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So we know how to bring clips into our Timeline, we know how to move them around and extend them, but how do I remove a clip? And there's a couple of ways to do that, and you get different results depending on the type of edit you do. So, the first thing we want to do is, say, remove this Bulb clip, and I can select it, and if I want to delete that clip-- it's called a lift edit in the technical jargon. But I just want to remove it, so I want to delete the clip. It's as simple as pressing the Delete key on a Mac, or the Backspace key on a Windows machine.
And if I press that key, the clip is now gone, and it leaves an empty space, and this empty space is called a gap. And there are times you may want to leave an empty space, and there are times you may want to also close that empty space or close that gap, and that's a slightly different type of edit. So let's go ahead and hit undo-- that's Command+Z on a Mac and Ctrl+Z on Windows--and instead of doing a Delete or Backspace, I'm going to hold down a Modifier key.
First, I'll select the clip that I want to remove, and now I'll press Option+Delete. And what you see is that not only is the clip removed, but the space is closed. That's also called a Ripple Delete, and some people also refer to that as an extract edit. If you're a clicker and you have your hand on your mouse, go ahead and just right-click on any clip, and you can see you have the choice to Cut, which removes the clip. Let me undo that. Or I can right-click and choose Ripple Delete, and again, I have the same effect.
Now, what about if I have a gap already because I didn't know how to do this earlier or maybe I moved a clip, and I just want to close that space? Well, think of that empty space also as a clip, and I can simply right-click on that empty space and choose Ripple Delete and close that gap, and I'm good to go. So removing a clip from your Timeline is pretty easy. I can do them one at a time, or if I wanted to remove an entire chunk, I can just lasso them and hit Delete and they're all gone.
Now remember, if you do this by mistake, you can always undo and bring them back. So deleting clips in your Timeline, very simple, whether you like to use a mouse or a keyboard shortcut, your choice, but it's fast, and it's efficient. Just remember, there's two types: a Delete that leaves the space, and a Ripple Delete that closes it.
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