September 13, 2023

How to edit TikTok videos: 6 easy tips for success

Get more TikTok views by learning how to create and edit TikTok videos like a pro—from experimenting with trends to mastering cuts.
September 13, 2023

How to edit TikTok videos: 6 easy tips for success

Get more TikTok views by learning how to create and edit TikTok videos like a pro—from experimenting with trends to mastering cuts.
September 13, 2023
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There’s more to editing your TikTok videos than slapping on a filter. You need to focus on crafting a compelling story that holds your audience's attention from start to finish—a task that’s hard to achieve when users give just three seconds of their attention before deciding whether to swipe away. 

This guide shares exactly how to edit TikTok videos that stop people from scrolling past your content in their feed. We’ll share some time-honored tips to transform your editing skills and elevate your TikTok videos from amateur to professional.

How to film TikTok videos

Creating a standout TikTok video isn't a matter of luck—it's a process. Follow these steps to ensure your videos keep viewers hooked. 

1. Choose your content niche

Instead of being a jack-of-all-trades, specialize. Pick a TikTok content niche you're passionate about—whether it's creating funny video clips, vlogs, stunning makeup transformations, or cooking pantry recipes. 

Choosing a niche makes content creation easier, but it’ll also attract a like-minded audience. People know exactly what to expect when they land on your profile. 

If you’re unsure on which types of TikTok videos you could create, research popular creators in your niche to identify what works. 

From your TikTok dashboard, click on the search bar and enter a few keywords to check trending creators in your niche. Adjust the results settings at the top of your screen to see trending videos for the month, week, or year. You’ll see a list of the most viewed videos in that niche—TikTok content ideas you can reverse engineer for your own account. 

Finding content ideas on TikTok

2. Plan your TikTok videos in advance

When creating TikTok videos, a lot of the heavy lifting happens before you hit the record button. The camera position, video length, and topic should all be clear in your mind before sitting down to start filming. 

A storyboard can help visualize your video's flow and spot any gaps that could lose your audience’s attention. Sketch each individual clip you plan to shoot in order—it can help throughout the TikTok editing process since each video clip is already in the right order. There is no need to reshuffle each clip.

3. Set up your equipment

You don’t need fancy video equipment to start creating TikTok videos. 

Modern smartphones have incredible cameras that allow you to start filming high-quality videos from home. Plus, with the Studio Sound feature inside Descript, you can get studio-quality audio without investing thousands into an external microphone. 

Keep your toolstack simple. Use books, a table, or other surfaces to stabilize your phone. Take advantage of natural lighting by filming near a window. And make sure your camera lens is clean. (There’s nothing worse than seeing a greasy halo that you can’t remove, no matter how great your editing skills are.) 

Once you’re in position, test different angles and lighting setups before committing to your set up. It’ll take the pressure off when recording your actual footage since you’ll have a few practice rounds under your belt. 

4. Engage with trends and challenges

TikTok runs on relatability, trends, and competitions. Participate in popular challenges or use trending sounds to make your video more discoverable. For example, you could use TikTok stickers, transitions, hashtags, overlays, and video effects tools to stay up to date with what’s popular on the platform.

Some trends may not be relevant to your topics, so add your own flair to them by relating them to your niche. Here’s an idea from @chooseyoursocial, a TikTok video creator who talks about trending videos in her own content:

5. Experiment with different video styles

There’s a fine line between confusing and engaging your audience when deviating from your TikTok niche. You want followers to instantly recognize your content, but not for your videos to become so predictable that they become boring to watch. 

Experiment with different video formats like duets, tutorials, trending transitions, or video editing styles to keep your content fresh and engaging. TikTok live streams can also help you build a closer relationship with your audience since they can engage with you in real-time.

