How to Edit a Video on TikTok

Here is an in-depth tutorial on how to edit TikTok videos. Get insights on different apps and all about editing on TikTok.

TikTok has become one of the most prominent and most used social media since its inception. The TikTok videos have become a viral trend and often carry viral music that literally gets stuck on the viewer's minds. The TikTok trends are fun to do and a pass time for several content creators. It's a platform where content creators get the exposure they need and it enables them to reach out to the masses.

According to a stat, the number of active users of TikTok is currently around 1.1 billion and this number only seems to be growing. TikTok sees an annual hike of about 680 million users every year. Although the number of users received a setback in recent years due to the ban enforced on TikTok in India, the number of users across the world has only been increasing. On the app, a user is allowed to pick a random trending music and make videos on it. The videos can be related to art, music, dance or anything else. Dance trends are pretty trendy on TikTok, they often become so famous that almost every netizen would have viewed it. As we know TikTok is a video-based social media platform, the videos will also need editing.

This is because often the lighting is not conducive or the tilt of the video is weird. There can be numerous reasons that can spoil the video and editing is the solution to most problems. Well, editing videos before posting them on TikTok can be a huge pain. Editing videos is indeed time-consuming and the first step to it is finding a convenient editing app. Most editing apps are either paid, or they leave a bookmark, or they just aren't good enough. TikTok Video editing is one of the most used features for editing videos before uploading. If you're wondering about how to edit TikTok video, then this article is meant for you! Today let us take a look at how to edit TikTok video.

Part 1: How to Use the TikTok's Built-in Video Editing Tools

TikTok like any other social media platform offers editing features. However, sometimes these features might suffice to your needs, and sometimes they may not. This is because the editing tool offered by TikTok is not feature-rich. Other editing tools in the market have many more advanced features to edit videos. However, if you just need elementary editing tools, then TikTok video editing tools would cater to your needs! In the video here, the procedure to edit videos on TikTok is explained in-depth in a concise manner. You can go through it in order to understand the process of editing TikTok videos.

Part 2: Best 5 Video Editing Apps for Creating TikTok Videos

1. Viamaker/capcut

Viamaker is one of the newest TikTok video editing apps. It came in recently in the year 2020 and gained quick popularity. The open-source app is available on both android and iOS. Listed below are the pros and cons of this app


The app is developed and released by bytedance, the company that owns TikTok

The app is pretty trustworthy and is hence free from data breaches

The app has almost all the elementary features

It has a huge music library and trendy TikTok fonts


The app is slightly new and hence still has bugs in it

The app lacks advanced editing features like green screen

The UI aspects of the app are still being explored

The video here portrays the usage of this app to edit videos

2. Beecut

Beecut is another one-stop-shop for editing TikTok videos. It's got a variety of features and is compatible with both android, windows, and iOS. Here are a few pros and cons of the app.


The app supports 5 aspect ratios and has several features for video editing

The user interface is very simple to use

It is a free to use software


The developer of the app is not very well known

It is a beginner-friendly app and does not have highly advance editing features

The app hangs sometimes while being used

3. Zoomerang

Zoomerang is another resourceful app for editing TikTok videos. It has several handy features and is available on the Play Store and the App Store. The pros and cons of using this app are listed below.


The app has a simple user interface

The technical support team of the app is pretty handy

The app has advanced editing features


The app is not a free software

The in-app purchases are pretty expensive ranging from $10 to $40

The free trial version has only limited editing features and also has a limited duration

Attached below is a tutorial video to understand the apps functionality in depth

4. Inshot

Inshot is probably one of the most popular apps for editing videos and is a highly handy one. It is available on both android and iOS. Let's dive into the pros and cons of using this app.


