How To Clear Adobe After Effects Cache

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Adobe After Effects is a robust software used to create remarkable visual effects and dynamic graphics. As with any program, it generates cache files over time, which can occupy a substantial amount of storage on your device. Removing these cache files not only frees up disk space, but also enhances the efficiency of your application. This blog post will provide a tutorial on clearing the cache for Adobe After Effects.

What is Cache?

Cache is a type of temporary storage that your system uses to quickly access frequently used data. Over time, these cache files can accumulate and start using up valuable disk space. Clearing these files not only frees up space but also helps in troubleshooting certain system issues.

Clearing the Cache in Adobe After Effects

Here are the steps to clear your Adobe After Effects cache:

  1. Open Adobe After Effects.
  2. Go to the Edit menu at the top and select Preferences then Media & Disk Cache…
  3. In the new window that appears, you will see options related to Disk Cache and Conformed Media Cache.
  4. Click on the ‘Empty Disk Cache…’ button. A warning will appear, asking if you are sure you want to delete the disk cache files, click ‘Ok’.
  5. For the Conformed Media Cache, click on the ‘Clean Database & Cache…’ button. Similarly, a warning will appear; click ‘Ok’.

It’s important to note that clearing the cache will not affect your project files or your work in any way. It simply removes temporary files that Adobe After Effects no longer needs.

Automating the Cache Cleaning Process

Adobe After Effects allows you to automate the cache cleaning process. You can set the software to automatically clear the cache whenever it exceeds a certain amount of space. Here is how you can do it:

  1. Go to Edit -> Preferences -> Media & Disk Cache…
  2. Under Disk Cache, check the box that says ‘Enable Disk Cache’.
  3. Below that, you’ll see an option for ‘Disk Cache Size’. Here, you can set the maximum amount of space you want to allow After Effects to use for cache storage. Once this limit is reached, After Effects will automatically start deleting the oldest cache files.

Now you know how to clear Adobe After Effects cache manually and how to automate the process. By regularly clearing the cache, you will maintain optimal performance and avoid unnecessary storage consumption. Happy editing!