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Brett Putman
Why Cant I "close gap?"
on Apr 27, 2010 at 10:07:54 pm

No idea whats going on here.
I must have screwed with some setting or changed a preference by accident, but when I right click to "close gap," the option to do so it grayed out.
This has never happened to me before, and it is pretty damn annoying when I am trying to trim down a timeline.


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Neal Broffman
Re: Why Cant I "close gap?"
on Apr 27, 2010 at 10:14:32 pm

Here is the reason:
close gap
(copy the above two words and paste into the search window)

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Brett Putman
Re: Why Cant I "close gap?"
on Apr 27, 2010 at 10:18:29 pm

ya i know.
it is grayed out there too.
already check that option.


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walter biscardi
Re: Why Cant I "close gap?"
on Apr 27, 2010 at 10:26:13 pm

You must have something on another video or audio track that is canceling out this option.

If you're trying to Close Gap in the video track but there is audio down below, it won't work for example.

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Brett Putman
Re: Why Cant I "close gap?"
on Apr 27, 2010 at 10:29:41 pm

I dont understand.
I just dropped my clips in the timeline like usual and started doing some basic trimming and cutting to get rid of some excess b-roll.
It was a brand new sequence and I have never had a problem doing it the same way before.


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Matt Callac
Re: Why Cant I "close gap?"
on Apr 27, 2010 at 10:28:07 pm

make sure there aren't any overlapping audio/video tracks on other layers.
-mattyc


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Alf Hanna
Re: Why Cant I "close gap?"
on Apr 28, 2010 at 12:28:18 am

It is a very frustrating problem that I am constantly running into also. The documentation on this in the FCP docs gives step by step, but doesn't cover problem solving like this. Go to the FCP help menu and type in close gap and read some of the files that come up. I never ran into a problem like this in other 'lower end' editors, so I'm rather baffled why it's an issue as frequently as it is with FCP.

If something is 'blocking' it, try backing the 'right hand' segment, as an example, back to the right, get rid of any transitions, and then try it again.

Alf


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Michael Gissing
Re: Why Cant I "close gap?"
on Apr 28, 2010 at 1:51:23 am


What version of FCP are you running? People have reported here recently that they have had problems with FCP 7.0.2 (I think) and closing gaps, so try a search.


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Tony Young
Re: Why Cant I "close gap?"
on Apr 28, 2010 at 3:32:25 pm

Yes, if you're using FCP 7.02, there seems to be an unfortunate bug. Some of us were discussing in this thread:

http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/8/1080723


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matthew bradshaw
Re: Why Cant I "close gap?"
on Apr 28, 2010 at 7:13:05 am

As a work-around you can mark the gap and hit shift x to extract.
Matt.



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Robb Harriss
Re: Why Cant I "close gap?"
on Apr 28, 2010 at 12:49:10 pm

happened here the other day. As it turned out there was some audio in a track that we didn't notice because it was all the way at the bottom and grayed out because it was muted.

Non-linear: all the time and nothing but.


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joe hedge
Re: Why Cant I "close gap?"
on Apr 28, 2010 at 4:47:36 pm

Have you tried the "Forward Delete" command, I have it mapped to the ampersand button, and it "closes the gap", except of course there has to be something there, not a gap...



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