Read here and see if this helps in your case: http://www.lightroomfanatic.com/tutorials/advanced/why-and-how-to-clear-your-lightroom-cac he/
I would not set the CameraRaw cache too small because this can be a huge performance hit.
This may be interesting too: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/optimize-performance-lightroom.html
Thanks for the reply, but that's not quite what I'm after... I did find that in my searches though.
I need to completely shut off video caching otherwise I can't complete an import as it maxes out my system drive. Either that, or I need to have the cache be solely on the external drive...
Yup, it's video caching:
And there isn't currently a way of disabling it in LR, and neither is it interested in your cache size preference setting.
I created a batch file to delete the files. See here:
Although in your case that might be a problem as your external drive is for storing the images, so it's going to cache everytime you run an import.
Out of curiosity do you keep another external HD as backup?
Adobe really need to do something about this issue. If a member of Adobe staff are passing by, any chance you can give the development team a nudge in the right direction towards these posts?
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Ok, this is a little drastic, but it seems to work.... I need to trial it a little longer but it doesn't seem to affect LR stability. YMMV.
Locate dynamiclinkmediaserver.exe in
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Lightroom\Helpers\DynamicLinkMediaServer\dynamiclinkmediaserver\1.0
Rename it. I just appended it with "old", i.e olddynamiclinkmediaserver. If it's running (check in taskmanager), you'll need to kill it first before renaming it.
When you run an import LR can't find dynamiclinkmediaserver.exe hence it doesn't run (thumbs up to Adobe for writing the error handling so it doesn't crash LR....). The downside is that you can't preview any videos, but if like me you don't care much for the video functionality, this works.
Any problems, just rename it back.
Thanks for the info, Andrew! Unfortunately I am on a Mac, so I am afraid that solution won't work for me, but I appreciate the effort!
It is starting to look like I need to speak with Adobe Support and raise an issue. The only other thing I can think of is finding an easy way to exclude video files... I'm guessing that there isn't a way to do that...?
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Unfortunately the only other way I have found of doing this is to ensure there isn't any video media on anything you insert when you import... which isn't ideal in your case! I pointed this out in my post on the Photoshop family link above a day before your post when someone else made the same suggestion on there. Your post here has clearly proved that this is an issue with my prediction.
The only thing I can suggest is (if you haven't already) try hunting the Mac version of "dynamiclinkmediaserver" down on your Mac. I'm not totally au fait with Macs, but searching for the the Mac equivalent brings up a file called "com.adobe.dynamiclinkmediaserver", so maybe the above is worth trying with that?
Thanks for writing this up! I had been running into a similar problem as I have an SD card with TV shows and movies permanently inserted in my laptop. If I ever tried to import photos (in place) from my hard drive, LR would still crawl the SD card first, generate 30 GB of movie previews, fill up my hard drive, and cause my system to become unusable.
I feel like there are multiple bugs here (the inability to disable video support, the inability to set a maximum size of the cache, and so on), but since I have no faith that Adobe will fix any of this, your solution is an excellent alternative. Cheers!
1/ import whole folder (pics & movs)
2/ use metatag to display only movies in grid view
3/ select all and remove (or move to another location so problem wouldn't happen in future)
4/ empty cache
5/ have a great day!