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Quick Tip For Discovering Durations of Gaps in Final Cut Pro

Let's that you have already finished this week's show for a weekly outdoor sports program featuring a hunt during gun season and just as you are about to print to tape, you realize that in one of your many shots a hunter does not have on his required orange hat. Perhaps he took it off to scratch his head, but you don't want to project a negative image of your show in regard to hunting safety, so you decide to replace the shot.

After you have cut out that clip within Final Cut Pro, a quick way to figure out the exact duraton of the gap in the show is to:

1 Option click the Auto Select Control for the track that contains the gap.

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2 Place the position indicator in the gap and press x to mark the space (clip).

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3 The duration of the gap can be found in the Timecode Duration field in the Canvas Window. This would be the left field.

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If you want to make sure there are no gaps within your sequence, you can use the keyboard shortcut (Shift + G) to advance forward to the next gap, or (Option + G) to move backwards to a gap.

See how to utiize three-point editing to close a gap in your FCP timeline!

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