I have Premiere CS4 Auto Save set to Every 10 minutes. And I see it saving all the time. Yet when I screw up and forget to manually save for an hour and the system crashes I have no auto saves for that hour. What stops it from auto saving for such long periods?
Along with AutoSaves, it might be a good time to explore the other two "Saves," Save_As and Save_As_a_Copy. They can be very useful. This ARTICLE goes into more detail.
I also agree with Jim that the crashes should be addressed immediately.
I would add that I have never had a successful recovery from an Auto-save, which is very frustrating. I'm running CS3 though hoping to upgrade very soon. I was working on a very large scale project last year with multicameras, lots of colour correction and many edits, and Premiere crashed frequently in different ways. The normal manual saves worked OK (except when my MatroxAxio LE hardware went "red" [over 89%] and would not save due to an "unknown error" which means it had run out of memory - the only option being to restart the program and lose work).
When I did have crashes, the auto-save never seemed to work, it would only go back to the last manual save that I had done, even though I know auto-saves have taken place.
I assume that when the autosave progress bar pops up and gives me the option to "cancel" or to wait for the progress bar, that if I do not cancel, it is indeed saving. This does not seem to be the case. I set Premiere to autosave every 5 minutes. I crashed -- then found that Premiere had apparently not been Autosaving for the past hour.
As you know, we can all troubleshoot our systems individually, but the larger issue is why does Premiere say that an autosave is in progress when there is no evidence of an autosave for the hour leading up to a crash?
Oops. Didn't see that this was CS4 & Earlier.... I'm on CS 6.0.2 but am still having this problem.
You might want to also post to the PrPro CS 5/ CS 5.5/ CS 6 Forum.
AutoSave has been a bit of a dynamic function, in that things have changed over time and versions, so there could well be some of those, that are now affecting you.
To date (I know that I just placed a curse on my next Project), I have not had any issues with AutoSave, and have always kept it at the default. However, as I do a lot of Save_As (incrementing the Project Name), I usually have plenty of AutoSave folders (5 files each), as I go. I have only had to go to AutoSave 2 - 3 times, and only once have had to go to an AutoSave from a a Project version, prior to the last Save_As. In each limited case, I had what I needed, and seldom lost much editing. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I never even think about AutoSaves.
Once, AutoSave would not function, if the Project was idle, but that changed, at about CS 3, IIRC. I have also never Canceled out of AutoSave, so cannot comment on what happens then. Even on large Projects, AutoSave happens very quickly for me, but there HAVE been a few "Dang!" moments, when I wished that it had popped up a few minutes earlier, or later, rather than at the exact time that it did. Still, other than utter a mild curse, it has not really affected me.
Especially as of CS 5, it does seem that there are more complaints with AutoSave showing up. Not sure what has changed, and exactly why the complaints, but it does seem that there might be an issue. If so, then Adobe needs to be made aware of the problem, so that they can get it fixed. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), most users do not need to go to AutoSaves, so they might be totally unaware of a problem - until they DO need 'em.
Just some random thoughts on MY ideal AutoSave:
Just my musings,
Here is one active AutoSave thread in the CS 6 Forum: http://forums.adobe.com/message/4700672?tstart=0#4700672
Seems that others are having issues, though perhaps not what you have observed.
Thanks Bill. I no longer have the expectation that an Auto Save is autosaving... I've modified my behavior so that whenever I see the Auto Save dialogue, I blink, stretch then save or save as. I guess my problem is... fixed
Oh, and I also posted on CS6. Thanks!