Preferences --> Media & Disk Cache. Magic!
Ah excellent :-)
So should I target another disc such as my secondary WD 750GB Black, or leave it as it is and just empty the cache after every session? Or will that affect my projects when I reload them?
...I immediately noticed that in my Mac OS X Lion / Users / Library / Preferences / Adobe folder a subfolder for AE that was taking up over 10GB of space! I immediately deleted that folder, but when I opened one of my comps I had a message saying over 80 files are missing, etc
Bad news, bud...
You just deleted your temporary AE render files. You see, AE has to render EVERYTHING. No way around it. So when you made a QT reference files, they referenced the very files you deleted.
When rendering in AE, making reference files is a false economy. You need to make them self-contained. Only then will you have what you need.
And if you're this concerned about the amount of storage AE uses, you really need more storage.
Thanks for the reply.
Can you please elabourate this please:
"When rendering in AE, making reference files is a false economy. You need to make them self-contained. Only then will you have what you need."
I am using an SSD combined with a fast 7200rpm hard drive, so am I best creating a disk cache folder on that drive as it is a 750gb drive. Also when is the best time to empty the cache via preferences / Media & Disc Cache / Empty Disk Cache. In addition what actually happens when disk cache is disabled?
The Disk Cache is intended to speed up previewing, and to a certain extent, rendering -- which is the creation of animations in AE. To make a file that can be transported to non-Adobe applications, it has to be the complete file.
And if the term "Render Queue" is new in your vocabulary, you really need to learn how to use it.