Playback stops as soon as I click on any controls

scottcscottc Website User Posts: 5

In other video editors, when I'm fine-tuning audio, I'd set a short loop and leave it playing while I tweak the controls (Equaliser, Balance etc.).

In HitFilm, it's almost impossible to do that because playback stops as soon as I click in the Controls tab to change something.  I have to do a click-Space-click-Space-click-Space thing.

I find it a pest when working with video filters but at least I can still see the effect of changes on the still frame.  It's absolutely infuriating when I'm trying to tweak the audio.

I stopped using HitFilm 4 Pro because of this behaviour, and I'm dismayed that it still seems to be how the 2017 edition works.

Does anyone know if there is an option or a switch that I need to set somewhere to disable this behaviour?  Am I missing something really obvious?

Thanks for any help.



  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 18,315 Ambassador

    In Hitfilm 2017 use the audio mixer to adjust audio levels. Playback does not stop while adjusting faders on the audio mixer as shown here:

  • scottcscottc Website User Posts: 5
    edited March 2017

    Hi Triem23,

    Thanks for getting back so quickly.
    I know about the audio mixer, but it only seems to cover volume and balance.  I really need more in-depth control.  Mostly the Equaliser.

    The bottom of page 104 of the PDF manual suggests that extra effects still need to be customised via the Controls panel.

    (And, to be honest, I was hoping there was a solution that lets me tweak controls for video while it was playing back as well.)

    I can work around it by mixing the audio in other software - which might be a more sensible way to do it anyway - but I hoped I could switch off the auto-stop behaviour because it's the only thing that really annoys me about HitFilm, which seems really great otherwise.

    (edited to mention page 104 of manual)

  • scottcscottc Website User Posts: 5

    (going offline now - back tomorrow)

  • CnasseriCnasseri Website User Posts: 1

    I also hate this feature and would like it to be fixed. Even lowering my computer volume causes playback to pause. Like what the hell...

  • TekGeckoTekGecko Website User Posts: 48 Just Starting Out

    Also find this really annoying.

  • tazziiitazziii Website User Posts: 1

    I also really  hate this feature. I like to click out of editor a lot its just how I keep motivated editing.  I hope they change this in the future.

  • qwrkqwrk Website User Posts: 1

    same for me ... I have 2 screens, and when I run the video on the right screen, I use the left to manipulate the timelines, preparing the picture to embed when I pause (at the moment I arrive in the good sequence).
    With this autopause feature, I can not work properly. I'm wasting a lot of time, so I'm going back to Davinci Studio.

    I hate this autopause feature to.

  • Chalky64Chalky64 Website User Posts: 25 Just Starting Out

    +1 for changing this behaviour.

  • 333john333john Website User Posts: 1

    This "behavior" is also very annoying for me.  It makes me frustrated too when I am editing. 

    For Hitfilm staffs, please it will be very appreciated if you guys can make an option for people who does not want the playback to stop unless we hit the space bar or the playback stop button.  

    For Scottc (OP), thank you for posting this.

    +100 for changing this behavior. 

  • TxH003TxH003 Website User Posts: 37 Just Starting Out

    Add me to the list of those that support the removal of the auto-pause behavior.

  • YamikaniYamikani Website User Posts: 1

    It is quite bothersome. No word on whether this will even be changed?

  • CleverTaglineCleverTagline Moderator Las Vegas, NVModerator, Website User, Ambassador, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 3,047 Ambassador

    I don't think it's a very high priority. I'm pretty sure one of the devs has commented about this in detail in some other thread, but I'm short on time to search, so I'm going to do my best to recall the reason.

    In short, this isn't some arbitrary decision.  If you click away from the main UI (or even in some parts of it, as has been mentioned), HitFilm stops playback just in case something has happened to one of the media files involved in playback.  IIRC I think it might be to prevent a crash due to attempting to access a modified/deleted file, but I'm not 100% sure on that. Perhaps @CedricBonnier could chime in to elaborate on (or possibly correct) my recollection of this reasoning?

  • CedricBonnierCedricBonnier Staff Administrator, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 1,190 Staff

    Yes, we know it is annoying but we need to do more work to make sure everything runs smoothly before enabling that feature. We did turn it off for a reason. I don't think people would like HitFilm to be less stable just to be able to have this feature. Please be patient and it will eventually be done :)

  • scottcscottc Website User Posts: 5

    It's nice to know that it's on the to do list.  As you say, stability must come first.  Thanks.

  • EcobEcob Website User Posts: 1

    Yes unfortunately this is also the reason I moved away from using HE. I love everything about it but this is a deal breaker for me.

  • DafterThingsDafterThings Website User Posts: 889 Enthusiast
    edited May 2018

    @ecob What did you move onto because of this?

    Personally I find it a minor annoyance rather than a deal  breaker but we are, of course, all different.

  • CleverTaglineCleverTagline Moderator Las Vegas, NVModerator, Website User, Ambassador, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 3,047 Ambassador

    @DafterThings My gut tells me that @Ecob will never reply.  They're in the ranks of forum users who join, make a single post on the same day they join, and never show up again. Not sure if accounts like this are real, or possibly someone's attempt at trolling the forum with negative comments.  Kinda feels like the latter considering how often it comes up.

  • tddavistddavis Moderator, Website User Posts: 4,196 Moderator
    edited May 2018

    @jsbarrett I agree with your gut 100 %.  I have long suspected that there is concerted effort by a competing software manufacturer to take every opportunity to try and run Hitfilm down, and the sad part is if they put half the effort into fixing their own marketing snafu they would be better off.

  • JMcAllisterJMcAllister Website User Posts: 599 Just Starting Out

    @tddavis @jsbarrett ...and that is how conspiracy theories are born...

  • tddavistddavis Moderator, Website User Posts: 4,196 Moderator
    edited May 2018

    @JMcAllister :)  I admit it.  I've been a "conspriacithist" since the late 70s.

  • AndyQAndyQ Website User Posts: 65 Just Starting Out

    Alas, this still happens in HitFilm 13. Not a deal-breaker but I'd like to scroll the timeline and look at other areas whilst playback continues, or flip through interface elements. I can understand it'll need to stop playback if I start performing functions on the video, but UI based interactions should be ignored (obviously it'd be great to be able to add, edit, disable and enable effects and see real-time results but I can see the programming and performance difficulties with that).

  • DimipapaDimipapa Website User Posts: 310 Enthusiast

    I don't like it either, I wonder if it's necessary for how the program is set up but if it can create a option to stop it I would.

  • GarethOwenGarethOwen Website User Posts: 192 Just Starting Out

    I have had this issue a few times myself and thought what was going on

  • FBOURGFBOURG Website User Posts: 1

    I absolutely can't stand this feature. I like to do smtg else while listening to playbacks… It's a reason I would stop using hitfilm even if it seems very interesting

  • TheBenNorrisTheBenNorris Staff Administrator, Website User, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 1,572 Staff

    @FBOURG is this is really heavily affecting your workflow then perhaps adding this to the wishlist thread. Unfortunately this post is quite old and therefore should probably be closed, so I will do that now.

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