I stumbled upon the problem below. It was shared in this tweet asking how to close gaps in the ScreenFlow timeline.
Ripple Delete / Ripple Insert In the Big 3 Screencast Editors
The feature we’re looking for here is called “ripple delete.” The trick is to quickly close those gaps without:
- having to perform a “select all” or multiple-clip-select (because that’s a pain in the ass when you’re in the middle of a long, complex project with many clips and multiple tracks)
- and while keeping all clips on all tracks to the right of the gap in sync with each other as the gap closes (because audio that doesn’t sync with video doesn’t make for compelling tutorials)
And, while we’re at it, let’s go ahead and address the sibling of ripple delete — ripple insert. That may become helpful when you want to add new media clips into the middle of a ScreenFlow or Camtasia screencasting project.
Each of the “Big 3” screencasting editors handles ripple delete/ripple insert differently
In the video below, I’ll walk ya through how to close/insert those gaps quickly in each of the big 3 screencast editors: ScreenFlow, Camtasia Studio (for Windows) and Camtasia For Mac. Meanwhile, I’ve also made the cheat sheet on the right available for you to download. (Click it to enlarge. Then, right-click and “save as…”)
Below are the video timecodes so you can fast forward to the parts that interest you the most
- 0:00 to 4:00 – Ripple Delete / Ripple Insert: ScreenFlow
- 4:00 – Ripple Delete / Ripple Insert: Camtasia Studio
- 7:28 – Ripple Delete / Ripple Insert: Camtasia For Mac
Did this help? Let me know!