The blue bar is the disk cache, the green bar the RAM cache. And the cache locations can be set in the prefs - just like in Premiere.
Also when i hit space bar to play in AE it goes green for a few seconds then it leaves the bar behind blue!
If would be silly to have two applications that did the same thing, right? Well, AE & Premiere do different things. They're intended to be used in different ways. They originate from two different software developers with different notions of how to do things.
So long story short: keep them fingers off the space bar in AE! Instead, crack open the AE Help and look up the topic of Previewing: you can search for it.
You'll find a boatload of different ways to preview various things in AE, which is an effects, animation and compositing applifcation... as opposed to Premiere, which is a video editing application. Two entirely different things.
In AE, you'll get your best performance by having your render cache on your SSD. the biggest gains in app speed and rendering RAM previews come from reading and writing that layer render data to cache. If it comes off the SSD, you'll see the best performance. The blue bars represent cached renders and when you do a RAM preview, it recalls that info to make your RAM previews render much much faster.
Thanks for getting back to me
But if i put my render cache on the ssd, wont that fill it up? I want to leave the ssd alone as much as possible
> I want to leave the ssd alone as much as possible
The reason to have an SSD is to use it for items that need fast read and write access, like disk cache files.
because I dont want it to fill up.
Or does that not happen and ive got this completely wrong?
Are you saying its best to render to the ssd and then just clear the disk cache after and it wont have taken up any space on ssd?
> because I dont want it to fill up.
Then assign the disk cache to a specific size. There's a preference setting for that.
> Are you saying its best to render to the ssd and then just clear the disk cache after and it wont have taken up any space on ssd?
You don't want to render to the SSD. You want to have applications, OS, and caches on the SSD (the C: drive in your case).
You want to import files from your next-fastest disk.
You want to render and export to your next-fastest disk after that.
Thank for for all your help.
So tell me if im now right.
When working in AE, I should:
1.Import media that is on its own drive (in this case H:)
2. Have my disk cache set on the SSD (C:) and maybe put it at a limit of 5-10 gb if I dont want it to take up much room.
3. Not worry about ram previews taking up space as they only occupy my 8gb of ram temporarily, whilst im working in AE.
4. Export/Render to My other drive (F:) when done.
Has my understanding improved?... or am I still being a wally.
Yes, that's good, but 5-10GB isn't enough room for the disk cache. Something more like 50-100GB is a better magnitude for the disk cache.
Your serious? My ssd is only 120gb lol