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>Anybody know a way to prevent this behavior?
Nothing you can do as it is by design. Wil Renczes (Adobe) says in Stops when losing focus :
"Actually, there's a pretty good reason why Premiere stops playing back video when it loses focus:
in order to play nice with other applications running on your system, Premiere releases resources so that when you alt-tab into Photoshop, After Effects, Donkey Kong, or whatever software pleases you, you recoup memory & have access to files that might otherwise be locked because Premiere would still be holding onto them during playback."
What you can do to maybe change the behavior in a future Premiere version is to submit a feature request . :)
> Actually, there's a pretty good reason why Premiere stops playing back video when it loses focus
Because somebody arbitrarily decided it should be this way just like they did when our machines were locked up during tape capture at one time :)
I just find it amazing that most other NLE's worth their salt have found a way around this.
What a crock about the resources issue. I run other applications in the background while doing playback in Premiere and have no problems. Thank goodness the other apps don't all halt every time I switch away from them :)
It's amateur user experience design to "decide" what the user wants and force it on them. All Adobe needs is a check box in the options to enable/disable this behavior and everyone would be happy.
I'll sure miss being able to go through my music library listening to different potential scores while watching my current project playback (I was able to do this in Premiere 1.5) Actually, I can still do it. I'll just have to manically keep switching to Premiere and restarting playback each time I move to the next song. Again, my machine has no problem with resources when playing music in a different application while I watch playback in a Premiere. So the only thing Premiere is doing for me is going that extra mile to make my work a little harder :)
Wow, Veronica. Where have you been?
There is a way you can check songs while playing back in Premiere: Export via DebugMode FrameServer, open the frameserver.avi and play it in another app! It works (as long as you can maintain realtime performace -- I've got a Matrox RT.X2 card, so that's is usually not an issue for me).
>All Adobe needs is a check box in the options to enable/disable this behavior and everyone would be happy.
I agree. On this one, the grass can be green on both sides.
Thanks Dan! Maybe I'll give your method a try when I feel like mucking around.
As to where I've been, just around but quiet :)