Scroll timeline, not jump
I think it would be much more useful if the timeline would scroll during playback, keeping the currently displayed frame in the center of the panel rather than having the timeline jump. It becomes very annoying when trying to edit video or audio when zoomed in all the way and the current frame jumps off the screen when you play back. Also the sliders are not very good. I think it would be more useful to have a zoom and a scrub slider. If the timeline is zoomed in all the way, and the project is more than a minute, it becomes very difficult to move a very small amount. If you are scrubbing with the arrow keys, the clip you want to work in jumps out of the timeline frame. It needs more precise controls.
Srinivas Marella commented
How to have Smooth Scrolling in Effects Control Timeline?
Thomas de Wert commented
Make this default. You're scaring away students and wasting the scroll wheel's potential. Who thought the current default was a good idea?
As others have stated, your problem will be fixed by going to Preferences > Timeline > Timeline Playback Auto-Scrolling > and choosing "No scroll" or "Page scroll."
As for this comment:
"If the timeline is zoomed in all the way, and the project is more than a minute, it becomes very difficult to move a very small amount."
Are you not aware that the mouse scroll wheel can be used to move horizontally through the timeline? This is far preferable to clicking and dragging on a tiny scroll bar. (Granted, it is kind of slow, but if you need it, I do have a script that will send more scroll wheel events.)
You can set your timeline scrolling to smooth scroll instead of page scroll in the preferences.
Franklin Nin commented
Maybe by setting the preferences to "No Scroll" should help. Go to Preferences --- Timeline --- Timeline Playback Autoscrolling and select "No Scroll"