Premiere Pro CS5 maintenance – two great tips!
Previously, I had put up a post around CS4 and how to trash your prefs and I’ve referenced this link for the better part of a year when addressing some of the questions on the Adobe Premiere Pro support forum.
With CS5, we’ve updated the feature so that you do not have to dig into the directories in order to trash your preferences. When launching Premiere Pro from either Mac or PC you can hold down a couple of keys while launching to automatically throw away your preferences.
For the Mac it is Shift+option (or shift+alt).
For the PC it is Shift+alt
You will know it works when the Premiere Pro splash screen doesn’t have projects listed.
Of course, the old way outlined in my previous post will still do the trick. You’re just looking for a ’5.0′ folder instead of ’4.0′.
One other tip that I find very useful, is periodically cleaning up your cache file in Premiere Pro. This folder holds all of your peak audio files among others and while individual files may be small, over time they build up. In fact, I looked at my laptop folder as I was typing this and my folder was 1.5GB! While not all of this is Premiere Pro (most Adobe video apps have a cache folder and the ability to clean it), it did remind me that this is a great little thing to do once in a while.
In Premiere Pro preferences, you will see something like this:
As I mentioned, it’s a good thing to do for all of your apps and after going through all of the main video applications that I use (Premiere Pro, After Effects, Encore, Adobe Media Encoder, Audition and Soundbooth, I recovered nearly all of that 1.53GB. That’s a good thing!
So, remember once in a while to do your Adobe maintenance even as you periodically do your PC/Mac maintenance… You do that right?