Creating Your First TikTok Video

In September 2016, Tik Tok, operated by a Chinese corporation ByteDance, was released in China as DouYin and then introduced to the overseas market as TikTok one year later. Tik Tok has been pushing a short video viewing and making trend among the youngsters ever since it was launched. The figures show that 500 million youngsters are now fascinated with watching Tik Tok for 15 seconds.

Even if you just want to have fun or gain attention, Tik Tok is the right place to go, with massive fans. Here we’ll teach you how to use Tik Tok, how to make a video on Tik Tok.

1. Learn about TikTok Interface

Of nearly 1 billion monthly active users, TikTok has seen tremendous growth over the last 12 months. This gives businesses a fantastic opportunity to get on the platform and meet a brand-new audience.

Let’s begin with a walkthrough of the interface for those who are new to TikTok. When you open the app, there are two feeds that you can see side by side. The first feed is named For You, which is like the Wild West — you don’t have an idea what you’ll see.

Many users on the For You website spend 75 per cent of their time. A perfect contrast is that this is somewhere between the Instagram Explore page and the news feed for Facebook. Here you will see a wide range of content, some of which is tailored to you and some of which TikTok is testing their algorithm. The feed will contain great content, brand new content, and content that could be viral in the near future.

Learn about TikTok Interface

Just note that the more time you spend on TikTok, the more your For You profile will be personalized to you, your interests, and what you enjoy engaging with.

Your Following Feed is next to the For You tab. Here, you can only see the material of TikTok accounts that you have chosen to follow.

A great way to get started with TikTok is to follow a brand, company, and influencer accounts in a similar niche, but that doesn’t necessarily compete.

get started with TikTok

2. Record Your First TikTok Video

Look at the upper side of the screen for the plus button? Keep going, tap to get your first TikTok video started.

Record Your First TikTok Video

TikTok lets you record videos in 15 or 60 seconds. You make your selection to the recording screen at the bottom.

Although you can shoot up to 60-second videos, don’t start there. Start with 15 seconds and get the hang of shortening videos before you go on shooting longer ones.

hang of shortening videos

Choose recording features

You’ll see a lot of cool features on the recording screen enabling you to record and edit inside the TikTok app. Let’s continue with the features you see along the screen’s right side, beginning from the top.

Flip functionality is the first choice. As you might have guessed, it lets you switch cameras on your phone between the front and back.

Next up is speed, which allows you to control the final playback speed of your images. When you record a video at 3X speed, it will actually record a lot slower but playback three times faster. If you capture at 0.3X, it records very quickly, then in the final playback speed, everything slows down. As you could expect, you can play at various speeds with a lot of fun.

Choose recording features

Everybody’s best friend is the makeup filter. When you allow it, fine lines from your face can be eliminated. However, a word of caution: this movie will create an unnatural look in the wrong lighting. That is why I take as much as possible of the Beauty filter off.

Filters are the fourth choice. It’s too much fun to play with. Filters for your skin, architecture and landscapes, food and vibes are available. You can also mix and match filters to make your video look exclusive.

architecture and landscapes

Whether you want to look at your TikTok videos consistently will depend on your label. Nevertheless, I am of the mindset to build a unique look for each video, based on what suits the content best and will catch the attention of the audience.

The Timer has numerous uses for recording a TikTok video. It helps you to record hands-free in the first place, which is awesome. Decide if you need to set up your shot with a 3-second or 10-second head start or move to a different position in the shot. The clock starts running when you press Start Countdown so put the phone down, place yourself in the shot and wait for the recording to begin.

recording a TikTok video

As mentioned, you can also use the Timer with effects.

Adding visual effects

There are consequences where a lot of the magic of TikTok takes place. They make it easy to be innovative with cool stuff.

Tap a tray with a number of selected effects, when you press the effects icon left of the red record button. Let’s look at some of your options quickly.

Green Screen is one of the most common effects. You can add different backgrounds to your video with this effect. You can make it look like you are in a city in Europe, or turn it into a backdrop for yourself. It’s so cool?

