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Delete & Close Gap option not working properly

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Aug 08, 2018

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I am trying to trim my clips. This has always worked before but now on my project when I click delete and close gap the gap does not close and I am left with an empty space where the clip was. How do I fix this. I am not gonna sit here and drag all my clips to the left everytime I want to fill the gap. Plus its harder to match up with the music I am trying to play it with. Please help

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As far as I can tell Delete and Close Gap only works on Video 1.

Looks like its by design.

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Delete & Close Gap option not working properly

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I am trying to trim my clips. This has always worked before but now on my project when I click delete and close gap the gap does not close and I am left with an empty space where the clip was. How do I fix this. I am not gonna sit here and drag all my clips to the left everytime I want to fill the gap. Plus its harder to match up with the music I am trying to play it with. Please help

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Correct answer by Ann Bens | Adobe Community Professional

As far as I can tell Delete and Close Gap only works on Video 1.

Looks like its by design.

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Do you have video or audio on other tracks that are keeping this gap from extending through your entire timeline?

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Sep 20, 2018

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Hi Steve. I have just upgraded to v2018 and am having the same problem on a 35 minute project including stills and video. Delete and Close Gap doesn't work now on any frame - worked perfectly for days. I have never added video or audio on its own.

Now I want to prepare short videos of particular scenes - is there a workaround to copy a range of frames to a new file? Tried making a "copy" but it also has the same issue - an 18 minute blank section.

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I don't know what you mean by "copy a range of frames to a new file."

You can not copy media from one project to another, if that's what you're asking.

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Exactly correct. I was thinking how I salvage data from a corrupt spreadsheet or word processing file etc.

So looks like the only solution is to build a new project.

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Not sure I understand the goal.  If I do, a technique would be to set the work area bars to the beginning and ending of the "range of frames" then output a video with settings that match the source.  You can then use that new video as the source for a new project. 

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Using 2018 and a mix of jpg and video I cannot see how to set "the work area bars to the beginning and ending of the "range of frames"

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Work area  bars:

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Your screengrabs helped me - v2018 is a bit different, but I did Add Media from Files & Folders and imported the mp4 video I created. Double clicking a frame opens Clip Monitor and right click gives Set Clip Marker.  Closing Clip Monitor I have the cut scene with blank video either side - but importantly Delete & Close gap works.  Many thanks.

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Hello JayJoy,

If possible, please share a screenshot of your timeline (along with gap) where your 'Delete and close Gap' option is not working.

PS: Imagine a case where there is music on your timeline without any gaps, and you have gap in your video track. In that case, 'delete and close gap' option is disabled as per design. But lets have a look at your timeline to see the issue in your case.

Thanks,

Nidhi Bhushan.

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This is my issue as well...I can't close gaps while music is also stacked. So, my question is how do you close gaps automatically while editing to music? Thank you for any help you can give.

 

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I have this issue on Adobe Premiere Elements 2020 (Windows 10).

You are seeing the full project on the timeline.

 

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Same problem problem as AdobeAlexS. Trying to Delete and Close Gap in voice (narration) track. Delete works, but I can't close the gap. If I drag audio from right to left to close the gap, it restores what I just deleted.

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"Trying to Delete and Close Gap in voice (narration) track."

 

The Narration track seems to have some special attributes.  You might try cutting and pasting the Narration into the first empty audio track above the video.  Editing controls might work better. 

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As far as I can tell Delete and Close Gap only works on Video 1.

Looks like its by design.

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