Regardless of what TikTok videos you’re creating, monitor audience reactions to different video styles and adjust your strategy accordingly. TikTok provides audience metrics so you know who your audience is and what they like. To find them:

  1. Head to your TikTok profile
  2. Tap the three dots
  3. Choose Creator tools 
  4. Select Analytics

Image of TikTok analytics
TikTok

How to edit your TikTok videos and clips

Editing TikTok videos is the final step in the production process—but one of the most important. You can have the best video in the world, but if the editing style causes you to lose a viewer’s attention, there’s a slim chance that they’ll make it to the end. 

1. Maintain good video quality

The TikTok editing process starts with high-quality raw footage. No amount of editing can fix a blurry or pixelated video. Use a smartphone with a good camera (such as an iPhone) or a DSLR (if you have the budget to invest) to record your TikTok videos.

The same concept applies to your video editing tool of choice. Some platforms compress TikTok videos so that when you upload them to your profile, they lose quality—even if it was recorded on a fancy camera. Descript, however, maintains the fidelity of your uploaded videos, preventing quality loss during editing.

2. Use TikTok’s editing tools

TikTok's tools are basic, but they're helpful for quick edits. Get familiar with them to crop, add text, add filters, clip scenes, or rearrange your clips. TikTok's Effect House, for example, can help you use augmented reality to add special effects to your content. 

Image of TikTok’s Effect House
Source:

3. Trim and cut your TikTok video

TikTokers value their time. If your video has a long intro, cut it to get to the action faster. Better yet, cut it out completely. Remove extra video sections so only the most engaging content remains.

Take your TikTok video editing process to the next level by investing in a professional tool like Descript. You’ll be able to trim and cut videos right from the transcript, fix mistakes with an AI clone of your voice, and use templates to make sure your TikTok videos are the right size and orientation.

4. Maintain a consistent style

Your videos should look consistent, so use similar filters, fonts, and transitions. If you use a vintage filter in one video, consider using it in others for consistency. It’s a way to “own” that filter and make it yours. 

As you get more comfortable editing, tools like Descript save your favorite settings as a template for future videos. 

5. Add smooth transitions and background effects

Transitions are a way of segueing from one clip to another. While some creators overlook transitions, they can make or break your video. Too many harsh transitions can be hard to follow; overly fancy transitions can distract viewers from the content you’re presenting. 

Experiment with TikTok transitions to move viewers from one scene to another smoothly. For example, you could use a "fade" transition to move from an outdoor to an indoor scene in a trending reel. Or, if you’re teaching people how to apply their makeup in a step-by-step tutorial, use a visual effect to zoom into the eye when applying mascara.

6. Keep color correction and grading in mind

Colors play a major role in setting the mood of your video. Make sure they’re consistent and true to life. 

For example, if your video looks too yellow, you can adjust the color balance to fit your TikTok aesthetic. Descript's color correction tools allow you to adjust hues, saturation, and brightness, giving you better correction capabilities throughout the TikTok editing process.

Image of Descript’s color correction tools in dashboard

Can you edit TikTok videos after publishing them?

TikTok's current features don't allow you to edit TikTok videos or any of its subtitles or stickers once you posted. But don’t fret—you're not stuck if you want to make changes. You can download your TikTok video, delete it from your account, and then upload a revised version. 

Another strategy is to create a follow-up video. Rather than deleting the video you posted, create a new post to clarify your previous video. 

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned influencer, consider different editing tools to adjust clips, add sound effects, or even popular green screen effects. It’s a great way to “template” your video-making workflow and edit TikTok videos faster.  

Adding and editing TikTok captions

Captions are more than an afterthought—they're a crucial part of your TikTok videos. A well-crafted caption amplifies your message, engages your audience, and boosts your video's discoverability. Here’s how to write and edit captions on TikTok. 

1. Use clear and concise language

The best TikTok captions are clear. Get straight to the point with clear and simple language. For example, instead of writing, "I learned this super cool and awesome skateboarding trick, you should watch it," as your TikTok caption, write "Watch this skateboarding trick” with a finger pointing upwards emoji. 

The same concept applies to any text you’re using in the video itself. If it helps, add a voiceover to your finished video so it’s easier to follow. Better yet, add subtitles for users who are hearing impaired or who are watching on mute.  

