When viewing a sequencer, and playing back using the timeline, the scrubber bar tracks the playback, but will run off the sequencer view. I can manually scroll to catch-up. Is there any way to set the UI so the scrubber bar is always in the sequence view when playing back?

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    $\begingroup$ I don't think there is, but you can easily zoom out so that all of the strips are visible by pressing the home key (top centre above the arrows) $\endgroup$ – sambler Apr 23 '14 at 13:14
  • $\begingroup$ Useful - but not quite what I want. I am now wandering if there's python code to do it (it sounds possible). $\endgroup$ – Danny Staple Apr 24 '14 at 17:23
  • $\begingroup$ @DannyStaple I don't think it is, unfortunately. AFAIK there isn't any way to control the view from python. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Jun 19 '14 at 9:26
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm - sounds like a enhancement request for the blender bug tracker... $\endgroup$ – Danny Staple Jul 11 '14 at 13:38
  • $\begingroup$ Wow - requesting features from Blender is not an easy process. $\endgroup$ – Danny Staple Jul 11 '14 at 13:46

A feature very similar to this was added quite recently (about an hour ago at the time of writing).

Animation play: Follow feature. Enabled from playback menu in the timeline.

When enabled, ipo, dopesheet, NLA, timeline, clip and sequence editors will follow the current frame during animation. When the cursor reaches the end of the screen, then the next range of frames of the same width is displayed.

To use it you'll have to grab a recent development build. This feature should be in 2.74.
This feature is now available in timeline panel -> playback (next to the start frame field) -> follow.


There's an addon that might be able to help you. Its called the VSE Quick functions addon. You can find it at http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?338598-Addon-WIP-VSE-Quick-functions-Snaps-Fades-Zoom-Parenting-Titling-Play-speed
Hope this helps


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