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?
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