2. Highlight key points

Your caption should highlight the most important part of your video. Make it compelling and add the keyword you want to appear for when users search for hashtags. 

For instance, if your video is a vegan burger tutorial, caption it with “The best vegan burger in under three minutes.” It’s short, to the point, and tells users exactly what to expect before investing more time into watching your TikTok video.

3. Choose readable fonts and colors

Make your TikTok videos more accessible by making text easy to read. Stick to fonts and colors that stand out against your video background. Contrasting colors work best—such as white text with a black outline for dark backgrounds, and black text with a thicker font for lighter backgrounds.

The great thing about TikTok is you can play around with different font and color combinations until you land on something that works. Fitness creator James Smith, for example, uses white text with a black border that stands out on any background:

4. Edit for grammar and spelling

A typo or grammatical error can distract TikTok users from watching your video. Double-check your captions before posting—like ensuring you're using "your" and "you're" correctly. A mistake can be a glaring distraction and take attention away from your video (not to mention get you annoying comments). 

5. Use hashtags and mentions

Hashtags and mentions have the potential to make your video discoverable. They increase the odds of your TikTok videos appearing in the search results for related hashtags. And, if you’re tagging another TikTok account that has a large audience, there’s a chance your content will be reposted (or stitched)—helping you reach their audience, too. 

Let’s say your video is about fitness. Use relevant hashtags like #FitnessGoals or #WorkoutRoutine. Then mention any brands or influencers you're featuring, like @Nike.

How to add audio and music inside the TikTok app

Adding the right audio or music makes a difference in your video by taking it from good to unforgettable. Follow these steps to add trending sounds or music to your TikTok videos.

1. Select or search for music

The first step in adding TikTok music is choosing the right track. Tap the Sounds option at the bottom of the TikTok editing screen to browse TikTok's extensive music library. Or, find what’s trending by heading to TikTok’s Trend Discovery page. You can preview different sounds by tapping on them. 

For example, if you're making a workout video, search for high-energy tracks using keywords like "workout" or "upbeat." (Remember that TikTok videos are more visible to users when they contain trending sounds.)

2. Trim and edit the audio

After selecting a track, trim it to fit your video's length. Use the slider to choose which part of the song you want to include. If the chorus is the most exciting part of the song, use the slider to start the audio clip there and align it with the part of your TikTok video that works best.

3. Sync the music with your video

The key to adding TikTok music is to choose a sound that complements the video, not that detracts from it. Sync key moments in your video with peaks or drops in the music. If you reveal a final product in a DIY video, for example, time it with a musical climax for added impact.

Here’s a simple example from Manchester City:

4. Add additional audio effects

Add audio effects like voiceovers or sound effects for an extra layer of sophistication. For example, in a cooking video, you could add the “sizzle” sound effect when frying something. 

If you’re using Descript’s TikTok video editor, you can search for background music without leaving the editing dashboard. Just head to the music tab to find sound effects and royalty-free music you can use for TikTok videos. 

Adding sound effects from Descript’s music library

3 best TikTok video editing apps

An editing app gives you the creative freedom and advanced features that TikTok’s in-app editor can't match. Check out three of the best third-party apps to edit your TikTok videos. 

Descript

Collage of user editing a video in Descript

Descript allows creators to edit video and audio in a single dashboard, all by editing the text of the transcript. It’s easy to split clips, save your work, and create templates to create your next video easily. With its vast editing tools, you can create voiceover clips, trending edits, vlogs, intros and outros, and tutorials from your Mac or Windows device

Amongst Descript’s standout features include:

  • Text-based editing tools so you can trim video clips from a transcription
  • Built-in tools to add music, shapes, and text to your TikTok videos
  • Remove filler words like “uh” and “um” in one click 
  • Green screen features to show yourself over an exciting background
  • Includes AI-powered text-to-speech features like Overdub, which creates a clone of your voice to fix audio mistakes 

CapCut

Image of CapCut dashboard

CapCut is a user-friendly video editor perfect for beginners and experienced editors. The cool thing about CapCut is its built-in TikTok video trends—creating popular videos can be as easy as plug-and-play. 

