How to Delete a Clip in Avid

Though it may seem like a simple requirement, there are many ways to delete a clip in Avid. The differences rest in how you want the timeline to look after you have removed the unwanted footage.

Step 1: Select What You Want Deleted

There are a few ways to tell Avid what to delete. The first is to mark a clip. Place your cursor over the clip that you are going to delete. It does not matter where in the clip it is, but just make sure that the track with that clip is selected. You will also need to consider if any of the other tracks hold material that belongs with this footage that you are about to delete. This will be easier to understand once we get through the process. Now press "T" on the keyboard to mark the clip. Select any other tracks that you want to be affected by the delete.

Step 2: Extract

The first way to eliminate this clip is to hit "X" and extract it. This will not only remove the clip, but also the space that it formerly occupied. So, the clip in front of the deleted selection will now be up against the clip behind the deleted selection. This is where it would have been important to consider all of the tracks that you want to delete. Including the wrong tracks or leaving out the right tracks could leave you out of sync further down the timeline.

Step 3: Lift

The alternative to extracting is lifting. To do this, hit "Z" which should have a picture of a weight-lifter on it. Now your clip will be deleted, but the space that it occupied will still be present, though empty. Now you will need to figure out what to do with this space, but there is no way you can have lost sync.

Step 4: Back to Step 1

Remember there was another way to select clips that was mentioned in step 1. You can "lasso" a clip by simply dragging out a square around that clip using your cursor with the left click held down. You should again consider the tracks that you want included in this process and select them accordingly. However, one important difference has resulted from this selection technique.  Either the "Lift/Overwrite" button with the red arrow, or the "Splice/Extract" button with the broken yellow arrow is now automatically selected. This depends on whichever was the last one you used. Take note of which is highlighted and change it if you need to.

Step 5: Modified Extract/Lift

Once you have determined whether you want to extract or lift this clip, you can make it happen with a modified keyboard command. No matter which you have chosen, execute the lift or extract by hitting Ctrl + X. If the red arrow was highlighted, you will have performed a lift, and if the broken yellow arrow were highlighted, you will have performed an extract.

Deleting a clip is very simple, but there are different things to keep in mind while doing it. Consider your options before taking the steps.

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