In Camtasia 9, what is the difference between "delete" and "ripple delete"?

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Rick Stone

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Delete should remove whatever is selected. If it's between other media, a gap is left behind.
Ripple delete removes whatever is selected and if a gap would be left behind, media to the right is moved to occupy the gap that would have been left so there is no "dead space".

I believe it's named "Ripple" because it causes a ripple change effect down the line.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I have the same question - what is the difference between Ripple Delete and Cut?

Also, @Camtasia - I could not find "Ripple" or "Ripple delete" in your online help.  The only reference I found was the keyboard shortcut for the action, but no explanation of what it is.

Thanks.
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Rick Stone

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According to the page at the link below, Cut and Ripple Delete are basically the same thing.

https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000336311-Camtasia-Hotkeys



Cheers... Rick :)
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Rick Stone

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Also, I suppose that because Delete and Cut behave differently, maybe TechSmith added the term "Ripple Delete" so folks that use other non-linear editors might better understand Camtasia?

But that's just a guess on my part.
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So Tereza,

A cut removes media from the timeline and places it on the clipboard so you can paste it somewhere else on the timeline.
If there is other media on the timeline, a gap will form on the same track where you "Cut" the media from.


A ripple delete executed on one track of media will close the gap when you delete the media.

You can also perform a Ripple delete on several tracks of media simultaneously.

You selecting them using the sliding red and green markers on the timeline indicator.

Regards,Joe
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great explanation!
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Tereza

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Well, at the risk of beating a dead horse, I will say that I still don't see that there is a difference between Cut and Ripple Delete.
And for my day-to-day, I guess I'll treat the as identical.

To summarize...
In practice, they both:
  • Copy to the clipboard
  • Close the gap
  • Stitch the remaining media together
But why do both exist?  And with different keyboard shortcuts, if they are identical?

@Rick Stone - thanks for that link. 
However, a little odd that the description of "Cut" in that same document has a different format, and looking at the two together, neither fully describes what on earth is going on.

At least "Delete" is easy - doesn't copy to clipboard, leaves gap in timeline.  Done.

Thanks again, everyone.
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Tereza

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Crystal clear.  Thanks for being so thorough.
Perhaps your explanation here (and even the screenshots from @Joe Morgan) can be used in the documentation. 
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Rick Stone

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I'd like to offer an apology to Tereza for my own misunderstanding at the beginning of this thread.
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@Tereza, I've passed your request on to our UA team that manages the documentation and help content.  Thanks for the feedback.
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Tereza

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Rick - don't be silly - I see your name associated with so many helpful, creative, and thorough answers...!!!  It's very easy to misinterpret simply based on one's own experience.   It took me about 12 reads through to understand that one example showed selecting a portion of media, and the other selected an entire thing.
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Thank you Tereza for the question (& to the OP to start things) and especially to Dave, Rick and Joe for your answers.

This might explain why Cam9 was crashing on me.

In Cam8 I would use Cut to remove stuff and leave no gap but when I did the same in Cam9 after several minutes into my video, Cam9 would regularly crash on me.

Looks like it was because I was clogging up the memory since I was still using the Cut option.

Since I began using the Ripple Delete option, Cam9 has not crashed once.

Possibly unrelated but then again, possibly not.

Cut for clipboard - Ripple Delete for trash ;-)