The best CapCut features include:

  • A wide range of free music, filters, and special effects for your TikTok videos
  • Multi-layer editing options, giving you more creative control
  • Templates to create engaging TikTok videos in record time  

While user-friendly, CapCut may lack some advanced features professional editors seek. Exporting videos in high resolution can also come at an additional cost.

InShot

InShot homepage

InShot is a powerful video editing app that allows you to edit TikTok videos on the fly using your Android or iOS device. You can trim videos, cut or delete middle parts, and split content into various segments. There's also a library of music, transition effects, emojis, and filters to make your videos engaging. 

InShot is a good option that offers:

  • A straightforward editing dashboard that's easy to navigate
  • Various filters and speed controls for more dynamic TikTok videos
  • The option to merge several clips 

That said, the free version of InShot will add watermarks to your videos. Some premium features, like certain transitions and effects, also require a paid subscription.

Take your TikTok editing skills to the next level with Descript

If you want to master TikTok video editing and stand out on social media platforms, Descript is a video editing software that can help. You can adjust clips and save templates to produce consistent, engaging video content that the algorithm (and people) notice. 

Thousands of TikTok users already rely on Descript to edit TikTok videos. If you’re ready to join them, take a tour of Descript today.

Image of video editing function in Descript

How to edit TikTok videos FAQ

How do I edit a TikTok video I already posted?

You can't edit a TikTok video after posting it. The best option is to save the video, delete it from your account, and re-upload a revised version.

How do I edit a TikTok video from my gallery?

To edit a video from your gallery, upload it to TikTok and use the in-app editing tools. You could also import it into a video editing app like Descript for more advanced editing features.

How do I add music to my TikTok video?

  1. Tap the "+" button for the Shoot Mode to activate your phone camera
  2. At the top of your screen, select "Sounds"
  3. Browse through the sound library until you find the ideal track
  4. Tap on the desired sound 
  5. Select the check mark symbol to confirm your selection
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Vivian is a content marketer who loves writing, creativity, and is obsessed with the art of storytelling. Her free time is taken up by learning golf, reading books, and touching grass.
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How to edit TikTok videos: 6 easy tips for success

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There’s more to editing your TikTok videos than slapping on a filter. You need to focus on crafting a compelling story that holds your audience's attention from start to finish—a task that’s hard to achieve when users give just three seconds of their attention before deciding whether to swipe away. 

This guide shares exactly how to edit TikTok videos that stop people from scrolling past your content in their feed. We’ll share some time-honored tips to transform your editing skills and elevate your TikTok videos from amateur to professional.

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How to film TikTok videos

Creating a standout TikTok video isn't a matter of luck—it's a process. Follow these steps to ensure your videos keep viewers hooked. 

1. Choose your content niche

Instead of being a jack-of-all-trades, specialize. Pick a TikTok content niche you're passionate about—whether it's creating funny video clips, vlogs, stunning makeup transformations, or cooking pantry recipes. 

Choosing a niche makes content creation easier, but it’ll also attract a like-minded audience. People know exactly what to expect when they land on your profile. 

If you’re unsure on which types of TikTok videos you could create, research popular creators in your niche to identify what works. 

From your TikTok dashboard, click on the search bar and enter a few keywords to check trending creators in your niche. Adjust the results settings at the top of your screen to see trending videos for the month, week, or year. You’ll see a list of the most viewed videos in that niche—TikTok content ideas you can reverse engineer for your own account. 

Finding content ideas on TikTok

2. Plan your TikTok videos in advance

When creating TikTok videos, a lot of the heavy lifting happens before you hit the record button. The camera position, video length, and topic should all be clear in your mind before sitting down to start filming. 

A storyboard can help visualize your video's flow and spot any gaps that could lose your audience’s attention. Sketch each individual clip you plan to shoot in order—it can help throughout the TikTok editing process since each video clip is already in the right order. There is no need to reshuffle each clip.

