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Why does my footage have to conform every time that I open my project?

Apr 17, 2013 3:40 PM

Working on my senior thesis film, and I am using my university's Mac Lab. Whenever I open the project, Premiere has to conform all of my footage, which takes about an hour for the size of this project.

 

I thought it had something to do with the Media Cache Files and Media Cache Databases being stored locally on the computer you were working on. Does anyone know if that is the case for sure?

 

Does anyone know a solution for preventing my project from having to conform each time I open it?

 
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  • joe bloe premiere
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    Apr 17, 2013 4:04 PM   in reply to jeffreyabr

    Are you moving this project from one system to another?

    What is the location of your Media Cache files?

     
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    Apr 17, 2013 4:27 PM   in reply to jeffreyabr

    At our university, they wipe all of the user accounts at midnight on schedule. This means we can't store all 200GB+ of our footage on the local machine.

    These files either get wiped by the school (because they're stored in

    /Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Media Cache Files

    and

    /Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Media Cache

    In your case (since your cache gets auto-wiped each night),

    I would store the cache files on the external with the media

    (as long as you are using a fast enough external interface...

    eSATA or USB3 should be ok).

     

    If you have an identical path to your Media Cache on both systems,

    Premiere should only have to generate cache files for any new media.

     
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    Apr 17, 2013 4:29 PM   in reply to jeffreyabr

    In preferences change the location of the media cache and media cache database to your external drive. It will be slow, but better than conforming all the time.

     
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    Apr 17, 2013 4:46 PM   in reply to jeffreyabr

    You set the external path in the preferences on both machines...

    before opening the project (assuming some other user was in the

    seat before you were).

     

    Launch Premiere, edit the path, open the project.

     
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  • joe bloe premiere
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    Apr 17, 2013 5:11 PM   in reply to jeffreyabr

    Flawed experiment.

     

    Delete all cache files on both machines.

    Launch Premiere (system A), set your Cache location to the external.

    Open your Project, let it finish conforming.

    Exit

    Connect external to system B.

    Launch Premiere, set your Cache location to the external.

    Open your same Project, it should not need to conform.

     

    Important note:

    you need to be sure you have the same drive letter

    assigned to the external on both systems.

     
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    Apr 17, 2013 5:17 PM   in reply to jeffreyabr

    I originally opened Premiere and the project on system A which conformed to the specified location.

    Then I copied it to the external.

    Leave out this step... I would try what's described above.

     
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    Apr 18, 2013 3:49 PM   in reply to jeffreyabr

    You need to be certain you have the same drive letter

    assigned to the external on both systems... do you?

     

    Premiere will look to the absolute path as defined

    in your preferences... drive letter included.

     
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