How to Edit Videos on TikTok

David Wilson
2024-04-18 16:33:55 • Filed to: Tiktok

Creating engaging content is no more a daunting task with the rise of several apps, including gaming apps, learning apps, video editing apps, and many more. And TikTok is one such very famous app. However, you must know how to edit videos on TikTok properly for creating appealing content.

Among all, video editing apps are gaining momentum these days. Gone are those days when video editing was confined to a laptop or PC. Now, you can shoot and edit a professional-looking video on your smartphone. Editing on the smartphone offers you to record and edit whenever and from wherever you want to.

Moreover, everyone can't afford premium video editing software compatible with PC. In a nutshell, you need not hire any professional to edit your videos. You can do it on your own using an impressive tool like TikTok. So, how to edit videos for TikTok?

Well, TikTok is a versatile and easy-to-use app packed with amazing editing features. Before getting deep into the editing details, make sure that you have installed the TikTok app on your phone. Following installation, open the app and tap on the + icon present on the lower middle side of the screen. A camera will start. Hit the red Record button to start recording. Here is a detailed guide on how to edit video TikTok and enhance it:

Trim The Clips

TikTok impresses its user with basic editing features. Moreover, the very basic thing in the process of how do you edit videos on TikTok involves trimming. Starting with the basic trimming or cutting of the clips, you can start and stop recording as per your wish. The app automatically adds all the clips to your timeline as you record them.

Once you have recorded all the required clips, you can edit them anytime with features offered by the app. To edit your clips, you will find the ‘Adjust Clips’ option on the right side of your screen. Pick the clips to tweak them accordingly. With simple dragging to a particular spot, you can trim the clip. It should be known that a clip will be trimmed only after you hit the ‘Save’ button.

trim the clips

After this basic cutting, head on to audio, transition, and effects settings. All the stated features will add meaning to your video.

Setting Audio Tracks

Sound plays a significant role in any video, and you must know this step while going through the process of how to edit video for TikTok. Just make sure you add an appropriate and interesting sound to your video. To do so, tap on ‘Sounds’ at the top of your screen. Select a song from a long list of available songs. The app allows you to choose from where you want the sound to be played and get a better synchronization with your video.

You can even add your own recorded sound clip or any other sound effect. (This is described in the next section). As for now, you can add only one song per video in the app. To add more than one sound, you are free to edit it on any other app and then publish it on TikTok.

setting audio tracks

Adding Sound Effects

TikTok provides you access to add a sound effect of your choice. You can simply search for the required sound effect in the ‘Sounds’ library. Type a word describing the sound like boom, bang, rings, chimes, etc. with the words sound effects. In this way, you may get the required sound in the library itself.

If you want to add your own recorded sound effect, click on the ‘Voice-Over’ on the right side of the screen. You will be amazed to know that, like other audio clips, you can edit your sound effect to start whenever you want it to.

add sound effects

Adding Texts 

This app has everything you would ask for. For adding text or even a title to your video clip, you can opt for the same in just one click. Just hit the ‘Text’ option that’s available when you look towards the bottom. This feature does not limit to adding text. You can even opt for the required font, its size, and the color of your choice.

After entering your words, select the place and duration of its appearance. To edit the duration, tap the text once. A dialog box will be popping up now, which will have two options: 1. Set Duration, and 2. Edit. The edit option allows you to change the font, size, and color. Moreover, the option “Set Duration” will be allowing you to set up the required time as well as the length of the text.

Once done, your text will appear at the chosen place for the required time.

add text tiktok

Using Amazing Transitions

After all the basic edits like trimming your clip, adding sound, or text, it is time for some real action. It is time to add life to your normal or boring videos by using some dynamic transitions. To apply a transition, tap on the ‘Effects’ option followed by ‘Transition’ present towards the bottom.

Select the one you liked the most and place it by tapping on your timelines. This tap will add the transition effect to that particular spot. To get the perfect result, you are advised to replay the clip over and over again. This will help you to make minor adjustments.

Working with Special Effects

If we are talking about TikTok, how can we not talk about the special effects it offers? TikTok comes with a diverse range of effects. You can apply them in two ways: either before or after you record your video.

special effects on tiktok

  • While recording: You can apply an effect while recording by tapping the Wink face icon. Clicking on this icon displays a plethora of effects. Pick an effect of your choice as you can apply only one effect at a time. Applying a single effect at a time means that you can add multiple effects in your entire video, but you cannot pile two effects on one another. Another effect can only be added after the first effect ends.

Here are a few effects you can choose while editing or recording your video on TikTok:

  • Filters: There are plenty of filters available on TikTok. So, if you want to apply a preset look for your video, select the ‘Filters’ option on the far right side of the screen. Try as many as you want and apply any one of them to your video.
  • Beauty: Like filters, you may choose ‘Beauty’ for enhancing your skin. It is also present on the far right side of your screen. This feature gives you a polished look by smoothing your face.
  • Speed: To change the speed of your video while recording, tap on the ‘Speed’ option present on the far right side of the screen. You can either speed up your video (2x, 3 xs) or slow it down (0.3x, 0.5 xs).
  • After recording: You can reverse the video, increase its speed, and add other filters like interactive AR filters once you finish recording. You must have seen interactive AR filters on Instagram and Snapchat as well.

Playing with Stickers

In a recent update, TikTok has introduced a new feature called Pinning Stickers. This feature allows you for pinning stickers as well as emojis to the different objects, which you have in your videos. The pinned stickers can even move around the entire scene. To apply it, you have to swipe up in your video to open the stickers and emoji section. Select your sticker, set it on the frame, and you are done with it.

Time to Export/Publish

After winding up all your edits, it is time to export or publish your video. It is always advised to save the video on your phone. When it comes to publishing your video, you can add hashtags and tag other users in the description box. Select the privacy settings among Public, Private, or only your Followers.

export and publish videos

You can even disable the comment section. Moreover, with various options such as React, Duet, or more, people opt for reacting and collaborating with your videos.

You are all caught up with the editing and bits to do before publishing the video. You can even publish your video to Instagram and Snapchat.