3. Set up your equipment

You don’t need fancy video equipment to start creating TikTok videos. 

Modern smartphones have incredible cameras that allow you to start filming high-quality videos from home. Plus, with the Studio Sound feature inside Descript, you can get studio-quality audio without investing thousands into an external microphone. 

Keep your toolstack simple. Use books, a table, or other surfaces to stabilize your phone. Take advantage of natural lighting by filming near a window. And make sure your camera lens is clean. (There’s nothing worse than seeing a greasy halo that you can’t remove, no matter how great your editing skills are.) 

Once you’re in position, test different angles and lighting setups before committing to your set up. It’ll take the pressure off when recording your actual footage since you’ll have a few practice rounds under your belt. 

4. Engage with trends and challenges

TikTok runs on relatability, trends, and competitions. Participate in popular challenges or use trending sounds to make your video more discoverable. For example, you could use TikTok stickers, transitions, hashtags, overlays, and video effects tools to stay up to date with what’s popular on the platform.

Some trends may not be relevant to your topics, so add your own flair to them by relating them to your niche. Here’s an idea from @chooseyoursocial, a TikTok video creator who talks about trending videos in her own content:

5. Experiment with different video styles

There’s a fine line between confusing and engaging your audience when deviating from your TikTok niche. You want followers to instantly recognize your content, but not for your videos to become so predictable that they become boring to watch. 

Experiment with different video formats like duets, tutorials, trending transitions, or video editing styles to keep your content fresh and engaging. TikTok live streams can also help you build a closer relationship with your audience since they can engage with you in real-time.

Regardless of what TikTok videos you’re creating, monitor audience reactions to different video styles and adjust your strategy accordingly. TikTok provides audience metrics so you know who your audience is and what they like. To find them:

  1. Head to your TikTok profile
  2. Tap the three dots
  3. Choose Creator tools 
  4. Select Analytics

Image of TikTok analytics
TikTok

How to edit your TikTok videos and clips

Editing TikTok videos is the final step in the production process—but one of the most important. You can have the best video in the world, but if the editing style causes you to lose a viewer’s attention, there’s a slim chance that they’ll make it to the end. 

1. Maintain good video quality

The TikTok editing process starts with high-quality raw footage. No amount of editing can fix a blurry or pixelated video. Use a smartphone with a good camera (such as an iPhone) or a DSLR (if you have the budget to invest) to record your TikTok videos.

The same concept applies to your video editing tool of choice. Some platforms compress TikTok videos so that when you upload them to your profile, they lose quality—even if it was recorded on a fancy camera. Descript, however, maintains the fidelity of your uploaded videos, preventing quality loss during editing.

2. Use TikTok’s editing tools

TikTok's tools are basic, but they're helpful for quick edits. Get familiar with them to crop, add text, add filters, clip scenes, or rearrange your clips. TikTok's Effect House, for example, can help you use augmented reality to add special effects to your content. 

Image of TikTok’s Effect House
Source:

3. Trim and cut your TikTok video

TikTokers value their time. If your video has a long intro, cut it to get to the action faster. Better yet, cut it out completely. Remove extra video sections so only the most engaging content remains.

Take your TikTok video editing process to the next level by investing in a professional tool like Descript. You’ll be able to trim and cut videos right from the transcript, fix mistakes with an AI clone of your voice, and use templates to make sure your TikTok videos are the right size and orientation.

4. Maintain a consistent style

Your videos should look consistent, so use similar filters, fonts, and transitions. If you use a vintage filter in one video, consider using it in others for consistency. It’s a way to “own” that filter and make it yours. 

As you get more comfortable editing, tools like Descript save your favorite settings as a template for future videos. 

5. Add smooth transitions and background effects

Transitions are a way of segueing from one clip to another. While some creators overlook transitions, they can make or break your video. Too many harsh transitions can be hard to follow; overly fancy transitions can distract viewers from the content you’re presenting. 

