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Auxiliary files management with Pinnacle Studio

Auxiliary files management with Pinnacle Studio By Le Papy - Last updated on Sunday, July 28, 2013
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Category: Studio 1-15 Tutorials / General, Pinnacle Studio 21 & S16-S20 Tutorials / General  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Saturday, April 24, 2010
Created on Sunday, January 6, 2008 8:10 AM

This tutorial created for Pinnacle Studio 1-15 can also be done with a new version Studio with some adjustments. These adjustments are shown in bold italics: "If you are using new Studio version : {...}"

The auxiliary files, sometimes called temporary, sometimes secondary files, and now render files ​​in new Studio versions are created by Studio, in different circumstances, when editing or exporting a project. These files are saved in a specific folder. The auxiliary files can grow quite large (on the order of several GB) and cause various disturbances in exporting your projects. These auxiliary files can be deleted at any time during your editing for Studio will recreate them automatically when you work on the project.

Step 1 : Why delete the auxiliary files ?

Over the time and creation of your project, these files can occupy a growing place on your hard drive because they do not remove automatically. Only a manual removal can overcome. For that reason alone it is expedient to periodically remove ... but that's not all.

Various problems are due to the presence of these auxiliary files :

  • If during the process of the rendering of your project you have an alarm, remember to remove the auxiliary files before restarting the process;
  • When you create a DVD with Studio and that it does not contain some changes to your project, remember to remove the auxiliary files before restarting your DVD creation;
  • If you have a sound problem on DVD discs with studio, several causes may be the cause but one of them may come from the presence of auxiliary files;
  • If you have a project going and after you apply a patch to Studio, the results do not meet your expectations, remember to remove the auxiliary files. ( See step 4 below ).

The reason for these incidents is relatively simple, modify an effect, each modification of an audio track, Studio creates or recreates an auxiliary file. If you make many changes to the same element, Studio comes a little lost in the maze of your imagination and does not know what auxiliary file must be applied in rendering that you will ask him to do.

So rather than launching a rendering without first deleting auxiliary files, having trouble and being forced to start over, I'll let you discover the path of wisdom...

Step 2 : Where auxiliary files are located ?

By default, Studio puts the auxiliary files in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Pinnacle Studio\Data\Render. As suggested in our tutorial "Optimize your computer before you start editing", it is recommended to change this default location and select a location on another physical disk (not a partition of C: \), the same disk such as that used for the capture of your video.

Changing the default location is very easy to achieve. Just go for a walk in the configuration options of Studio (Menu Setup / Project Preferences) and change the destination folder for auxiliary files by clicking on the folder icon and choosing another folder to receive these auxiliary files. If you choose the folder "Video" for example, Studio will take care of adding a file "Render" under the folder "Video". The configuration window if Studio Project preferences

If you are using a new Studio version :

The default location is different but the recommendations remain the same. Do not create your render files on the same physical disk drive where Studio is installed. This recommendation becomes a requirement if your system disk is an SSD ...

Le Panneau de configuration Studio 16
  1. From the " Setup " menu you can reach the " Control Panel ";
  2. In this panel, you select the " Storage Locations " item;
  3. You can then access the storage location for the render files​​;
  4. By clicking the folder icon, you can change the storage location and even create a new storage folder location;
  5. You can also access the " Delete render files ... ";
  6. Once you have completed your changes or deleted your rendered files, click the "OK" button to exit the Control Panel.
Step 3 : Delete auxiliary files

As you can see in the screenshot above, a beautiful button "Delete" is available (from Studio 10 seems to me there ...). Contrary to what one might think at first glance, this button does not remove the auxiliary files folder but opens a dialog box that allows you to choose the auxiliary files that you want to delete :

  • or only the auxiliary files in the current project;
  • or only the auxiliary files of other projects excepted current project;
  • or all the auxiliary files of all projects.

You can get the same dialog using the Studio menus as described in step 4 below.

If you are using a new Studio version :

The " Delete Render Files ... " button, visible on the previous screenshot with reference #5, deletes all files in the folder set to receive the rendered files. If a project is loaded in Studio when this action is applied, Studio immediately recreates new files made ​​specifically for this project.

Step 4 : Remove auxiliary files after applying a patch to update Studio

In all updates of Studio often there are improvements which will be visible in the final production. An example thereof are the shaking transitions in some Studio versions. When Pinnacle releases a patch, in which third problem has been solved, you better install that patch. When that has been done, you start the ‘Make Film’ again to render your video.

