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How to edit TikTok videos

/ 10:32 AM November 30, 2021

TikTok videos are all about being eye-catching, and in this vein, the videos must be flawlessly edited, or at least close to it. If you’re thinking about learning how to edit a video on TikTok, two things will come to mind – first; the last thing you expected was to learn how to edit a video on TikTok, and second, it would seem overwhelming at first. But in reality, while editing TikTok videos may seem like it has a lot to do, it is pretty simple.

With TikTok being the latest social media craze and creators getting their content monetized, it is no wonder that more and more people are getting into TikTok and making TikTok videos. TikTok has gotten more and more downloads from the app store recently.


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If you’re thinking of being one of those people, no need to fret about how to edit your videos. You don’t need to be a professional or have any external video editor app. To get you familiar with the process of editing, we have this guide on how to create and edit a video for TikTok.

Steps on how to edit TikTok videos

Steps on how to edit TikTok videos

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Adjust the camera settings: When you open TikTok, there will be a plus button in the middle of your screen. When you tap this button, it takes you to the camera. The camera has many settings you can adjust before recording your video. If you know the sound you want to use, you can tap the sounds icon at the top right hand of the screen. Then, you can search for the music you want, or you can use the featured sounds on TikTok.

If you want to record your video first, you can always add the sounds when you’re done. The TikTok camera has a beauty feature that allows you to add filters while you’re making your video. These filters make you look more photogenic. Light adjustment features also allow you to change how much lighting is reflected on your face during filming.

Add effects

Before filming, you can decide to add effects to your video. TikTok has various popular effects. Also, you can choose one of these depending on what you want your video to look like. If you want to record your video over a picture or another video, you can use the green screen effect. If you’re confused about which effect to choose, there are always trending effects on TikTok. You can choose from one of these effects to use.

Recording your video

After choosing the sound you want to use and the effects, if any, you can finally get to record your video. You can either record a 15-second video or a 60-second video. The camera will automatically stop recording after the time you indicated, and you can also tap on a timer to start recording after the seconds indicated.

Holding down on the button will allow you to zoom in and zoom out as your video is recorded. When you finish recording one section of your video, you can tap the record button to stop recording. Also, if you feel like a section of your video isn’t up to your satisfaction, you can delete that section and start it again.

Adjusting your clips

After recording all sections of your video, tap the tick button on your screen. This will take you to the first editing screen, where your video will be played on a loop. On this screen, you can do things like add text and adjust your clips.

When you tap the ‘Adjust clips’ icon on your screen, you will be able to adjust the video length of your clips. If you decide you’re dissatisfied with a clip, you can rerecord the clip. When you’ve adjusted all the clips, you can click save.

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Editing the sound

If for some reason, you didn’t add music before you started recording, this is your chance to. Tap the sounds icon on the side of your screen and choose the sound you want, choosing different sections of the song ranging from 15 to 60 seconds of the song. If you don’t know which sound to choose, there are always the Recommended options.

You can add a sound to Favourites, so it’s easier to find if you want to use it again. After adding sound, you can adjust the volume of the original video you recorded by tapping on the volume icon. If you want to record a voiceover or voice effects, you can tap the microphone icon, and you can also do voice effects by tapping on the icon.

Post recording effects

You can add them now if you didn’t add videos before recording. Choose the effect you want to add, let the video play and hold down the effect on where you want it to be applied. You can add more visual effects or sound effects to the video. This is until you’re satisfied with what the video turns out to be.

Transitions

Clicking on the ‘Transitions’ icon allows you to choose a bunch of really cool ways to move between clips on your video. Any effects applied to the video can be erased if you wish using the undo button under the timeline. You can adjust the play speed of each of your clips, making them faster or slower.

Stickers

Tapping the stickers icon shows you an array of emojis and graphics that you may want to add to your video. You can also add a face zoom and zoom in on any part of the face during your video.

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Uploading your video to TikTok

Uploading your video to TikTok

If you’re satisfied with all the editing you have done on the video, tap the red ‘Next’ button on your screen. Then this will take you to the posting screen. You can adjust the thumbnail of your screen, choosing which 2-3 second clip of your video would play as a preview on your profile.

You can also add hashtags to get your video to a larger audience. When posting your video, you’re given three options; Public, which allows everyone on Tiktok to see the video, Private, which means only you can see the video. And then Friends, which means only people you follow and follow you back, would see the video.


The ‘Allow duet’ option means that other TikTokkers can interact with your video with their videos coming side by side with yours. This video will be posted on their profile.

The ‘Allow Stitch’ option means that other TikTokkers can interact with your video. However, your video appears first, at a length they have chosen. When you feel like all your posting settings meet your criteria, you can post your video by tapping the upload button. It would appear on someone’s For You page and your followers ‘Following’ page.

Conclusion

Although it might seem like a lot of work at first, editing a TikTok video gets easier with time and practice. If you keep at it, you shall be sure to find that editing your video will be as easy as breathing to you.

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