Experiment with TikTok transitions to move viewers from one scene to another smoothly. For example, you could use a "fade" transition to move from an outdoor to an indoor scene in a trending reel. Or, if you’re teaching people how to apply their makeup in a step-by-step tutorial, use a visual effect to zoom into the eye when applying mascara.

6. Keep color correction and grading in mind

Colors play a major role in setting the mood of your video. Make sure they’re consistent and true to life. 

For example, if your video looks too yellow, you can adjust the color balance to fit your TikTok aesthetic. Descript's color correction tools allow you to adjust hues, saturation, and brightness, giving you better correction capabilities throughout the TikTok editing process.

Image of Descript’s color correction tools in dashboard

Can you edit TikTok videos after publishing them?

TikTok's current features don't allow you to edit TikTok videos or any of its subtitles or stickers once you posted. But don’t fret—you're not stuck if you want to make changes. You can download your TikTok video, delete it from your account, and then upload a revised version. 

Another strategy is to create a follow-up video. Rather than deleting the video you posted, create a new post to clarify your previous video. 

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned influencer, consider different editing tools to adjust clips, add sound effects, or even popular green screen effects. It’s a great way to “template” your video-making workflow and edit TikTok videos faster.  

Adding and editing TikTok captions

Captions are more than an afterthought—they're a crucial part of your TikTok videos. A well-crafted caption amplifies your message, engages your audience, and boosts your video's discoverability. Here’s how to write and edit captions on TikTok. 

1. Use clear and concise language

The best TikTok captions are clear. Get straight to the point with clear and simple language. For example, instead of writing, "I learned this super cool and awesome skateboarding trick, you should watch it," as your TikTok caption, write "Watch this skateboarding trick” with a finger pointing upwards emoji. 

The same concept applies to any text you’re using in the video itself. If it helps, add a voiceover to your finished video so it’s easier to follow. Better yet, add subtitles for users who are hearing impaired or who are watching on mute.  

2. Highlight key points

Your caption should highlight the most important part of your video. Make it compelling and add the keyword you want to appear for when users search for hashtags. 

For instance, if your video is a vegan burger tutorial, caption it with “The best vegan burger in under three minutes.” It’s short, to the point, and tells users exactly what to expect before investing more time into watching your TikTok video.

3. Choose readable fonts and colors

Make your TikTok videos more accessible by making text easy to read. Stick to fonts and colors that stand out against your video background. Contrasting colors work best—such as white text with a black outline for dark backgrounds, and black text with a thicker font for lighter backgrounds.

The great thing about TikTok is you can play around with different font and color combinations until you land on something that works. Fitness creator James Smith, for example, uses white text with a black border that stands out on any background:

4. Edit for grammar and spelling

A typo or grammatical error can distract TikTok users from watching your video. Double-check your captions before posting—like ensuring you're using "your" and "you're" correctly. A mistake can be a glaring distraction and take attention away from your video (not to mention get you annoying comments). 

5. Use hashtags and mentions

Hashtags and mentions have the potential to make your video discoverable. They increase the odds of your TikTok videos appearing in the search results for related hashtags. And, if you’re tagging another TikTok account that has a large audience, there’s a chance your content will be reposted (or stitched)—helping you reach their audience, too. 

Let’s say your video is about fitness. Use relevant hashtags like #FitnessGoals or #WorkoutRoutine. Then mention any brands or influencers you're featuring, like @Nike.

How to add audio and music inside the TikTok app

Adding the right audio or music makes a difference in your video by taking it from good to unforgettable. Follow these steps to add trending sounds or music to your TikTok videos.

1. Select or search for music

The first step in adding TikTok music is choosing the right track. Tap the Sounds option at the bottom of the TikTok editing screen to browse TikTok's extensive music library. Or, find what’s trending by heading to TikTok’s Trend Discovery page. You can preview different sounds by tapping on them. 

For example, if you're making a workout video, search for high-energy tracks using keywords like "workout" or "upbeat." (Remember that TikTok videos are more visible to users when they contain trending sounds.)

