 64 bit processing does use wider data paths for transfer of data as per the analogy earlier but also more memory is used for storage even if the extra memory is not required (an integer number than fit into 32 bits will still utilise 64 bits within a 64 bit system). Since more memory is being used, extra CPU cycles are used to retrieve data from memory.

On a 64 bit system, a single integer number requires 8 bytes of storage whereas 4 bytes are used for an integer in a 32 bit application. Although accessing 64 bits of data within the registers of a 64 bit CPU will use the same number of clock cycles as a 32 bit CPU that accesses 32 bits of data within its register, but this is not the case when retrieving data from memory. 64 bit integers require twice the amount of memory accesses as that of 32 bit integers.

A carefully written 64 bit application will take advantage of internal 64 bit handling within the CPU registers while attempting to reduce the amount of memory access of integer numbers.
Edited by: "ElliottC" 20th Feb 2015

Have just tried the 64-bit VLC on my 64-bit Win 7 Prof computer and it DOES NOT run as well as the 32-bit version downloaded 26/12/2014. Currently edit and play 4k video MPG4 movies with max video bit-rate of 118Mb/s. Under the VLC-64bit bad stuttering occurs on sequences with high data density. No problem with the slightly older 32-bit VLC. My computer i-7 CPU runs at 3.89GHz and has 32Gb memory plus two NVIDIA GTX 980M graphics cards.

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