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when i press spacebar on after effects it switches to the hand tool instead of playing back the compostition.
It's actually perfectly normal since the space bar is double-loaded with the pan tool as well when holding it down, not just playback. The only real question then becomes why it doesn't play any preview on a short tap at all as you seem to indicate, which is something we can't answer until you provide much more specific info like system info, actual comp and preview settings and so on.
Hey, i havent changed my preview settings from the default at all and im currently running after effects cc 2020. Hope that info helps solve my problem, if you need any more info let me know, thanks.
Tap the Spacebar once, quickly and release to playback the footage.
Tap and hold the Spacebar down to toggle to the hand tool
That's the problem when I tap the spacebar it just switches to the hand tool even though I'm not holding it down
Can you go to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts and check if this is what you see when you click on the Spacebar in the Keyboard Shortcuts window?
If its not this, Could you have a sticky Spacebar? Have you spilt anything on your keyboard?
Thats exactly what i see when i go to keyboard shortcut. I know its a software issue because when i open after effects it allows me to use the spacebar for around a minute and then it stops working.
I have the exact same issue. Space bar even when tapped lightly switches to handtool instead of playing my comp.
I've been struggling tremendously with the same problem as you.
Pressing the spacebar does not play the preview, it switches to the hand tool, and pressing the spacebar twice will go back to the playbar.
Are you using a Bluetooth headset?
Or are you using Bluetooth earphones?
I've definitely confirmed that Bluetooth audio and After Effects are conflicting with each other.
This happened when the audio was not properly captured,
At first, it was a preview, but after leaving the seat for a while, the phenomenon was repeated.
It was the same even after rebooting the computer and clearing the accumulated cache.
In the end, I went back to wired earphones,
In the computer (window10) settings, you need to make sure that it is set to Sound and Audio > Sound Card, not Bluetooth Headset or Earphone.
I used an existing Bluetooth headset and used After Effects without any problems, but at some point I started having this problem.
I wasted a week and lost a lot.
It's a bug that even Adobe doesn't know about.
From what I saw, they didn't seem capable of solving it.
Same goes for reinstalling Windows. I've only reinstalled After Effects 5 times and downgraded countless times, but I had the same problem.
If you are in the same situation as me, I think it will help you to solve it.
As I am Korean, I am not good at English, so I got help from a translator.
Please forgive me if my words are poor.