Unless you make a dedicated effort to avoid social media, chances are that by now, you’ve at least heard of the newest social media app, TikTok. If you haven’t, or if you are a little hazy on the details, TikTok is a mobile app that lets you create and share short videos. You can add pre-recorded sounds from the app or use your own. Perfect for doing a little song and dance and sharing it with your friends.
But that’s just the basics. Take a deeper dive into the TikTok platform and you’ll find that it’s actually a useful asset for business and brands, including personal brands. With over 1 billion downloads and 800 million monthly active users, TikTok is undoubtedly an insanely popular app with the ability to reach millions. The built-in video editing software that comes with TikTok is actually quite impressive, but it definitely leaves a little bit to be desired. If you’re looking to take these little videos to the next level, you may find that alternative TikTok based video editors are hard to come by and even harder to use.
Well, we’ve done that hard work you for, or at least some of it. You’ll still have to actually edit the videos yourself. But, we’ve compiled a list of helpful attributes to look for in a TikTok video editor and made some suggestions based on these findings. This is by no means a fully comprehensive list. TikTok is relatively new to the scene and additional video editing software geared towards the platform is bound to pop up, so think of this as a guideline to finding the best video editing software for your purposes.
Online vs App TikTok Video Editors
If you’ve been scouring the web for TikTok video editors, you’ve likely found that they’re available almost exclusively online and in-app form. With each different type offering its own benefits.
Online editors work well for those looking to edit TikToks in a professional capacity for a business or corporation. Looking at a project on a computer provides more screen room, making the editing process much easier. You can clearly see exactly what you’re working on and all the tools you need are available on a single dashboard. Working online also makes for easy sharing in case you need corporate approval or are collaborating with another business, brand, or person. There is a downside to the online editors, however. The first being that there are fewer options to choose from. TikTok is native to mobile applications, and as a result, so are the majority of its compatible video editors. Additionally, online editors require a computer and internet access to use (duh), which means that they are not ideal for someone on the go.
Enter, the app editors. Choose the right Tik Tok video-editing app, and you’ll find the same capabilities and impressive editing capacity that you’d get from a more traditional video-editing software. The biggest benefit to downloading an app editor instead of using an online video editor is that portability. Everything you need to create a professional, polished final product is in the palm of your hand. Video editor apps are perfect for anyone who travels frequently or whose job has them constantly on-the-go. They may more tricky to navigate, but once you’ve familiarized yourself with the app, you’ll be able to create, edit, and upload a video wherever you are, as long as you have a signal.
Free vs. Paid
Like most software these days, TikTok video editors are available in both free and paid versions. The free video editors get the job done and not much more. If you want to showcase small clips of your personal videography to build your brand or simply for fun, these are likely the best option for you. And, if you decide you need a little something more, chances are you can easily upgrade to a paid version. Though the downside of paying for something may seem like it makes downloading the free option a no-brainer, take a second to consider the benefits of using a paid version. If you’ll be using your videos in a professional capacity, we suggest opting for the paid versions. Not only will you not have to deal with ads but paying for an app or an online software grants you access to its full capabilities and often provides more sharing, uploading, and downloading options.
Our Favorite Tik Tok Video Editors
Online – VEED
With both paid and free plans, this online Tik video editor is perfect for everyone. It provides a full slate of editing capabilities along with an easy to use platform that makes video editing a cinch.
With a built-in music library, over 3 million stock video clips, and 25 million stock photos, and the ability to customize fonts and colors, Magisto is perfect for businesses and brands of all sizes. It allows in-app purchases, but the download is free.
Find it on Google Play here and the App Store here.
Designed by TikTok’s creators, this app is free to download with the potential of in-app purchases. It supports HD video imports and exports and offers easy ways to add text and effects to your videos. You’ll find raving reviews about just how easy it is to use and how high-quality the videos are.