Overriding Gap Space

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Hi there. I am new to Camtasia, and so far I am loving it. There is just one thing that's getting to me, and that is that clips do not override the gaps space when edits are made. In other words, they do not force align on the track. Now I read a few topics on a similar subject about removing gap space after deleting clips, however, my issue is removing gap space after speed or duration adjustments. I do a lot of complex editing, and it would take too much time to manually move each clip. Can this be done?
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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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On behalf of the team, I'd like to echo Paul's thanks for the feedback, and for taking the time to illustrate the issues you're having now.  It really does help focus our conversations internally.

In response to this thread, we had an internal thread in our group chat, including both Mac and Windows devs, as well as product leadership.  We noted some things that may help now, as well as some areas that we may be able to improve for the future.  I'll do my best to summarize the current behavior, but I cannot comment on future plans.

This may not suit all cases, but both Camtasia Mac and Windows allow the use of modifier keys during drag operations on the timeline.  This is useful when you want the clips to the right to be affected, and this can be used to close up gaps.

Here's an example of ripple split (on Windows):

Here's an example of ripple move (on Windows):

Here's an example of ripple trim (on Windows):

Here's an example of ripple clip speed (on Windows):

The timelines shown here are simple, but if you have a more complex timeline, some of these techniques may help you close up gaps, or prevent them in the first place, depending on the use case.

Here's a training video from our instructional designers that covers some of these same concepts in more detail: https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-ripple-move-and-extend-frame.html

Thanks again for the feedback!  Please keep it coming.
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@Dave O'Rourke

Thanks for a fantastic response from the dev team!  This is by far the best I have seen in any product -- it is timely, comprehensive, and directly addresses the issue reported. 

I wish all developers were this responsive.

I will be very interested to see the response from the folks who are having the issue.  I haven't tried it, but the last example of "Ripple Clip Speed" seem to directly address the issue, and even solve it.  But I wait to hear from those with the issue.
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Thank you for the example, Dave. I didn't realize that could be done.