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Finding my Adobe media cache files and clearing up space

Ran out of disk space today and despite copying off 500GB of video projects, I was still horribly low on space. I suspected the cache from Premiere.

To see the cache I had to "find" my library inside my user folder. To do this in OSX 10.9.5

  • When in Finder select GO menu then press and hold OPTION key.

  • The LIBRARY menu item magically appears, select that and a new Finder tab will open to show the Library folder.

  • Release OPTION Key.

I then looked in ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Media Cache Files and found I had 297.9 GB in there!

Next I went to Premiere preferences -> media and selected to "Clean" the cache.

I have now recovered the 297.9 GB! Hoorah.

Posted by: Lucy Moon on Apr 8, 2015 at 12:06:24 pmComments (2) disk space, cache

Installing ProRes presets for Premiere and Encoder CC

I always forget where these are when using someone else's machine.

Download ProRes presets for CC 7 here.


After downloading a ".zip" file, use the operating system or a utility such as WinZip or PKZIP to access the file's contents.

Unzip the archive and do either of the following:

- Click the Import Presets button in the Preset Browser (or choose Presets > Import) and select the .EPR files you want to import from the dialog, or

- From the desktop, drag the .EPR files to the User Presets and Groups section of AME's Preset Browser

Presets should appear as System Presets in your Preset Browser, sorted in the Broadcast > Apple ProRes category.

Posted by: Lucy Moon on Jul 10, 2014 at 2:14:28 amComments (2) prores, encoder

FCP7 To Premiere Pro Cloud 7.0.1 Tips #10: Grid effect to make a rule of thirds guide

Create the following parameters on a (built in) "Grid" effect and apply to a strip of transparent video. You can create a grid to your own design.

My anchor (center) is set to to the intersection in the upper left of my rule of thirds as seen by the "target".
1080/3 = 360
1920/3 = 640

Then I set my grid to the width and height of my resolution / 3 as above.
You can save this preset too with a useful name.

Posted by: Lucy Moon on Jan 16, 2014 at 7:23:35 am rule of thirds, grid

Posted by: Lucy Moon on Jan 6, 2014 at 5:35:38 am vignette

FCP7 To Premiere Pro Cloud 7.0.1 Tips #8: Increase and decrease audio shortcut

Hoorah! Took me a while to find this essential in Premiere Pro Cloud v7.0.1

I LOVED Ctrl [ (decrease clip audio -3db) and Ctrl ] (increase clip audio +3db) in FCP.
Also Ctrl = to increase by 1db and Ctrl - to decrease by 1db.

You CAN do this in Premiere Pro.

First set up your shortcuts for

Increase / decrease clip volume


Increase / decrease clip volume many

Then - instead of the default 6db as the "many" option, you can change this in Premiere Pro -> Preferences -> Audio
to 3db in "Large volume adjustments" ... like old FCP!

Posted by: Lucy Moon on Oct 21, 2013 at 1:26:08 pm audio, 3db

FCP7 To PremiereCS5.5 Tips #7: Creating a frame

I quite often have Ken Burns style scales, pans & zooms on photos. If I'm not full frame, I often need to create a simple frame for the highest video layer. to keep everything neat.

This seemed oddly tricky to do in Premiere CS5.5. Previous attempts using the title tool and luma keys got messy but this way below is much cleaner.

1) Create a colour matte File -> New -> Color Matte and place above any images you will be scaling, panning or zooming.
2) In the Effects bin, apply Four-Point Garbarge Matte
3) Click on the name "Four-Point Garbarge Matte" to visually move your four corners.
4) Tidy by hand with numeric controls for a proper square/rectangle
5) In the Effects bin, apply Alpha Adjust, and select the tickbox for "Invert Alpha"

Boom. Nice and neat frame in a colour of your choice.

You can also add "Gaussian Blur" to your frame to give it feathering.

Posted by: Lucy Moon on Sep 6, 2013 at 5:44:08 am frame, matte

FCP7 To PremiereCS5.5 Tips #6: Reduce playback resolution

Despite having an i7 Quad, clips with colour correction filters tend to play back very sluggishly.

I found the settings for this in a slightly unusual place.

In the Program monitor, on the top right where there is a little dropdown menu -> Playback resolution

You can set it to 1/2 or 1/4 (1/8 and 1/16 are greyed out for me).

Update: Also right clicking on the Program monitor offers the Playback resolution settings.

Here is the video if you need more guidance

Posted by: Lucy Moon on Jul 9, 2013 at 6:32:21 am playback resolution

FCP7 To PremiereCS5.5 Tips #5: Enable full screen playback on second monitor

Sequence settings -> Playback Settings -> Check "Desktop Video Display During Playback" and select your second monitor from the dropdown.

Posted by: Lucy Moon on Jun 26, 2013 at 2:48:36 am playback

FCP7 To PremiereCS5.5 Tips #4: cut, mark and ripple delete keyboard shortcuts

Doesn't work quite like FCP, in that the "Cut" can't be done on the fly, instead the playhead stops.

Also I don't think the CS5.5 built in "FCP7" shortcuts settings get it quite right... so I went into the keyboard shortcuts and set them myself.

Premiere Pro -> Keyboard Shortcuts

Set Add Edit to Ctrl V
Set Mark Clip to x
Set Extract to Cmd Delete (backspace)

Also note that to cut all tracks at once, Premiere needs to have all tracks audio and video "switched on" (probably not the right term) but that means selected (lighter grey) where it says "Audio 1" ""Video 1" etc in the timeline.

Otherwise, you can set the shortcut for "Add Edit to All Tracks" in the keyboard editor instead.

Got some of this from a CS6 post at Premium Beat.

Posted by: Lucy Moon on Jun 13, 2013 at 6:44:11 am shortcuts

FCP7 To PremiereCS5.5 Tips #3: Quick fix blown out skies

Not really a switcher tip, but useful as the filters are different in Premiere. Doesn't fix all problems but can be a quick solution.

Add filter Shadow/Highlight

  • Un select "Auto"

  • Change "Highlight Amount" Slider

  • In "More Options"

  • "Highlight tonal width" this slider edits the definition of what is a highlight

  • "Highlight radius" Smooths and removes the glow

More from Richard Harrington here.

Posted by: Lucy Moon on Jun 10, 2013 at 5:23:44 am

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