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Is encoding faster on a 64-bit OS?

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Hi all,

as the title says, i am wanting to know is encoding vidoes faster on a 64-bit OS, then a 32bit OS?

And will using a 64-bit OS through a VM such as VMWARE, for encoding. be the same as having the actual OS as a primary System?

(since i'm currently running XP 32bit, or will my current system as a 32-bit null the affect of the 64-bit through vmware)?
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I think it depends on how much RAM you use. If you have 8GB of RAM, you will see better performance on a 64bit system as it can see more than 4 GB of RAM.
I don't notice any real difference between XP 32 bit and Vista 64 bit.
The only thing I would think is the extra RAM that would be available, but that shouldn't effect much.
You won't be able to run a 64-bit guest OS on a 32-bit host, as technology stands right now. But yes, encoding can be faster if you run a 64-bit encoder too. I don't know any specific encoder that has a 64-bit mode though.
It depends on the application. If the application is 64bit it could very well be faster but if it is 32 bit you will see absolutely no difference. I dont do any encoding but I do alot of renders. Using 3dsMax 64bit is much faster than using its 32bit counterpart (about 20%). Its all in how they code their software.
You'd be better off to look for software that is multi-threaded and supports multi-core processors, as the boost in performance is way beyond the boost you'll get from 64-bit.
I use handbrake, which is a multi-threading, multi-core encoder, so i guess there's no point in me trying a 64-bit.

thanks everyone for your imput.
everything is faster an 64 bit OS , only if the software etc is good supported on that OS
the best way to improve encoding is to get a Quad. my encoding times dropped by half.

i don't think there's anything different between a 32-bit and a 64-bit OS when it comes to encoding, though
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