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Lift And Ripple Edit Deletion In Final Cut Pro

As there are with many functions in Final Cut Pro, there is more than one way to delete items in the timeline, such as the individual selection of items or in groups, and even selecting a range with in and out points in the canvas or timeline. Knowing the right method to execute for your given situation can save you a lot of heart-ache as well as a lot of time.

Perhaps you are editing a thirty second commercial spot for television and after you have built the timeline discover that a four second clip located in the center has become irrelevant. In this case you might find that a lift delete may work better than a ripple delete. It's all personal preference and the the keyword is preference. Don't let your options in a project be dictated by what you DO NOT KNOW.

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Performing A LIft Edit (deleting one or more items leaving a space in your sequence):

1 Perform one of these options:

- Select an item or items by clicking them.
- Set in and out points in either the timeline or the canvas

2 Perform one of these options:

- Choose Sequence > Lift.
- Press Delete.
- Choose Edit > Cut (or press Command-X)

Performing A Ripple Delete (collapsing the space in your sequence):

1 Select item or range to delete, then perform one of these options:

- Choose Sequence > Ripple Delete.
- Press Shift Delete.
- Control-click the item or range you want to delete, then choose Ripple Delete from the Shortcut menu. You must manually select items in order to use this method.

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