The app is an acclaimed one

The app is trustworthy and data breaches aren't possible as the developing company is a famous one

The app has handy features for editing videos


There are several in-app advertisements, these advertisements are often annoying

Clicking on advertisements can also lead to malicious web pages

Not all features are free and some features need to be paid for

Here's a tutorial that explains how to edit TikTok video using inshots

5. VivaVideo

VivaVideo is another handy software for editing videos. The software has some worthy features and is available on android and iOS. Here's a list of the pros and cons of the app.


The software has handy softwares

The user interface of the app is Highly straightforward

The app has most common features for elementary editing


Only the basic features of the app are free, a user needs to pay for the other ones

The app has several in-app advertisements

Not all advanced features are available on this app

The tutorial here will explore more about the app and brief you about it

Part 3: 8 Basic Editing Tips for Creating TikTok Videos

1. Be good at basic cutting

TikTok has an in-app recorder. Hence, you've am option to record a video while using the app and edit it on the app simultaneously. The record on the go feature however can get confusing for beginners. Hence, while editing you should be prompt with your video trimming skills. Ensure that you don't film an extra bit or miss out on a part of the video. Recording the video is of course the most important part of content creation and having perfectly trimmed videos is always handy!


2. Use trendy audios

While editing videos, you also need to add audio to your video. On TikTok, there's a huge library of audio available for a user. While editing the videos, the user needs to select which part of the audio does he/she wants to add onto the video. Once a musical piece is selected, the user can watch a preview of the same. Using trending videos to add to your video will increase the chances of your video becoming viral by enhancing its reach.


3. Select the music that suits the video

While selecting the music, a user just must not blindly select the most trending music. It's also important to check whether the music selected matches the content in the video or not. For instance, an EDM sort of music wouldn't suit a peaceful video about nature. If you're a content creator who creates dance content, then it is important to select the music that matches your step, the beats must coincide with your steps.


4. Add sound effects

TikTok provides a sound effect section, from where users can add sound effects to certain parts of their videos. There is a wide range of sound effects available in the sound effects library. Choosing a sound effect that goes well with the content in the video will make it further attractive. An attractive video is more likely to gain a higher reach. The sound effects must also suit the video precisely. For instance, a comical background music will suit a jovial video and will hence enhance reach.


5. Use transitions wherever possible

Transition videos have been doing rounds in the content creation market for a while now. Transitions are a key aspect of video editing and add glam to the videos. Transitions in a video need to be smooth to make your videos look pleasing and easy to the eyes. There's an exclusive transition effects section in almost every editing app. Even TikTok provides a set of Transition effects that you could add to your videos. Choosing a suitable transition effect and adding it to your video will make it highly attractive!


6. Usage of text

Adding Captions and text to a video makes it a hundred times more attractive. Well, adding a caption along with the video while posting it is not as attractive. This is because the chance of a viewer actually reading the caption underneath is minimal. Whereas, if the caption is put into the video with an attractive font and a suitable size, a viewer will most likely read it. Hence, using texts and adding them into your videos is important! While adding text make sure that the size of the font is about perfect, the text must not cover up the actual content.


7. Usage of fonts

What's pleasing to the eyes is generally bound to gain a higher reach. TikTok offers several text fonts that a user can choose from. From bold fonts to cursive ones, there is a huge library of them. Exploring different text fonts and choosing the font that seems the most attractive is a very resourceful hack while editing videos. By using attractive fonts, the viewership of your videos is bound to go up. For using different fonts, head to the text section.


8. Use filters and effects

If you make dance content or simply content that features you, then using filters is a must. Filters simply make your video highly attractive without doing much. They are very simple to use and TikTok offers a wide range of filters. You have a catalog of filters to choose from. These filters enhance your natural beauty as well and at the same time also make your video more pleasing to the eyes.


Key Takeaways from This Episode

So as we see we've gained a sizeable amount of knowledge about TikTok videos. We learned in detail about

Different TikTok video editing apps, their pros, and cons, pricing (if any)

How to use TikTok inbuilt editing tools efficiently for editing TikTok videos

The different hacks for editing TikTok videos and making them more attractive

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