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August 21, 2012
Premiere ProVideo Editing

Closing Multiple Gaps in a Premiere Pro Timeline

Learn how to close the gaps between clips in your Premiere Pro timeline.  Use this quick tip to speed up your Premiere Pro video editing.

Adobe Premiere Pro

When you work on a video editing sequence in Premiere Pro you may find that you have many clips with gaps in-between them.  Closing each of these gaps can be time consuming!  With this quick tip, first taught to me by Premiere Pro expert Ann Bens, you can close all your Premiere Pro timeline gaps fast!  Let’s jump in…

So, we start with our Premiere Pro timeline with lots of gaps. This example is using large gaps just for demonstration purposes, however sometimes its smallest gaps in sequences can equal disaster!  In general, you should rid your sequence of all gaps for smooth and predictable results.

Sequence With Gaps


Next you need to create a new ‘Color Matte’.

Selecting A New ‘Color Matte’


Accept the dialogue box that is basically asking you if you want the color matte to match the settings of your presently selected sequence.

New Color Matte Dialogue Box


Press OK and then name it (if you want to) and hit OK. To be honest it’s not really important to name the matte as it isn’t going to stay in your timeline by the time you’ve finished. However, I like to name things because then I know why they are there in my project panel in the first place – but it’s up to you.

Name It


Now, move that color matte to the video layer above the clips which have the gaps in them and trim it out to the same length as the total of all the clips.

Putting The Color Matte Over The Clips With Gaps


Next, select all the clips in your video layer which has gaps in it – make sure they are all selected – and then drag them up over the color matte but DO NOT deselect them!

Select Clips And Move Them Over The Matte


After this – and with the clips still selected – click on any one of the clips and drag them all back down to their original video layer.

With The Clips Still Selected Bring Them Back To Video 1


As you can see, this leaves color matte clips which are the same length and placing as any gaps you may have had between your video clips.

So finally, select all the remaining color matte clips in the layer above your video clips and then right click on any one of them (with them all selected) and choose ‘Ripple Delete’.

Select The Color Matte Clips – Right Click And Choose Ripple Delete


And, as if by magic, the color matte goes and so do all the gaps that were in your Premiere Pro timeline!

All Gaps Closed And Color Matte Gone!


A very useful Premiere Pro tip to close up all the gaps in you timeline!  Thanks to Ann Bens for sharing.

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  • DB

    thanks, that cut out a bunch of time

    • Robert Carson Mataxis

      +1 thanks for posting the tutorial!

  • Tyler

    Or you could just click each gap and hit delete, only two steps compared like 6-7 and you can click and delete fast…if there were like 20 gaps though this might be faster.

    • Robert Carson Mataxis

      If you’re deleting 10 gaps, go this route. If you’re deleting 100 gaps, go the route described in the article above.

  • mao

    oh how ridicoulous! in FCP you could lift the first clip and the last clip onto the second track, select the space in between and hit delete and watch all the clips in track one join together!!

    • Robert Carson Mataxis

      So true, and so sad that Premiere requires these ^&^*%^&$^## workarounds!

  • AneesahMarie

    Yash what a work around… sometimes Premiere just feels like workarounds!

  • s1ndydoll

    erm, why would you not just select the clips in the timeline as they are & click ripple delete?

  • Kevin Monahan

    Credit super user Ann Bens for that tip.

  • The Media man

    It’s not quite FCP, and never will be, somethings are just not logical, far to many drop down menus doing the same things.

  • K

    You are such an amazing beautiful man.

  • Michael

    Thanks! How clever

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