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Lift Delete or Ripple Delete in Final Cut Pro

final_cut_pro_image.gifThere is more than one way of deleting items in the Timeline in Final Cut Pro, for example, selecting the item individually or in groups, or even selecting a range with In & Out points.  Knowing the right methods for the right situations can save you a lot of time.

In Final Cut Pro, we have 2 types of delete functions.  A Lift Delete, or a Ripple Delete.  Basically a Lift Delete will leave you with a gap in the sequence; a Ripple Delete closes the gap from the deletion by moving all subsequent clips to the left.  Performing a Lift Delete removes any selected items from the sequence and leaves a gap.  This is useful when you have a series of clips that are all synchronized to music and you don't want to move them.  But if you want to delete one or more clips from the middle of the sequence, the Lift Delete is the best option. 

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Continue reading to the next section for performing a Ripple Delete...


Performing a Ripple Delete removes selected items from the sequence and closes the resulting gap by moving items that are on unlocked tracks to the left.  This is useful when you want to delete one or more items from your sequence but don't want to leave a gap.  Kind of like doing it all in one step.

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So let's suppose you're editing a 30-second commercial and after you've built the Timeline, you realize there's a clip in the middle that's irrelevant; by performing a Lift Delete rather than a Ripple Delete here keeps your sequence length from becoming shorter.  This way you're left with a hole where you can plug in another piece of footage similar in length.

The easiest way to perform both of these functions is to use the Delete Keys.  Once you've selected the clip you are deleting, press the large Delete key for a Lift Delete, which is located under the F13 key.  If you want to Ripple Delete, press the smaller Delete Key located under the Help key.

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