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Microphone activated when Premiere is running

Community Beginner ,
Oct 03, 2017 Oct 03, 2017

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Since Adobe redirects me to forums as the only means to get support, I'll post this here - even though it requires a response from Adobe.

I've recently started using a software that notifies me once the camera or microphone on my laptop become activated, since I am concerned with how privacy is handled by software companies. I was very surprised to understand that the mere fact of starting Adobe Premiere Pro up activates my microphone immediately and continuously. This means the software has access to the mic audio *simply by running*.

Assuming that this feature is intended so that the user can record audio directly into Premiere, it should only become active once the recording process is actually starting. This is self evident to me.

Skype, for example, activates the microphone only when a call is effectively established (not even when it is ringing), which is how it should be. Adobe is not taking my right to privacy seriously and I request an answer on why this happens and an urgent fix.

Thanks.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 03, 2017 Oct 03, 2017

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Under Edit>Preferences>Audio Hardware... change Default Input to No Input.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 03, 2017 Oct 03, 2017

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Odd.

I'm afraid the only other advice I can think to offer is not to run Premiere Pro on a Laptop.  The ideal starting point for editing is multiple internal hard drives and a 24" 1080p screen, which no Laptop in the world offers.

Build your own Windows machine.

Sorry I couldn't be more helpful than that.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 03, 2017 Oct 03, 2017

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I appreciate your helpfulness, Jim. I do disagree with your "starting point" statement (peripherals take care of everything you mentioned), and Adobe can't assume that people are editing on a desktop.

I'll keep waiting for Adobe's answer on this. Is there a way to tag staff?

Cheers.

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Community Expert ,
Oct 03, 2017 Oct 03, 2017

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Could it be that Premiere is using the microphone input as the Master Clock?

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 03, 2017 Oct 03, 2017

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Changing it to output as master clock doesn't make the mic become disabled.

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New Here ,
Mar 21, 2020 Mar 21, 2020

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I know this post is a couple of years old now but changing my Default Input to No Input like this actually works on a laptop now (Premiere Pro 2020). Just putting it out there in case anyone else has an issue with this in the future.

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New Here ,
Oct 07, 2019 Oct 07, 2019

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Just put Sophos anti-virus on my Mac. Got note that PP is using the mic (and Lightroom). If I turn "Audio input = none" … nothing changes. I still get the message that Adobe is STILL using my mic. As soon as I have the anti-virus force the mic to "off" … PP freezes and crashes. So… it's either spyware … or no PP? Something's odd. Either anti-virus has it wrong, or "using mic" is not what I think" or I just don't know. 

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New Here ,
Feb 15, 2020 Feb 15, 2020

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I've got the same issue. Still no answer from Adobe...spyware? I think so.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 15, 2020 Feb 15, 2020

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No, it's not spyware. Simply that the engineers set it to attach to the microphone on launch, to make sure it's "ready" at any time. Engineers have their own ways of thinking ...

 

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New Here ,
Sep 30, 2022 Sep 30, 2022

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IF it's not spyware, why can't I even hear premiere's audio when I turn off my "microphone access for this device" in windows settings? forcing users to have their microphone on for such basic functionality of the program is not only unfair and doesn't make sense, but it's also compromising my privacy by forcing me to keep the microphone access on for no apparent reason.

I personally can't think of a single reason for this, other than spyware. I am being forced to give microphone access to gain basic, unrelated, functionality that should come as a given

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Community Expert ,
Sep 30, 2022 Sep 30, 2022

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Permissions work to give the app that connection when it needs it. That's all.

 

There are several MILLION users of Premiere Pro on a daily basis. You think they have someone listening in to everyone? Wow ...

 

Neil

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 03, 2022 Oct 03, 2022

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My laptop is informing me that Adobe Media Encoder is using my microphone, AND IT'S NOT EVEN RUNNING! WTF, adobe?! Why is Media Encoder using my microphone?!

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Community Expert ,
Oct 03, 2022 Oct 03, 2022

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I highly doubt it is actually using your mic. It would have permission to use it, which of course isn't the same thing. And with any experience of computer apps, between the handshaking between the OS and the various apps & subsystems, something that was listed as 'currently using' a computer resource may no longer be using it, but ... the link showing it as such wasn't officially terminated.

 

Which is very common.

 

And with several million daily users, they have no interest whatever in anything you say heard by that mic. And no use for it either. No way to 'capture' even, nor transmit the signal. A big ... nothing.

 

 

Neil

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