I have a feeling that Adobe hit a technical hump that they didn't have the resources to get over and that we will be returned to our regularly scheduled edit in a future version. ;)
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Playback stop on loss-of-focus should be a user-settable option in Preferences.
The arguments in this thread so far have not convinced me otherwise:
There are cases where it would be nice if there were a Preferences option to change the behavior so that Adobe Premiere Pro will continue playback despite losing focus.
In these cases, the only option currently available to the video editing professional using Adobe Premiere Pro is to render down the clip and open it in another application which doesn't stop when losing focus. (If someone knows of a different option, please post here.)
Here are a few cases:
#1 Following a written transcription of the video in a text editor application and scoring approximate timepoints in the text document for translators or voice-over while Adobe Premiere plays back the edited video with time readout.
#2 Transcribing sections of the video while listening to and watching video playback in Adobe Premiere with slowed playback while typing into an editor application. Or editing those transcriptions. Or fixing incorrect timing in transcriptions.
#3 Creating an artistic impression or review of a video clip in another application such as Adobe Illustrator while listening to and watching the clip in Adobe Premiere.
I've asked for this new feature directly to Adobe through the following link, and I encourage others needing playback to continue despite loss-of-focus to do the same:
Thanks for your reply, Jim.
> In all of those cases, playback in a separate media player seems the logical solution here.
Yes, best I can tell, the only workaround currently available to Adobe Premiere Pro users is not to use Adobe Premiere Pro for this functionality.
The disadvantages to the work-around compared with having the functionality built into Adobe Premiere Pro are:
It would be nice to have the option of "continued playback on loss-of-focus" available in Adobe Premiere Pro -- as a user-settable option, even if it is not the default behavior.
There have been many, who have filed a Feature Request for the function to continue Playback, when working in another program. It will not hurt to have another.
The only time that I miss that capability, is when also working in Audition, but I use a variation of Jim's suggestion, and just Export, using the Video Viewer in Audition for my reference. I used to have to do the same, when working in Sonicfire Pro Scoring Edition, but now that is a plug-in for PrPro (and AE), so it is easier now, and no intermediate "reference files."
- results in edits in Adobe Premiere Pro, requiring a new render
No, you make all the notes and then do all the edits. Not one at a time.
- Additional complication to the workflow -- now we're talking three applications, and not just two; and
Kind of irrelevant. Premiere Pro isn't a media player, it's an NLE.
- detailed timing readout with seconds and frame numbers
That's what window dubs are for.
Forget workarounds and self limitations based on workflows that never need what others may want.
I can see exactly what ~Kevin wants and why he needs it.
It would be great if PPRO had an internal Word Pad and the word file could be treated as an asset in the Project Bin.
If it could have a "hyperlink" type connection to the timeline via timecode...that would be awesome. (That would be easy for xml programming I am thinking and well within the scope of Adobe programmers)
I would use it without doubt on every project.
Just in case anybody is keeping score, I want to add my vote that it's super annoying to have all the CS apps automatically switch to being the foreground app after opening or saving. I just hate it when I launch Au or AE, then go to answer some mail, and be typing to be interrupted by an Adobe app seizing the foreground, and interrupting my train of thought, and losing some of the work I did.
For the record, I am a full-time professional editor, and have been for over thirty years. I routinely do email, web-browsing, FTP and all my video and audio work on the same computer. Since I communicate with clients, and obtain and send assets over the internet, multitasking is a must, not a luxury.
The suggestion that "real pros" don't do this is piffle, poppycock, balderdash . Many of the other "real pros" who I know work the same way.
Maybe this is a Mac thing. I would endorse the separate computer scenario for people on Windows, due to viruses. Not having your Windows NLE connected to the web at all is probably not bad advice, but it's not very practical either. Most apps and plugs now can self update, and sense when an update is available. Download is the only option for some apps and plugs.
And let's not forget that web connectivity is a must for several CS features, such as Resource Central, Adobe Story, etc.