What Are Peak Files And Why Do Adobe Premiere Pro Generate it?
Have you ever wonder or know the reasons why Generating Peak File Adobe Premiere Pro occurs and why?. When you import audio or video files to Adobe Premiere Pro, it creates a different format of these files and stores them somewhere it can easily access the file as you work on your project.
Video editors deal with multiple files. Beyond thousands of media files, rendering files, autosaves, and backups. But the dirty secret is that you already have files on your system, devouring valuable hard drive space and you don’t know even know they exist.
Until these peak files are being generated for each clip, playing the video and audio won’t play well, even if it does there will be a little delay in the playback. You must allow premiere pro to generate this file.
Another bitter truth is, you cant tell Adobe Premiere Pro to stop generating peak file or media cache but you can specify the storage location. Complete the tutorial to learn more.
What is Peak file/Media Cache?
First, what is Peak file? Adobe Premiere Pro’s Peak Files is a series of help files that ensure your media and projects are running as smoothly as possible. Whenever you import a file into Adobe Premiere Pro, a variety of media cache files are automatically generated. The potential downside here is that, after some time, the media cache can consume hard drive space, sometimes a lot. So, it is beneficial to know the location of these files and clean them up after generating peak file.
This is very important and helpful so far you are still working on the project. As soon as you are done with the project, all these Generated Peak Files in Premiere Pro cache folders are still sitting on your drive, consuming and eating up your system’s space
Note: Whether you like it or not, Each time you import a new video or audio, Generating Peak Files in Premiere Pro occurs. I assume you should know that if you are a pro.
Location of Generated Peak Files in Adobe Premiere Pro
The location of these files can be very hard to find because you don’t even know they exist. If you have been using Adobe Premiere Pro for some time, and haven’t deleted these files, today you are a lucky man. Either you are a pro or new to Adobe hidden secret. You need to delete these ASAP.
Mac: /Users//Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common
How many files does Adobe Premiere Pro generate to the folder
Four folders in total
- Media Cache
- Media Cache Files
- Peak Files
- Team Projects Cache
Can I delete all Media Cache folders?
Yes, go ahead and delete all the files in that location.
How do I delete these files/folders?
Adobe premiere pro needs to be closed, doing this while premiere is open won’t work. Highlight all the folders, press SHIFT + DELETE on your keyboard, this action is telling your system to delete all these adobe files.
Can I Set The Default Location For Peak Files?
Yes, To do that open Adobe premiere pro, Click Edit, from the drop-down menu, click Media from the sub-menu.
Now you can tell Adobe where to generate the file. Browse and select your preferred location.
Any other way to locate this file?
Yes, I will give you a bonus tutorial because I am a pro. Do you agree? Well, don’t judge me yet. Press START+R on the keyboard and type this without bracket (%temp%) in the box provided and click OK.
Now, Click Roaming
Now you can permanently delete these premiere pro cache files.
Can I use this to boost performance?
Removing a media cache is unlikely to improve performance unless your hard drive is completely out of space. However, you can slightly optimize Adobe Premiere Pro performance by using the browse command (in Media Preferences) to change Peak files locations. If you redirect folders to a separate (ideally different) fast drive, you may get a slight increase in performance.
More Files For You To Delete (Bonus)
Press START+R on the keyboard and type this without bracket (%temp%) in the box provided and click OK. In the pop-up folder, delete all the files in it. Their nothing but trash that is not located in the recycle bin. Deleting these files won’t cause any harm to your system or software.