you can change the default location of the media cache files in the prefences pull down
because our artists are "lazy" :-) i put a startup command in
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
its a text doucument called "delete_old_cfa.cmd"
whose contents are
set FOLDER=s:\aeTemp\Media Cache Files\Cache.MACC
for /f "Tokens=* skip=100" %%f in ('dir "%FOLDER%\*.*" /o-d /b') do del /f /q "%FOLDER%\%%f"
on restarting from boot it will keep only the most 100 recent files in the media cache folder .... that will stop those files filing up your harddrive
I manually put them in the trash. but I would like to know WHAT are PEK and CFA files and in what instances should they be kept because they are needed.
If they are thrown away but are needed will they be automatically regenerated by AE??
Followed the advice here and cleared out the larger .cfa and .pek files.
I don't know if anyone has had any luck troubleshooting why these folders get so big, but when I went in I noticed something that relates to another problem I was having.
When I looked at the files they were all conformed files that errored out when I put them into Media Encoder for export. When that would happen ME would lock up and I would have to manually end the program with task manager. I know there's issue with compression of some files (mp3, mp4, etc) that cause ME to lock up; still no idea what exactly is the cause and not sure I have a real work around just yet for that problem. Ultimately, I don't think those folders get cleared out when the Adobe Creative Suite has trouble with certain files. Basically, the files conformed in PrPro but wouldn't export or couldn't be queued up with ME, when ME or PrPro crashed the conformed files remained.
I don't know if that helps anyone but I thought I'd throw my 2 cents in.
So I tried moving my Cache to a different external hard drive and that seam to take via PremierCC and AE CC. However when I import an AE CC composition into PremierCC it creates a .pak and or a .cfa file. not sure why this keeps happening. This only seams to happen when I import the After Effect comps into the Premier CC timeline.
What I want if for all cache files to go the external drive. Why is this happening?