The problem with the YouTube material is sorting out the useful from the… not so useful. Sure would be nice to just flip to the right page and… the knowledge you seek lies here. Sure would be nice to have free beer, too.
Easy-peasy answer: you’re looking in the wrong place. Put the cursor (not play head) on the left (earlier) side of the cut. A red line will show up. Right -click and there’s your Merge with next clip. Easy-peasy!
Why do it this way? The secret’s in the wording: Merge with next clip. If you’re to the right (later side), what if there’s no next cut? What if that cut’s out of the screen and maybe you want to merge it, maybe you don’t. Cursor to the left, little red line, right-click… hello, success!
Are you using the play head or the mouse cursor to get to the red bar? It’s the mouse cursor that does the trick.
I’m editing right now and it’s working like a charm. It doesn’t matter whether there are or aren’t cuts to the right (later) or left (earlier). When you’re in the right place, the cursor looks like this: <->
I forgot the secret gotcha. You can’t merge two different clips. That is, you can slice up one clip all you want, and undo the damage by merging. But you can’t merge the end of Clip A with the start of Clip B.
Er, the legend reads “Merge with next clip”, which suggests that, if there’s a vertical black line, this bit and that bit can be welded together. That’s correct except when merging the end of Clip A and the beginning of Clip B. I think Alfred Hitchcock called things like this a McGuffin. Sounds better than “gotcha”, don’t you think? [/wink]