But…. The disappointment is big, when you see that the transitions still are shaky. But that is not due to the update, but due to the fact, that the Auxiliary files (temporary files) were not deleted. These are still there since the last render action (the one with the old version). And Studio only renders those parts, which have been changed.

So, when you want to see the result of such a program-update, you have to delete the temporary files and have the film rendered again. That will cost some extra time, but then you know that all calculations will be done under the latest patch. Deleting files auxiliary from Studio Menu

If you are using a new Studio version :

The rendered files can only be deleted with the " Delete Render Files ... " button visible on the previous screenshot marked with the number 5. The ability to delete temporary files from the "File" menu has disappeared in new Studio version..

Step 5 : Bonus

We have seen that the auxiliary files could offer some inconvenience. However they may also have some benefits as stated in a Pinnacle FAQ. To overcome the problem "Unable to find function Import CD Audio in WaveLab Lite software comes with Pinnacle MediaSuite - How to extract audio track from my CD? [231373], Pinnacle gives you a tip for doing :
" You can use Studio software and its Audio CD tool to add a track from an audio CD in your project. A WAV file will be created in the "Auxiliaries" Studio folder (defined in the Studio Control Panel) ". Look for a file with a name like "_z0000.wav". With new Studio versions, this will have a name like 7060D236.wav for example.

{Thanks to saby who translated this tutorial from french to english and cross-checked it}
{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

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Gert Oskar Reitner By # Gert Oskar Reitner @ Sunday, April 25, 2010 9:46 AM
Another valuable lesson learned ! Many thanks

David By # David @ Monday, August 22, 2011 1:03 PM
Very helpful information about Auxiliary file management for Pinnacle 14 & 15.

How does one manage files with Avid Studio? Is there an article on that topic? Thanks.

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Sunday, September 4, 2011 2:49 PM
Not yet, but that's a good suggestion !!!! We will check what can be done.... Saby ?...... Do you hear me ?....


saby By # saby @ Sunday, September 4, 2011 2:53 PM
Loud and clear, Sir.

I'll see what I can do ASAP.

merefizi By # merefizi @ Monday, October 10, 2011 1:08 AM
once deleted auxiliary files, the project won't open anymore, it's just empty. help please. it was a two months work.

John By # John @ Tuesday, June 12, 2012 9:28 PM
[Rendering Errors & Auxillary Files]
I found this posting very informative. I began using Studio 8 and have used every new version when it becomes available. I use Studio 15 Ultimate presently. I've been very frustrated using Studio over the years because the programmers have never come up with a user friendly solution to solving/preventing rendering errors when creating a disk image. I found this article useful however, I have done every one of these things mentioned at one time or other. The problem I have is not with rendering a video but with making a slideshow from jpeg images. Recently I made a slideshow with 200 pictures about 19 minutes in length. I used lots of transitions and many pan and zoom effects. I kept getting render errors when I tried to make a dvd movie just after the message to locate where to put the Video TS folder. I would always delete the Auxillary files and I would delete the Render folder before making a movie. I always re-render the movie before a burn. I close Studio and restart the computer before a burn. The main problem is with pan and zoom effects on photos nearest the end of the storyboard. Pictures may not display or the photos are choppy. I've had to remove the pan and zoom effect on the affected photos and use a simple dissolve transition between the photos. I also found that deleting the photo and reinserting it sometimes corrects the problem. I had to re-render this simple slideshow so many times and I would correct one problem and another photo and transition would not display correctly somewhere else on the storyboard. Bottom line is that Studio 15 is not reliable when making slideshows and is incredibly frustrating to use. Is Avid any better when it comes to lengthy slideshows?

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Sunday, June 24, 2012 1:45 PM
Hello John,

It's quite the same I would say, it strongly depends of what you do with it. I had a project of 1 hour, and recently I had few crashes with some effects. I render just the effects which was causing trouble, and everything went smoothly. You might try to render the photo which create problems, and normally it should go better afterward (re-insert the rendered part).


ken dec By # ken dec @ Saturday, August 11, 2012 12:26 PM
What is the "MEDIA" FOLDER ?
It does not get deleted with delete projects or delete aux files and mine had data from very old projects from over a year ago

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Sunday, August 12, 2012 3:09 PM
It's one of the folder which contains old project, do not hesitate to delete it (make sure you do not have project ongoing, to avoid any problem - I do not want to be taken as responsible for data loss...).


Garcia By # Garcia @ Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:32 PM
MERCI! Moving the auxillary files to drive D: from C: cured my export error problem!

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