Close Gap command
Very simple thing I miss from Final Cut Pro: The Close Gap command. Park the playhead in any gap, hit Ctrl+G, and the gap closes. It's a wonderful little time saver!
I just upgraded to Adobe Premier Elements 2019 and the Close Gap is not working.The clips are deleted but I have all these gaps. I could drag each one, but some have other tracks above or below. Why doesn't this work like it should? I've tried the suggestions such as Ctrl+G, right-click delete, backspace.
Thanks for any help.
or you can boxselect a range of clips and use the close gap command
Pierre Louis Beranek commented
Sounds like a great idea! To this, I would add that the current 'Close Gap' function needs to be fixed. In typical Adobe fashion, it was released as a half-baked feature. The 'Close Gap' feature should ALWAYS work when used, even if there are un-selected clips above and/or below the selection you want to remove the gaps from. The way it is now, Close Gap doesn't even work if there's a locked track with media above or under the selection. Ridiculous.
Adobe seriously needs to hire competent programmers that simply get it and program things the right way the first time around. This isn't exactly rocket science. It's simple common sense and basic respect for how editors work!
I'll post this in a new posts as well since it's different from the original FR in this thread.
This still requires a click to select or a right-click to get the context menu to close the gap, so it's lacking the functionality Dave described in the original post which is to park the playhead on a single gap without selecting or clicking anything and remove only that gap with a key command.
I work as much as possible with only the keyboard, the mouse and clicking/selecting is much slower than a key command (for me and many others, we all work differently of course). The behavior requested in the original post can be viewed here --- key command to move to gap, key command to close gap, no selection or clicks necessary:
Can we have this?
Thanks Nate, that's somewhat helpful.
Still, I think the reason people keep asking for this to be improved is because in FCP7 this feature worked very efficiently without having to select anything -- you simply parked the playhead over a gap and pressed the command and that gap was closed instantly. Having to take the additional step to select the clips makes this feature function pretty much the same as ripple delete.
So my suggestion would be to make the default action for the close gap command "close the unselected gap that the playhead is parked on", and then maybe add an option to "close all gaps" (or maybe if you select a group of clips, or select all THEN it closes all gaps).
The "close all gaps" option is something I think most editors would use much less frequently than the "close the gap I'm looking at right now".
Adobe Staff - Nate commented
To get the behavior you describe, Phil, select the clips around the gap or gaps you want. Then run the command. Only selected gaps are closed.
Currently the "Sequence > Close Gap" command closes every single gap in a sequence, not just the one under the playhead. Would be nice to have it default to the gap the playhead is on, with an option to close all gaps.
Adobe Staff - Nate commented
This feature exists in Premiere Pro, it is under Sequence > Close Gap. It doesn't have a default keyboard shortcut, you will need to create your own.
I have modded this feature in, and it is indeed great to have. I use it every day, and have bound it to F1.
ID #12 in my spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dVJb7kI_ZETLavrplfARgn9gL8HUpvkq6A0jCPxqA3w/edit#gid=1133868629
Video explanation of how to get this working for yourself:
Brian Davison commented
I know it's not exactly the same, but a couple releases ago they did add a close gap command. By default it closes every single gap in the timeline (not useful for me) but you can lasso select a bunch of clips and it'll close all the gaps, which I do find useful.
I do miss the functionality you describe though, ripple delete requites the gap to be selected in order to work, in my experience.
Ben C commented
Agree that "ripple delete" works great for this. On the other side of this, would be nice to see a proper "fit to fill" edit command
"Ripple delete" or "close a gap", with the second one you can close all gaps in the sequence, or all gaps between the clips you selected
Patrick Norman commented
I've been requesting this forever. Miss it from FCP7...
don't need to park the playhead, Just right click over a gap and hit 'ripple delete' even quicker!