TikTok has now become a global sensation, providing millions of people with a platform to create and grow their careers from scratch. This is the platform that has revolutionized the short-form video content scene, paving the way for interesting and bite-sized content to watch on the go.
If you are new to Tiktok, chances are that you are recording your video in your device’s camera and then uploading the same to your Tiktok app. However, understanding how to add videos to your Tiktok app is essential if you wish to let your creativity go wild.
This article will explore a step-by-step guide from recording to publishing your first Tiktok video without any hindrances along the way.
Step 1 – Capturing the video
The first and potentially the most important factor to keep in mind when it comes to Tiktok is to record the perfect video. If you are recording the video in your camera instead of directly recording it via the Tiktok app, it means that you first have to familiarize yourself with TikTok’s video length limitations.
While recording, ensure that you are optimizing the lighting and the resolution quality of the video. Lack of sufficient lighting in the area of your recording will lead to the final product looking grainy and very pixelated, which is the last thing you want.
Step 2 – Importing the video from your camera roll
Once you have sorted the first step of recording the video, the next thing you need to do is import the video from your camera roll to the Tiktok app. That is the main objective of this article.
So, how do you import the video? The steps are pretty simple.
- Open the Tiktok app and open the page where you create new videos on the app.
- Within the video creation interface, you’ll find various options such as “Record,” “Upload,” and “Live.” Choose the “Upload” option to import your pre-recorded video from your device’s gallery.
- From there, you’d have to select the video that you wish to upload and then click on Next.
This will redirect you to the editing portal, where you get access to all the relevant tools that you need to edit your video from scratch.
Step 3 – Editing and enhancing the video
If you have created a good video to be uploaded in its raw format, you can go ahead and upload it straight away by following the steps mentioned. However, given that Tiktok is all about the video’s catchiness, it isn’t surprising that you’d want to edit and enhance it.
The first step of editing is to trim and adjust the video length if it is longer than what it is intended to be. Besides trimming, another editing feature that you can utilize maximally is using the filters and the effects.
Given there are several filters and effects available, you can pick the one that best align with your video’s mood. Also, during the editing process is when you need to add captions and highlight any key pointers that should be visible in the video.
Step 4 – Integrating music and sound
Unless your video is a talking video and you don’t want to add external music, the next step is to find trending music and add it to your video. TikTok has an extensive music library, with special emphasis on trending songs.
The significance of using these trending tunes is that they enhance your account’s or video’s visibility, enhancing the chances of you going viral. Choosing the right sound for your video is crucial if you want to enhance the mood of the video, and hold the attention of your audience.
Also, if there is a need to sync the video, that’s another extra step you’d have to go into editing your Tiktok video before publishing it.
Step 5 – Preview and fine-tune
This is pretty much the penultimate step before you finally publish the video. What you need to do is check and preview the video. Cross-check the subtitles and the text you have added to the video. This is where you might have to pay close attention to the video processing.
If something in the video isn’t to your liking, this is the step where you do the final edits, check the video from start to finish, and adjust things that you aren’t a big fan of before you are ready to publish the video.
Also, when checking the final edit, ensure that the entire video is coherent. Sometimes, the video and the audio aren’t in sync, which can make the whole thing sound and look very odd.
Step 6 – Final touches and publishing
Once your video is ready to be posted, the last step before tapping on the final publish button is to write an engaging description. Always align your description with words that are relevant to the video. Instead of focusing on including random hashtags, focus on creating an engaging video description.
The next step is to find relevant and popular hashtags. Utilize hashtags strategically to increase the discoverability of your video. It is very easy to put random hashtags in your video’s description thinking that it will make your video go viral.
While that might work for one or two videos, it isn’t a sustainable approach to marketing your video to the target audience. In addition to hashtags, consider tagging relevant accounts or creators in your video description. This might sound redundant but it helps once in a while. However, don’t try to over-impose and drive people insane.
That pretty much concludes all that you needed to know about uploading a video to TikTok after recording it. The steps aren’t as complicated, provided that you are following them as they are mentioned. Also, uploading a Tiktok video is more than creating and publishing. There is a lot more than goes into the process of creating the next viral and engaging video that could bring thousands and thousands of followers back to your account.