Imagine a situation where you are working on a certain client’s project up late at night, you’ve just wrapped up the edit and you’re about to send it to the render queue. After an hour of monotonous rendering, right before you go to sleep, you’ve decided to reveal the final export before you forward it to the client. Suddenly, in the middle of the video you spot an annoying black gap that you’ve obviously just missed while editing. Ouch!
Now, you will need to re-open your project, fix the gap and render the material one more time. I don’t know if you ever experienced something like this, but I assure you it’s one of those extremely annoying and frustrating experiences that every editor wants to forget and stay away from no matter what.
Actually, there is a simple way to avoid these nasty black flash frames by doing a quick quality check routine within Premiere Pro CC just before you hit Render. Or, you can use this alternative technique to remove space between multiple clips in no time.
As shown in the above example, first you need to create a Colour Matte and drag it on a separate track in your timeline right above your main edit. Make sure that the Colour Matte extends beyond both sides of your video clips. Then select all your clips and drag them up onto the Colour Matte.
Finally, drag them down making sure that they are still lined up with where you put them on the matte in the first place. Now you will notice that there are holes in between the sections of the Colour Matte where your videos actually are.
In order to delete the Colour Matte and merge the videos together, you can select all parts of the Matte right-click and choose Ripple Delete. Now your edit should be free of unintended gaps and all your clips on the timeline should be combined into one continuous shot.
Alternatively, you can go to Sequence and navigate to Go to Gap. To find gaps of any length in your sequence forward of the play head, click on Next in Sequence. For even more efficient workflow you can also use the keyboard shortcuts SHIFT+G for Next in Sequence and ALT+G for Previous in Sequence.
Again, to delete a gap right-click and choose Ripple Delete. It’s always recommended to check your timeline, especially if you need to render a longer edit where you will need to spend a couple of hours or more.
Obviously, these techniques will save you a lot of time and effort and, more importantly, will avoid the embarrassment of sending files with unintended gaps to your clients or collaborates. Generally, there are so many things that can eat up your time, so dealing even with only one of these small and extremely annoying inconveniences on a daily basis will significantly improve your workflow and make your life as a filmmaker (or editor) a lot easier, enjoyable and exciting.