Adding visual effects

The shaking effect is a perfect way to underline a moment’s tension and anxiety.

Where are we without the clones, of course? Imagine the fun you would have with yourself behind you with five clones, who assist you with every pass.

underline a moment’s tension and anxiety

Tips:Keep in mind you don’t have to apply the effect to all of your video. Multiple effects can be used on the same video. The 3-second multifunctional Timer helps you to monitor that.

Start with your first effect selection. To show you how long you want the effect to be used, tap the Timer and drag the thin red circle. Tap Start Countdown and record the first part of the video once you have done.

Once you have recorded the first section, switch effects to the next part and repeat the cycle.

recorded the first section

Choose Music and Audio Clips

You’ll see the Sounds choice right at the very top of the page. Tap this icon to add music to your video, or an audio file. 

Choose Music and Audio Clips

You can scan for sounds in the Sounds library, browse through the playlists, and select from the music recommended by TikTok. 

Sounds library

Another alternative when you record your video is to record your audio. To do so, when recording, tap and hold down the big red button. If you publish your video, it will turn your audio into a published sound for anyone to use inside the app.

Using text to add to your narrative

You can add text and stickers when revising your TikTok video in playback mode. Some effects may also be applied but not as many as in pre-production.

A text overlay could add to your TikTok video narrative. Yet note that, with the sound on, most people watch 61 minutes a day. Simply add a little extra savour to the letter.

Using text to add to your narrative

Tap the Text icon at the bottom of the screen to add text to your video, and type your text on the screen. If you then click off the text you have added, you can either pinch it to resize it or drag it to another part of the screen.

Tap to pick the text to alter the typeface, and choose Edit from the pop-up menu.

pop-up menu

You can now select from several different styles, or choose one of the bubbles to change the text colour.

several different styles

Tapping the A icon allows you to bold the text on a busy background, which will help it show up better.

text on a busy background

3. Finalizing Your Video

When you’re happy with your TikTok photo, click the Next button to switch to the screen where you’re making your message. This is where you add your hashtags and captions and choose a cover pic.

Add a Caption

Your TikTok caption has a 150-character limit which includes any hashtags that you add. The objective is to hold tight on your caption. Add keywords asking TikTok exactly who you will put your video in front of.

Note: Make sure you have your text re-read. Once you have your TikTok video uploaded, you can not go back and change the caption.

Add a Caption

Select hashtags

First, add hashtags, often niched down to maximize discoverability. TikTok auto-populates a bunch of suggestions for hashtags which makes it easier to find hashtags for niches. Fill in a few keywords and see what auto-populates TikTok.

When you start and develop your account first, I suggest that you try to remain in the five- to six-figure hashtag search counts. Do not go into the millions until you have regularly performing videos.

For example, a hashtag with 11,000 views will be ideal for someone who creates a TikTok account from the ground up.

Select hashtags

Choose a Cover

Next, pick a picture for your cover. Use an acting mask to pique the attention of viewers. You want people to say, when they see the thumbnail, “What is that? What’s happening over there? ”

Choose a Cover

4. Post Your Video on TikTok

For instant organic boosting and cross-pollination between platforms, TikTok makes it easy to cross-post your TikTok videos to other social media platforms.

If you scroll down to the bottom of the Post page, the option to share your posted video with your Instagram will appear. You can send the video to Instagram. This can also be shared by text message.

Post Your Video on TikTok

You can either publish it now or save it as a draft when you have finished filling in the information for your post.

Be sure to check your TikTok analytics once you start posting to your account to find out what works and what doesn’t.

Pro Tip: Sharing your published videos with a direct connection on yet more platforms is secure. In the TikTok app, simply select your video and tap the three dots on the right side of the screen. Copy the connection to share it anywhere you want, in the pop-up menu. Also, you can share the video via Instagram Stories, Chat, Facebook, Twitter, email, QR code, etc.

Sharing your published videos

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