Autosave when idle for 30 seconds
Avid doesn't interrupt you when you're working in order to autosave.
You can select an autosave of, for instance, 5 minutes in preferences, which means at the 5 minute mark it will wait to be idle before autosaving.
A second 'force autosave' preference is available. If you set that to say, 10 minutes, it would stop you working (like Premiere) and force an autosave.
It is so annoying to be away from your desk only to sit down and get an autosave.
Chris Jeffries commented
Yes! As described, you've left Premiere for a while, now you start editing and boom! auto save kicks in when clearly nothing new needs to be saved, it is highly annoying on a big project that takes a while to save. Please fix Adobe.
+1 Good idea
I was just about to post a separate feature idea to tweak the autosave algorithm, but this is a better solution to the problem.
Premiere right now has this "smart" idea coded that if nothing has changed in the project, no auto-saves takes place. But the timer "saturates", and then triggers after the 1st modification.
The result is as you describe - you return to your desk, and Premiere is, by design, halting your work with an autosave the moment you're trying to actually work.
If anything, have it count time from the last *modification*, not the last save.
Nick Montgomery commented
This. Yes, please. It's a minor inconvenience sometimes, but for those larger projects where it takes a little while longer to finish saving it is frustrating.