How To Edit Videos On TikTok
Video Editing in TikTok: Huge Creative Potential for Making Professional Quality Videos
Once you record a video, you have many options for manipulating the video on TikTok to create cinematic effects. At first, you may not connect with the huge value this can bring in terms of creating content for a niche website, or as an influencer online, or on behalf of your business.
Eventually, though, once you get familiar with TikTok's editing features, you'll soon realize that there is massive creative potential living in this little bitty app.
Let's take a quick overview of the different video editing options that are available. The easiest way for you to explore these for yourself is to take a quick video. After recording, you'll get the option to edit before uploading.
Time to tinker.
Get to know each editing feature. Press each button located in the right sidebar and across the bottom of your screen, to see what it does.
So you've recorded a video and now you're ready to edit. Click the check mark at the bottom of the video that you just recorded. This will take you to the editing area. Start at the top right.
The filter feature is pretty straightforward. This changes the lighting and color of your video. You'll see a wide array of choices. Scroll through your options by running your finger to the left, across the bottom. You'll even see filters that enhance the appearance of food and product videos, or still life shots you have set to video.
After you've explored the filters, hit the back arrow which is top left. You'll return to the list of video editing features. The next one in the list is "adjust clips." This will only work if you've done a stop/start several times over the course of a single recording, i.e. if you've recorded in clips.
To cut the beginning or end of a specific clip, click on that clip and then move the red bar to trim.
The blacked-out part is the section of the video that will be cut.
The red is what you're trying to save and use.
The thin white line is the spot where you want to press play from, so you know what you're saving versus which part of the video you're eliminating.
You can move the white line before pressing play, to test your video while still in editing clips mode. This way, you don't have to view the entire video each time you make a change.
Once you're through editing a single clip, press the checkmark to save the edited version of that clip. If you mess up and want to start over, press the refresh button. To trash an entire clip, touch the trash can icon while actively editing that clip. When finished, click the checkmark. You'll return to the prior screen where you can choose to edit or delete a different clip if you like.
Voice effects provide a good dose of amusement and add creative flair to your TikTok videos. If you've recorded yourself speaking, you can change how your voice sounds.
Click that option in the right sidebar and a list of choices opens up. The current (2021) voice options are None, Chipmunk, Baritone, Mic, Megaphone, Robot, LowBatt, Vibrato, Electronic, Echo, Synth, Helium, and Giant.
Not only will these likely provide some comedic value, but they're also useful if you're making a mini movie of sorts where you need different voices for different characters that either you or a recording partner are playing. The voice effects feature can also serve as a way to disguise your own voice if you prefer not to reveal what you actually sound like on the internet.
Additionally, if you find that for whatever reason, your real voice doesn't carry well in your videos, you might try the megaphone effect and turn up the volume on that sound, to improve clarity on the audio.
The Voice Over feature in TikTok is what you might expect. You've recorded a video, now you want to create an announcement effect that overrides other sounds that might have occurred while you were recording.
So let's say you took a video of your dog barking, but now you want to cancel out the sound of the barking. You plan to do a voice-over which introduces a product that stops dogs from barking incessantly.
To do this from the video editing screen, first you'd click on the Voiceover feature. You're taken to a screen where you can still play the original video, but now you get to long-tap or press hold on a white record button that will allow you to record your voice as an overlay to the original audio.
You'll also notice while in this setting that you can either check or uncheck the option to keep original sound.
After you save your voiceover, you'll get the option to adjust the volume on both the original sound if you opted to keep it, and the volume on the voiceover or Added Sound. So if you want to have the barking be more of a faint background noise while the announcer talks about the product, adjust the video to achieve this, using the described features.
Next down from the top right is the Captions feature. This is a quick and easy way to turn your spoken words that you uttered when you recorded your video into captioned text.
Unfortunately, the current captions feature doesn't give the option to relocate placement of the captions as they come up on the screen. So the captions could end up covering the speaker's face, or blocking an important part of the video.
The best way to know if you're going to be happy with the end result of using the captions feature is to try it out. Then you can either save the captioned video, or hit the back key and cancel your captions.
The Trim feature gives you the option to cut off the beginning or end of a single video recording that you made. However, if you've recorded your video as clips that stop and start, this feature won't be available. Instead, use the Adjust Clips feature.
You get two options to alter the volume of your recorded audio on TikTok videos that you create. One, you can raise or lower the original sound. And two, you can raise or lower any sound that you added.
So for example, if you recorded yourself speaking and you also want to add background music, then you can add music by choosing a song from the TikTok sound library.
Then you can click the volume button and raise the volume on the original sound, so that your voice is audible. Lower the volume on the Added Sound, so that the song doesn't overpower the sound of your spoken words.
Or, if you originally recorded yourself singing but now you want to remove the sound of your voice but still have the actual song that you added play, you can do that by turning the volume of the original sound (your voice) all the way down, then turning the volume of your added sound (the song you chose), all the way up.
Speaking of sounds, let's talk about the Sound feature all the way to the bottom right of the screen. Click on that. You get the option to choose from a library of sounds.
These are commercial sounds, sourced from amateur musicians who have uploaded their audio recordings to TikTok with permission for users to add the sounds to the videos they share on the TikTok platform.
You might learn that a song you wanted for your video is unavailable. This is because the song may not have been licensed for commercial use, therefore the song is not listed in the library of choices.
