Have you ever played back a fully exported video and noticed that there are a few frames of black, because there was space between two clips? Can you ripple delete gaps in the timeline? In this video, author Richard Harrington demonstrates how you can ripple delete all gaps or a range of gaps in your timeline in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018.
- As you work at a timeline, it's gotten a lot easier to remove things like gaps. Remember, a gap can be caused by dragging and dropping elements or removing things or dragging it around and you might end up with an unwanted gap that will show as a flash to black in the middle of your project. Well, now it's a lot easier to clean those up with a simple menu command. Now, in this particular sequence here, we've got a lot of different gaps and you'll notice a new command under the Sequence menu called Close Gap.
This will analyze the sequence and find any gaps. Now, let's undo that and you'll notice this is a gap so is this. While this appears to be a gap here, there is a clip overlaying it so it didn't break sync. Over here we have a large gap but just a small space between this clip and this clip so when we close the gap, you'll notice that it's just trying to make sure that there's coverage of a video signal across all tracks.
Let's go ahead and undo for a moment. If you make a selection and you choose the Close Gap command, you'll notice that it only applies to that particular selection. So, if I were to select these three clips and choose Close Gap, those are the only clips that moved. Now, everything else has stayed in sync because we have sync turned on so that made it pretty easy. Now, one thing to be careful of is locking a track.
So, if a track is locked and you attempt the Close Gap command, you'll notice that it doesn't move but other tracks do. So, it may be pretty important as you're working to be mindful of which tracks are locked as well as what's selected. Remember, if you have a selection, it's going to only work on the selection itself so when I choose Close Gap, the selected clips here were modified but everything else up here was not. Remember, we do also have a very useful tool with the track selection tool and this is going to allow you to choose what is selected.
Remember, you could choose the track select tool here to select everything forward or things on a single track by holding down the Shift key. You can also click on that and choose the track selection tool backwards which will grab everything from the click backwards which can make it easier for you to specifically target what is going to be affected with the Close Gap command. Remember, the best thing overall is to avoid too much dragging and dropping in the timeline to begin with, but if you do find yourself lifting and overwriting and moving large segments around, this is a useful command to ensure that you have no flash frames in your sequence.
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