Deleting Clips from a Sequence

As you edit, you can delete items from your sequence at any time, provided that the track you want to remove them from is not locked.

There are two ways to delete items from a sequence:

Important: Removing clips from a sequence does not delete the original master clips from the Browser, nor does it delete source media files from your hard disk. For more information, see Overview of the Media Manager.

Deleting with a Lift Edit (Leaving a Gap)

Deleting with a lift edit (also called a lift delete) removes any selected items from the sequence and leaves a gap. This is useful if you have a series of clips already edited into your sequence and you don’t want to move them (for example, if they’re all synchronized to a piece of music). If you want to remove one or more clips from the middle of such a sequence, the lift delete is the best way to do so.

Figure. Diagram showing a deleted clip leaving a gap in the sequence.
To remove a clip item and leave a gap
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Select the clip item or range of items you want to remove using one of the selection tools.

    • Set In and Out points in the Canvas or Timeline, then make sure the Timeline is active.

    Only clip items on tracks with Auto Select turned on will be deleted.

  2. Turn on Auto Select for the tracks you want to affect.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Sequence > Lift (or press Delete).

    • Choose Edit > Cut (or press Command-X) to cut the material, if you want to paste it somewhere else.

      Figure. Timeline window showing selected clip items.
      Figure. Timeline window showing a gap in the sequence where clip items were deleted.

Deleting with a Ripple Edit (Leaving No Gap)

Deleting with a ripple edit (also called a ripple delete) removes selected items from the sequence and closes the resulting gap by moving all subsequent items on unlocked tracks to the left. A ripple delete is useful if you want to remove one or more clip items from your sequence but you don’t want to leave a gap. For example, if you’re assembling a rough cut, and you decide that there’s a clip you don’t need in the middle, performing a ripple delete will remove it and move all subsequent clips in your sequence to the left to fill the gap. Performing a ripple delete is the opposite of performing an insert edit.

Figure. Diagram showing a clip deleted from a sequence and leaving no gap.
To delete a clip item and close the gap left behind
  1. Select the item or range of items you want to remove.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Sequence > Ripple Delete (or press Shift-Delete).

    • Control-click the selected clip item or items, then choose Ripple Delete from the shortcut menu.

    • Press Shift-X to cut the material, if you want to paste it somewhere else.

      Figure. Timeline window showing selected clip items.
      Figure. Timeline window showing that the clip has been deleted and the following clip has rippled to the left, leaving no gap.

Note: By default, Sequence markers (in the Timeline ruler) will ripple with any ripple edit or insert edit. For more information, see Using the Ripple Sequence Markers Setting.