Categories of sounds in the TikTok library range from "TikTop" popular trending songs, to Electronic, Vlog, Happy, On the Road, Cute, Hip-hop, Chill, Pop, Fashion, Gaming, Instrumental and more.
So for example, if you had uploaded a video of baby geese, you might click Sound and then explore whatever sound are listed under the Happy category. There, you might find an uplifting tune that seems to fit with geese marching along.
To the right of the sound feature you'll find Effects. This is one of the most fun ways to manipulate your TikTok video. Click the word and you will be taken to a menu of choices.
The first tab under Effects is Visual.
As of 2021 the choices in visual video effects that you can use to make changes to your videos include Smoke, Flower, Smog, Bling, Old TV, Film, which is basically a black and white movie, Water, Rainbow, Heart, Butterfly, 70s Movie, and too many more to list here.
To apply a special effect of this kind to your video, take a look at the video as it plays on the screen above. As the video plays, hold down your finger for however long you'd like the effect to apply.
So if you want to make it look like it's snowing for the entire video, you would just keep your finger down on the snow button. Or if you want it to rain gold flecks for just the end, then you could hold your finger down at the end of your video, with Gold selected. When finished, click Save. Whatever effects you applied will take effect.
Please note that you can switch between visual effects for the duration of the video. So you could have hearts coming down the first two seconds, then change it to a 70s movie screen which lasts for a total of one second, then make it look like the video was filmed underwater for 3 seconds, and so forth.
If you don't care for how your effects came out, you can press cancel. TikTok will ask if you would like to discard the effects that you used. Indicate that you do, and you will be returned to the prior screen.
The next tab under Effects is simply called effects which doesn't really make sense considering the logical hierarchy of the tabs... but that's what it's called. A few popular choices have been made available under this tab.
One, you can change the view to nine small screens instead of one, giving a sort of retro feel.
Next effect is Blackout Eyes, similar to a creepy alien look or the ways that the robot eyes looked in the Stepford Wives movie. After that, you get the option to change color contact lenses.
Select this effect and the eye color will change from blue to green to gold to purple with each blink.
You'll also find a Long Face option which distorts the faces in the video to look like Shrek. And finally, the last option is a horizontal three bar split screen.
Looking to reverse the video recording, repeat a section on a loop or do a slow motion?
You'll find that option under the Time tab in Effects. Like the other options, you can either save or discard any changes you've made and return to the prior screen using the back arrow.
Want to add a title or written explanation to your video?
Would you like to add simple steps that viewers can read from the screen?
This is accomplished using Tiktok's text feature. It's the third option along the bottom and all you have to do is click on Text. The app will bring up a cursor for you to start typing or dictating.
Once you have typed a line of words, such as a title for your video, you can do things like change the font, change colors, change the alignment from left to right to middle and back again, and you can even apply different styles.
To change the style of your text, repeatedly click the letter A inside the box. Doing this will toggle through how the text looks, in terms of whether it is plain, outlined, placed in an opaque box or a translucent box.
Adding multiple lines of text:
What if you want more than one line of text to come up on a video?
You can do that as well.
After you're finished typing and styling your text, click the top right. Now you can move that line of text into any position that you want with a simple finger drag.
To delete a line of text, drag it up to the top of the screen. A trash can will appear. When the trash can highlights red, the line of text disappears.
Add another line of text by clicking the text button again and repeating the same set of actions.
You can also do things like have a single line of text appear for a short amount of time within the video. Let's say that your video features typed-out song lyrics. You want the lyrics to show up in time with the actual song that's playing.
Let's say the lyric you want to type is Go, and it only is uttered for a second. Type the word "go" and style it as you wish. Then click on the line of text that you just styled. One of the options that comes up will be duration. If you click on that, you'll be taken to a screen which allows you to change the amount of time that this particular line of text remains visible while the video plays.
If you have more than one line of text showing up at certain intervals in the video and then disappearing, you will be able to see those right in the edit text screen, because the video plays as you're editing the duration of a single line. You can time your current line of text with any other lines of text that you have changed to a shorter duration in the video.
As you become more familiar with these and other features, you'll be able to quickly edit TikTok videos to your exact creative plan.
What Recording Effects Can You Apply in TikTok?
Some effects, you can edit in after recording a video on TikTok. Others, you can pre-set to happen while you're recording. What type of effects can you apply as you're recording? Let's cover that in some amount of detail here.
Time lapse/slow mo.
One thing you may wonder about is how people do a time lapse or slow-motion in their TikTok videos. These features are especially useful if you're recording yourself preparing food for a recipe. Or, maybe you're showing your audience how to pot a plant, and you want to speed through some parts of the process.
To explore the various TikTok time lapse features, press the + sign to start recording a video. Look to the top right. The second option down from the top is Speed. This allows you to control how quickly the video records. Set it to a low speed, and your video will record in slow motion. Set it to a high speed, and your video will do a fast forward type of recording.
You can set a beauty filter before recording your TikTok video. This basically gives a smoother facial skin tone to help wrinkles, blemishes and other skin imperfections become less visible. While some people rely solely on the beauty filter, others feel that it distorts the truth of how they actually look in person.
In the recording screen you can also apply the same light filters that we explored under the visual effects tab.
Finally, you can do a countdown timer which means you'll get extra seconds to get yourself situated prior to starting your video recording.