2. Trim and edit the audio

After selecting a track, trim it to fit your video's length. Use the slider to choose which part of the song you want to include. If the chorus is the most exciting part of the song, use the slider to start the audio clip there and align it with the part of your TikTok video that works best.

3. Sync the music with your video

The key to adding TikTok music is to choose a sound that complements the video, not that detracts from it. Sync key moments in your video with peaks or drops in the music. If you reveal a final product in a DIY video, for example, time it with a musical climax for added impact.

Here’s a simple example from Manchester City:

4. Add additional audio effects

Add audio effects like voiceovers or sound effects for an extra layer of sophistication. For example, in a cooking video, you could add the “sizzle” sound effect when frying something. 

If you’re using Descript’s TikTok video editor, you can search for background music without leaving the editing dashboard. Just head to the music tab to find sound effects and royalty-free music you can use for TikTok videos. 

Adding sound effects from Descript’s music library

3 best TikTok video editing apps

An editing app gives you the creative freedom and advanced features that TikTok’s in-app editor can't match. Check out three of the best third-party apps to edit your TikTok videos. 

Descript

Collage of user editing a video in Descript

Descript allows creators to edit video and audio in a single dashboard, all by editing the text of the transcript. It’s easy to split clips, save your work, and create templates to create your next video easily. With its vast editing tools, you can create voiceover clips, trending edits, vlogs, intros and outros, and tutorials from your Mac or Windows device

Amongst Descript’s standout features include:

  • Text-based editing tools so you can trim video clips from a transcription
  • Built-in tools to add music, shapes, and text to your TikTok videos
  • Remove filler words like “uh” and “um” in one click 
  • Green screen features to show yourself over an exciting background
  • Includes AI-powered text-to-speech features like Overdub, which creates a clone of your voice to fix audio mistakes 

CapCut

Image of CapCut dashboard

CapCut is a user-friendly video editor perfect for beginners and experienced editors. The cool thing about CapCut is its built-in TikTok video trends—creating popular videos can be as easy as plug-and-play. 

The best CapCut features include:

  • A wide range of free music, filters, and special effects for your TikTok videos
  • Multi-layer editing options, giving you more creative control
  • Templates to create engaging TikTok videos in record time  

While user-friendly, CapCut may lack some advanced features professional editors seek. Exporting videos in high resolution can also come at an additional cost.

InShot

InShot homepage

InShot is a powerful video editing app that allows you to edit TikTok videos on the fly using your Android or iOS device. You can trim videos, cut or delete middle parts, and split content into various segments. There's also a library of music, transition effects, emojis, and filters to make your videos engaging. 

InShot is a good option that offers:

  • A straightforward editing dashboard that's easy to navigate
  • Various filters and speed controls for more dynamic TikTok videos
  • The option to merge several clips 

That said, the free version of InShot will add watermarks to your videos. Some premium features, like certain transitions and effects, also require a paid subscription.

Take your TikTok editing skills to the next level with Descript

If you want to master TikTok video editing and stand out on social media platforms, Descript is a video editing software that can help. You can adjust clips and save templates to produce consistent, engaging video content that the algorithm (and people) notice. 

Thousands of TikTok users already rely on Descript to edit TikTok videos. If you’re ready to join them, take a tour of Descript today.

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How to edit TikTok videos FAQ

How do I edit a TikTok video I already posted?

You can't edit a TikTok video after posting it. The best option is to save the video, delete it from your account, and re-upload a revised version.

How do I edit a TikTok video from my gallery?

To edit a video from your gallery, upload it to TikTok and use the in-app editing tools. You could also import it into a video editing app like Descript for more advanced editing features.

How do I add music to my TikTok video?

  1. Tap the "+" button for the Shoot Mode to activate your phone camera
  2. At the top of your screen, select "Sounds"
  3. Browse through the sound library until you find the ideal track
  4. Tap on the desired sound 
  5. Select the check mark symbol to confirm your selection

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