Three kinds of ‘Delete Clip’ in the Final Cut Pro X timeline

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Because Final Cut Pro X doesn't have tracks, Apple have made three kinds of delete for clips in the timeline.

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This clip has two connected clips: a video cutaway and an audio clip.

If when removing the selected clip I want the connected clips to be removed, I'd press the Delete key:

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If I want to delete the selected clip but keep the connected clips and not change the duration of the edit, pressing Shift-Delete replaces the selected clip with a gap clip:

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If I want to keep the connected clips and close up the timeline when deleting the selected clip, I would press Option-Command-Delete (some people call these two modifier keys 'alt-cmd'):

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