How To Delete Gaps & Clips in DaVinci Resolve (The Right Way!)

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Deleting gaps and clips is very important to your editing process.

It is very frustrating to see other clips moving after you delete a gap or a clip.

It especially becomes dis-heartening when you have locked your editing, but need to delete a gap which then ripples the whole timeline undesirably!

Today, we’ll see how to delete gaps and clips with or without disturbing other clips and tracks.

Let’s get started!



How to Delete a Clip without Moving Other Clips in DaVinci Resolve?

You can delete a clip without moving other clips by right clicking on the clip and select “Delete Selected“. Shortcut is backspace (Windows) or delete (macOS).

This operation will leave a gap in your track and will not affect other clips which are part of same or different tracks (both video and audio included). This is also called “Lift Edit”.


After you’ve deleted the clips throughout the timeline, you now feel that there are a lot of empty spaces or gaps across the tracks.

Now you decide to delete all the unwanted gaps. So…

How to Delete Multiple Gaps or Empty Spaces at Once in DaVinci Resolve?

To delete all the empty spaces or gaps, go to the menu “Edit” -> “Delete Gaps”.

This will delete all common gaps – gaps that are continuous from the top to the bottom tracks (including both video and audio).

Deleting common gaps will move the right side clips to the left.


“Delete Gaps” Not Working in DaVinci Resolve

When you go to “File” -> select “Delete Gaps”, it won’t delete gaps which are overlapped by clips of the adjacent tracks (but will close only common gaps).

Let me explain…

From the above image, you can see there are 2 gaps in V1 and A1, but overlapped or bridged by clips at V2 and A2. So this gap is not common or continuous from the top track to the bottom, and hence won’t be deleted.

This doesn’t mean that the “Delete Gaps” operation is not working. The idea is not to delete all the gaps just because they exist, which might cause massive out of sync issues.

For a more granular control over deleting gaps, you need to find them and delete them as required.


How to Find Gaps in DaVinci Resolve?

  • Go to the menu “Playback“.
  • Select “Previous” -> “Gap”. Previous Gap shortcut is “Ctrl + Alt + ; “.
  • Select “Next” -> “Gap”. Next Gap shortcut is “Ctrl + Alt + ‘ “.

This operation will move the playhead to the starting of a gap. Now you can make informed decisions about the gaps.


What is a Ripple Delete?

“Ripple Delete” operation will delete a clip or gap and move the clips – which are at the right side – towards the left to close any gaps. It has a ripple like effect and affects the whole timeline – hence the name.

What is the Shortcut for Ripple Delete in DaVinci Resolve?

Shortcut for ripple delete is “Shift + Backspace” (Windows) or “Forward Delete” (macOS).


How to Close a Single Gap in DaVinci Resolve?

  • Click on the gap (the gap will be highlighted) between the clips.
  • Right click and select “Ripple Delete” or press “Shift + Backspace”.

This operation will move the right side clips to the left (to close the gap) from the same track as well as other tracks.

If you don’t want to affect clips from other tracks, then read the next section.


How to Remove a Gap Without Moving Clips from Other Tracks?

To remove a gap without moving other clips of other tracks, is to disable other tracks’ “Auto track Selector” and “Ripple Delete” the gap.

  • Disable “Auto Track Selector” icon by clicking on it, for tracks that you don’t want to be affected.
  • Right click and select “Ripple Delete”. Or press “Shift + Backspace”.

From the above image, you can see that both V2 and A2 tracks are disabled.

Which means…

When you “Ripple Delete” a gap at V1 or A1, it will not move the clips at tracks V2 and A2. The clips after the gap at A1 and V1 will move towards the left to close the gap.


How to Ripple Delete Clips in DaVinci Resolve?

Select the clips, right click and choose “Ripple Delete” (Or press “Shift + Backspace”).

Ripple deleting clips will delete the clips and then close the gaps immediately. Hence, before ripple deleting, the first step should always be to disable “Auto Track Selector” for tracks that you don’t want to be affected. (See the previous section to learn about disabling “Auto Track Selector”)


Ripple Delete is Not Working in DaVinci Resolve?

When you select a clip or gap, ripple delete it and expect other clips from other tracks to move, but they don’t, then it feels like ripple delete is not working.

But taking a closer look will reveal the actual issue.

Check the “Auto Track Selector” icon for the other tracks. If it is disabled, then the clips of those tracks won’t move towards the left.

Click on the “Auto Track Selector” icon to enable it, for all the required tracks, and then again ripple delete the clip or gap. Now all the clips towards the right of the deleted clip or gap, will move towards left.


The “Delete” key in Windows will also perform “Ripple Delete” (apart from “Shift + Backspace”). When in doubt, use backspace key for deleting any clips or gaps.


How to Ripple Delete a Range of Clips in a Timeline in DaVinci Resolve?

Instead of ripple deleting clips as a whole, you want to delete a part or range of clips across the timeline (including audio & video), then:

  • Place an In point (press “i”) and an out point (press “o”) in the timeline to select a range.
  • (If the range is not highlighted, then press “Ctrl + Shift + A” to highlight the range.)
  • Disable “Auto Track Selector” for tracks that you don’t want affected.
  • Press “Shift + Backspace” to ripple delete.

Turn Off Ripple Delete in DaVinci Resolve

The best way to turn off ripple delete is to not use “Delete” button or “Shift + Backspace”. Instead use backspace key and/or disable auto track selector for tracks that you want to preserve.


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