How To Clear Premiere Pro Media Cache In JUST 30 Seconds!

In managing Premiere Pro's performance, clearing the Media Cache files is essential. Start by ensuring your settings are synced to the Creative Cloud, then close and reopen Premiere Pro, using Alt + Shift (or Option + Shift on a Mac) to clear the cache. You can also manually set your Media Cache location in the Preferences. Deleting Media Cache files on-demand can often solve performance issues, with Premiere Pro regenerating necessary files upon the next project launch. Even when working on a project, all cache files can be manually deleted without fear, as they will be rebuilt once the project is reopened.

October 19, 2023
How To Clear Premiere Pro Media Cache In JUST 30 Seconds!
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Adobe Premiere Media Cache Tutorial

Maintain optimal performance

Every time you import a file into a Premiere Pro project, various types of media cache files are created. Over time, these cache files can not only fill up your storage space but can also slow down your software. I'm thinking about the benefits of clearing these files to help maintain optimal performance of your software, and I reckon I could guide you through this process. So, let's jump in.

Understanding Media Cache Files

Media cache files are essentially a set of temporary files that Premiere Pro uses to ensure your media plays back smoothly. These include .pek (audio waveform preview files), .ims (audio conform files), and .cfa (audio peak files). They help in faster processing and rendering but can take up a considerable amount of space on your hard drive over time.

Dedicated Storage

When it comes to managing your media cache files in Premiere Pro, storage matters significantly. Under the 'Media Cache Management' section in 'Preferences', it's advisable to assign as much space as possible to these files.

The ideal scenario is to have a dedicated disk for cache files, separating them from your operating system, the software, and your footage. This practice can boost Premiere Pro's performance noticeably, making your editing process smoother and faster.

The best choice for this would be a dedicated Solid State Drive (SSD), thanks to its superior speed and reliability. However, don't worry if you don't have a spare SSD at hand. Even a spare USB 3.0 external Hard Disk Drive (HDD) can serve the purpose and is certainly worth utilizing.

The location for storing these cache files can be manually changed under 'Preferences - Media Cache', giving you complete control over your storage management. This way, your cache files are neatly organized in one place, providing a more efficient workflow in your Premiere Pro editing.


Steps to Clear Media Cache Files

Clearing media cache is relatively straightforward in Premiere Pro, but I'd suggest you close any active projects before you begin.

Before we set off on this journey, it's important to make sure your preferences are securely uploaded and synchronized with Creative Cloud. You can simply accomplish this by navigating to 'File', and then to 'Sync Settings'. The 'Preferences - Sync Settings' tab gives you control over what exactly is being uploaded.

Step 1: Sync Your Settings to the Cloud

Before we start with the actual cache-clearing, it's a good idea to backup and sync your preferences with Adobe's Creative Cloud. This is like creating a safe copy of your personal settings, in case something goes awry. To do this, head over to 'File' on the menu, then 'Sync Settings'. This will sync your current settings to the cloud.

Step 2: Close Adobe Premiere Pro

You'll need to close Premiere Pro before moving ahead. Simply hit Ctrl + Q if you're on Windows, or Cmd + Q if you're on a Mac. It's like saying "brb" to your project.

Step 3: Re-open Adobe Premiere Pro

Time to get back to Premiere Pro. Just double-click the Premiere Pro icon to open it back up. Simple, right?

Step 4: Perform the Cache-Clearing Combo

As soon as you open Premiere Pro, hold down the Alt + Shift keys together if you're on Windows, or Option + Shift if you're on a Mac. This is your secret cache-clearing combo. This move will reset your preferences and clear the plug-in cache, making Premiere Pro forget any old, unneeded files.

Now, what if you want to take control of where these cache files live?

Good news - you can do that, too!

Step 5: Set Your Media Cache File Location

To manually set the location of your cache files, head over to 'Preferences' > 'Media Cache'. Here, you can choose where you want Premiere Pro to store these files. It's like choosing your treasure chest's location, only this one fills up with temporary files!

There you have it! Now you know how to clear media cache files in Premiere Pro. It's a good practice to do this regularly, especially if you're working on large projects or if your computer is running low on storage. And remember, if you're not sure about any step, don't hesitate to consult the Adobe Premiere Pro user guide or refer to specific tutorials that offer visual aid. Happy editing!