Deleting a portion of an object on the Camtasia Timeline (a few seconds from the end of a video for example) is simple: drag the red in- and/or green out-point on either side of the Playhead, right-click, and then choose Delete. However, after deleting the selection from the Timeline media, you’ll typically be left with a gap. If left unaddressed, the gap (otherwise known as dead air), will result in a black screen when the lesson is seen by your eLearners.
In the image below, notice that there is an item on the Timeline to the right of a video I'd like to edit. I've already made a selection with the in- and out-points.
The next step for most people is to right-click the selection and choose Delete.
Deleting a selection works of course, but there's a gap left between the edited object and the next object on the Timeline (dead air).
As an alternative to simply Deleting (and getting a gap), this is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of an often overlooked Camtasia feature: Ripple Delete (the option is just below Delete in the menu).
By Ripple Deleting, the dead air isn't an issue because the item to the right of the edited object automatically slides left and fills the gap on the Timeline.
Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP, is the founder and president of IconLogic. Following a career in Public Affairs with the U.S. Coast Guard and in private industry, Kevin has spent decades as a technical communicator, classroom and online trainer, public speaker, and has written hundreds of computer training books for adult learners. He has been recognized by Adobe as one of the top trainers world-wide.