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Old October 21st, 2008, 04:05 PM   #1
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Space Bar stopped "playing" in timeline

Using Premiere Pro 2 with Aspect.

I'm in the middle of a project and my space bar will not play within the timeline now that I'm halfway through this project. When I press the spacebar it gives me an hour glass right beside my cursor for a few seconds and then goes away.

I can scrub the timeline and play from my source window. I have re-booted I don't know how many times. It plays in my other projects fine...just not the one I'm currently working on.

I've even copied my timeline and pasted it into a new sequence. Same result.

Thank you for your responses in advance.
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Old October 21st, 2008, 05:57 PM   #2
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Does it play the very end of the timeline? If so, work your way back through the timeline to determine the problem clip.
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Old October 21st, 2008, 07:16 PM   #3
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No, it doesn't play at the end either. I ended up going back to my "auto save" projects and opened one earlier in the day. I re-saved it as a different name and it seems to be working now.

I'm guessing the file got corrupted while I was working on it (if that's even possible).

Thank you!
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Old October 21st, 2008, 10:56 PM   #4
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Hey, Dustin- in my experience, anything is possible. I always leave the autosave set for every 5 minutes. I can't tell you how many times its saved my bacon.
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 01:54 PM   #5
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I have mine set the same way. If you are keeping multiple auto-saves (I think the default is five), note that when you go back to open one, the highest numbered is not necessarily the most recent version. Display properties for the files and choose the latest one.
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Old October 25th, 2008, 11:04 AM   #6
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I was still having trouble with this and finally figured out that my problem was a rendered out .bmp file that I created from within Premiere. The .bmp file worked fine when it was less than a minute long (using it as a background graphic) but when I stretched it out to over 2 minutes, it simply wouldn't play and ultimately crashed the system.

Soooo, I brought it into Photoshop and made a .jpg of it, and life is good again.

Go figure.
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Old October 26th, 2008, 03:53 AM   #7
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It's also worth adding that when this happens it's quite often not the clip that you are currently watching but another one coming up in the timeline. I presume there is some kind of look ahead caching going on.

I've had enormous problems with cineform files that have had audio tweaked in directly with audition. Probably not cineforms fault but i ended up remultiplexing with virtualdub to get them working again.

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