I’ve been encoding videos today with Expression Encoder 2.
I load up a batch of videos and set them transcoding. This takes ages and burns CPU cycles like nobody’s business – at times like this you wish the age of quad-core, eight-core and so on was already mainstream.
I get quad-core effects by using the 2 cores on my laptop and the 2 cores on my desktop 🙂
Anyway, I’d left it running for maybe 8-10 hours and it was nearly done on all the videos when Outlook popped up its reminders window and I tried to dismiss it by hitting ESC.
Unfortunately, the ESC went to the wrong window. It went to the Expression Encoder 2 window which promptly cancelled the job and, even worse, deleted all the files that it had transcoded as part of that job so far.
Bad marks all around;
- Bad marks to that Outlook reminders window for being so “needy”.
- Bad marks to Windows for letting that Outlook reminders window annoy me.
- Very bad marks to Expression Encoder for assuming that pressing ESC on their UI means;
- Stop the current encoding job
- Delete all the outputs produced so far by the current encoding job
I’ve tried to modify my ForegroundLockTimeout in my register to stop windows stealing focus – not 100% sure if this still has an effect on Vista though.