I didn't think about it, I should probably list my specs:
x2 NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970 Graphics Cards
32 GB DDR4 RAM
1TB Samsung 850 Pro (Not Boot Drive)
This information is pretty important for me to know. I need to be sure that I preserve my SSD, but I don't know the importance of the Disk Cache when I have as much RAM as I do.
Why do so many files pile up so quickly when using After Effects?
Because AE creates a cache for every layer. That way, if you have 100 layers in your comp, but you change one, it doesn't have to rerender stuff for every single layer, just the one that changed. In theory, this makes AE perform much faster.
I see. But is there some way that I can use it and minimize writes? Unfortunately, with my current setup, I pretty much have to write to the same SSD as my footage (I'm not willing to make continuous writes on the boot disk (C drive)). For example, if I limit the size to 1GB, would it still be making a lot more writes but simply deleting other files to keep the maximum size the same? Basically, my concern is that the same amount of writes will happen regardless of the maximum size that I make the Disk Cache because once that size limit is reached it will just delete other files and continue writing.
- Since these are SSDs, does it matter that the footage and the Media Cache are on the same drive?
- What can I do to minimize writing if I do use the Disk Cache?