Everyone is talking about how hot TikTok is and how everyone needs to join this platform. But how do you actually make your first TikTok video? We will explain it in this article.
Get to Know TikTok
In the past year, TikTok has managed to reach 1 billion monthly active users, meaning that the platform presents a great chance to grow your business with the help of social media.
Let us briefly explain TikTok’s interface for those who have never used it before.
If you open the app, you will see two feed options on the top, namely “Following” and “For You”. The majority of users spend their time scrolling through the For You page. Some of the content on this page will meet your preferences and some of it will just be shown to test TikTok’s algorithms. This will include some videos that might be just about to go viral. The more you use the For You page the more customized to your preferences it will get.
On the Following page, you will see videos posted by accounts you are following. If you want your business to reach a brand-new audience on TikTok, you need to follow the accounts of brands or businesses in the same sphere.
Make Your First Video on TikTok
Click the + button on the bottom of the screen to start making your first TikTok video. Here, you will have three options: 15s, 60s, and 3-minutes.
You can select lots of different features on the recording screen. You will use them to record and edit videos in the TikTok app.
Along the right side of the screen, you will see 5 options. You can switch between the front and back cameras using the Flip option on the very top. The next feature is speed. This option gives you an opportunity to choose the final playback speed of your videos. The next is the best friend of all TikTokers – the Beauty button. If you want to remove pimples or wrinkles or add make up to your face, go for this feature. The next button is the Filters option, which is very similar to the same feature on Instagram and Facebook. Finally, there is a timer icon at the bottom. It will allow you to record hands-free videos. You can decide how much time you need to set up everything. Once you click Start Countdown, put down your phone and get ready for the video to start recording.
To the left of the red Record button, you will find the Effects feature which allows you to produce some cool content on TikTok. Here you can add different backgrounds to videos, use the Shake effect or add a few clones of yourself to the video. You can also choose how long you want to use this effect in the video.
Sound and text
You will find the Sounds button at the top of the screen. However, you can also record a video with your own sound. Once the video is recorded, you can add text and stickers to it. You will also get access to more effects in this section of the app.
Post Your Video on Tiktok
Once the video is done, it’s time to post it. TikTok captions are limited to 150 characters including hashtags. Keep in mind that once you post the video, you won’t be able to edit the caption.
After this, you will have to choose a cover image. Make sure that it can pique the viewers’ interest.
TikTok also allows its users to cross-post their videos to other social media platforms. You will find this option at the bottom of the Post screen.
Now, you can post your first TikTok video.
Can you make money on TikTok?
Yes, you can if you:
- are over 18
- have over 10,000 followers
- have got at least 100,000 video views in the last month
How do you make a TikTok video?
To make a new video on TikTok tap the + button at the bottom of the screen. Choose recording features and visual effects, and start recording your video.