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, 2014 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). $\endgroup$ Apr 24, 2014 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, 2014 at 9:26
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm - sounds like a enhancement request for the blender bug tracker... $\endgroup$ Jul 11, 2014 at 13:38
  • $\begingroup$ Wow - requesting features from Blender is not an easy process. $\endgroup$ Jul 11, 2014 at 13:46

3 Answers 3


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


I had the same problem. The option suggested above, included in the Blender bundle, will only keep track of the playhead if playback is started from the Timeline panel. (timeline panel -> playback (next to the start frame field) -> follow)

To follow the playback bar when playback is started from the Sequencer panel, instead of the Timeline panel, the 'VSE Quick Functions Plugin' is needed. It will add a button 'Follow Cursor' to the upper right of the sequencer's menu.

So the suggestions of both previous answers are right and eventually both are needed.


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