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This feature is now available in public beta for Windows. Please give us a try and let us know how it is working for you. (Mac support was added a couple releases ago.)Simon Risbridger supported this idea ·
An error occurred while saving the commentSimon Risbridger commented
When I switch audio devices in windows, such as swapping from speakers to headphones, after effects does not automatically switch.
Not only is it frustrating to have to go edit>preferences>audio devices and manually switch to the correct device every time I swap in windows it actually seems to be the route cause of several repeatable bugs.
Firstly the dreaded "drawing error" bug which locks you in an often infinite circle of closing the error only to have it pop up as AE tries to play the next frame and encounters the same issue (the only fix i've found for this is spamming escape until I can cancel playback in the minute amount of time between errors)
Secondly the error where when you press spacebar to preview it actually jumps back a frame each time only playing the timeline once you go through the audio hardware menu.
Whilst there are perfectly good reasons why you might want AE to only ever play through one device, for those of us who want AE to just use whatever device we're outputting to from windows there should be an option to simply use the "default device", that being whichever device windows is currently using.