Fast forward/Rewind different in MacOS HS...HELP!

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by Eric8199, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. Eric8199 macrumors 6502a

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    Has anyone else noticed the fast-forward and rewind buttons function differently in High Sierra? I am a journalist and I use them frequently when transcribing notes, and it has completely ruined my workflow.

    In the past, you could hit the button to rewind/fast forward, and then tap it again to double the speed and then again to triple the speed, etc. It no longer works that way. Now you have to hold the button, and the longer you hold it, the faster it goes.

    Does anyone know a way to change it back? This is killing me. I know it seems simple, but it's literally costing me time because of the horrible implementation of it.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. chabig macrumors 603

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    It's more a function of the app you're using, not the operating system. If you don't like it, look around for other transcription apps.
     
  3. Eric8199 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I’m using QuickTime. It most certainly is a function of the operating system.

    You know, I love Apple products but I see why people find Apple fanboys so arrogant. Oh, you have a problem? It’s your fault. Not Apple's.

    Thanks for your help
     
  4. chabig, Apr 19, 2018
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    chabig macrumors 603

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  5. TETENAL macrumors regular

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    No, it's not the longer you hold it, the faster it goes. It is the harder you press, the faster it goes. The scrubbing speed is controlled by force touch. See "Other Force Touch trackpad features".

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204352

    You can turn off "Force Click and haptic feedback" and it behaves as before.
     
  6. Eric8199 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not using the trackpad. I'm using the function buttons — actually the touchbar. So there is no force touch.

    What I was asking was if there was a way to get back the normal functionality without having to change my workflow. I'm quite aware that I can do something else or use another program. The point is I shouldn't have to, as I don't see the reason for this change. But I just wanted to know if there was a way to restore the previous functionality. Using something else is always an option, but why switch if I don't have to.
     
  7. MC6800 macrumors 6502

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    If you have the previous OS's version on backup, you could restore it under a different name and use it instead (no guarantees it will run though). I've done this in the past for similar reasons.
     
  8. Dr. Stealth, Apr 20, 2018
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    " I see why people find Apple fanboys so arrogant"

    First.... you need to pull your head out..... Only then can you see the light of day....

    Quicktime has been left dying on the vine for several years. If you use QuickTime you should already know this. That's Progress! QuickTime gets very little support from Apple and will surely be dropped in the near future. It's very old and obsolete and without support from Apple it's on the way out. Good time to look for an alternative app for your workflow. Quicktime got the Apple knife just like Aperture and others. You're beating a dead horse.
     
  9. Ritsuka macrumors 6502a

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    You can use the J K L keys to control the playback and speed.
     
  10. Eric8199 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Then why did they change it? Your argument is invalid.

    I need to use the media keys because I have my word processing program open and am typing in it with the audio app running in the background.

    I’m in the process of trying to find something else that works, but I’m annoyed this was changed for no particular reason.
     
  11. chabig macrumors 603

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    I just got to my Mac and opened a file in QuickTime Player. I find that it behaves exactly exactly as you asked. When I click the rewind/fast forward buttons, the speed changes go through 1X, 2X, 5X, 10X, 30X, and 60X. One increment per click. If you click and hold, it advances quickly through those choices.

    Apparently, you can get more control with AppleScript: https://www.macissues.com/2016/02/16/how-to-change-video-playback-speed-in-quicktime-x/

    But if that's not satisfactory to you, the Mac App store shows a good number of apps for transcription.
     
  12. Eric8199 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What you're describing occurs when you are in the app and you click the buttons in the app with the mouse pointer. I am not doing that. The app is running in the background and I am using the media keys (F7 and F9) to advance and rewind the audio as I am transcribing.

    Forget it. I'm looking for another app. Everyone here is too busy falling over themselves to defend the almighty Apple rather than helping. No biggie. Go back to worshiping Steve Jobs and Tim Cook. I'll leave you all be.
     
  13. E.Lizardo macrumors 68000

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    Looks like several people took some time out of their day to help a total stranger to the best of their knowledge. Obviously that wasn't good enough for you, but it's a shame you have no appreciation all the same.
     
  14. sahnert, Apr 22, 2018
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    I recommend Transcribe! By Seventh String Software for this purpose

    https://www.seventhstring.com/

    I use it for music transcription mostly, but occasionally I will transcribe spoken word and it works great. I usually set the playback speed to match my typing speed and then I rarely have to stop/start.

    Edit: not exactly sure how you would control it while another app is open, but I typically just command+tab between Transcribe and the other app I’m working in to get the benefit of full keyboard command for both apps. Transcribe has some really great keyboard shortcuts for navigating the audio file.
     
  15. Dr. Stealth, Apr 27, 2018
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    Do you really think Apple will bow to your personal needs?
     

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