....and yes the obvious solution of "make sure people know about the caveat" is already being done to the best of our ability...
That doesn't stop people from being people, however, and we'd like to do what we can to actually avoid the issue.
I believe the answer to both questions is no. Your best bet is to sit with the computer until it's done, thus not allowing anyone else to use it. (Bring a book to work.)
Well that's unfortunate...
Does everyone have this issue or are we unique? I was surprised how little there is published on the web regarding this problem.
I'm assuming that you are Exporting MPEG-2 muxed files (containing both Audio & Video). If so, then there are things going on, but they do not show in the progress bar. First, PrPro is Exporting elemental streams (one for Audio & Video), and then is muxing these together to get your final file. If you watch Windows Explorer, you'll see this take place with two streams and .XMPS files, etc. Suddenly, these will all disappear and you're left with one MPEG-2 muxed file. Yes, it might be better if PrPro had a second progress bar, or something, to let the user know that things are still happening under the hood.
Just guard that computer. Tell eveyone there is cake in the break room. They won't bother it for a half-hour, or so.
Yeah wine_snob... I assumed that much and said so in my original post.
Anyhoo. Pretty disappointing that Adobe didn't think a 5-20 minute process deserves a dialogue box.... but oh well.