Best Video Editing Apps for TikTok Beginners

A look at the best video editing tools to help you go viral on TikTok and also a look at some popular trends.

TikTok is arguable all the rage these days. Once considered strictly an obscure app for a certain strand of teenage dance fanatics, the popular Chinese social medium is now firmly established in the world of business and many other areas.

In other words, it can’t be ignored. It is even possible to make money on TikTok if you are talented and driven enough. Take note, though: Standing out from the crowd means learning skills that most other TikTokers don’t have.

In particular, you should familiarize yourself with some of the more useful video editing tools out there. Anyone can make a video, but there is a reason certain people rack up millions of followers while others struggle just to get a few hundred. If you really learn to spiff up your video creation, you’ll automatically be at an advantage vis-a-vis the rest. You’ll still have to work hard to gain a following, but the word will spread infinitely faster about you being one to watch.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular programs to edit TikTok videos. What you choose will depend on your desired features, of course, and what you ultimately hope to achieve with your videos. Nonetheless, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself broadly with what’s out there so that you can make an informed decision. 

1. InShot

InShot is an app that allows for basic video editing. With it, you can trim, merge, or change the speed of videos. You can also apply a range of different filters and add visual and audio effects.

You can also import photos from other places and insert them in your videos. Users of popular social media are fond of it for its user-friendliness and wide applicability across platforms.

2. Videoleap

Videoleap also offers a range of basic editing functions that are easy to use for non-professionals. Its popular features include the addition of keyframe animations for editing individual frames within a video sequence. For example, if you want to gradually adjust the color sequence in a given video, you can do this by means of tagging keyframes. 

Another feature of videoleap is its “green screen.” This is a feature that allows you to create an individualized background for your videos. Because of these unique functions, Videoleap has become one of the most popular video editors.

3. Cute Cut

Cute Cut allows for both standard editings, as well as the ability to draw on your videos with a range of different drawing features. It also offers a number of other graphics that you can add. Cute Cut is popular among people wanting to spiff up their videos visually.

4. Canva

Canva offers a number of advanced features that you won’t see in most other programs. For example, it includes quite a few unique visual effects, image enhancers, and a curved text generator. Canva also offers a number of custom TikTok fonts that will make your graphics stand out from among the rest. It has an online video recorder and the ability to convert files to MP4.

5. KineMaster

KineMaster allows for easy cropping, splicing, and combining videos, and it also offers a range of special effects, online text, voiceovers, voice changers, and the addition of music. It is known to be a solid app for beginner editors.

6. Videoshop

In addition to basic editing features, Videoshop also gives users the option to add filters, adjust video length and speed, and allows for the addition of unique special effects such as the “Ken Burns” zooming technique. You can also create what’s known as a “tilt shift” effect that will change the focal plane of a video.


Everyone likes a good GIF. There’s no better way to make your audience laugh or bring home a point with clear visuals. GIFs are actually divided into categories, including replay GIFs, reaction GIFs, technical GIFs, “perfect loop” GIFs, etc. You can find everything from expressions of love to hatred to the utterly ridiculous. If you’re curious about what the most popular GIFs are, just do a search for them. It all depends on where you want to go with any given video.

In order to know what tools to look for, you first have to figure out what you want to create. You can repeat the latest dance crazes, but remember that everyone and their brother will be doing this, as well, so you need to find a way to distinguish yourself.

First, you might want to think about the larger categories and which ones might suit you. Then you can think about refining your technique or adding your own personal flair. If you are a business owner, TikTok can be a great way to advertise business online. You just have to be sure that the types of videos you show are potentially appealing to those in your industry. It wouldn’t hurt to do some research in advance, take a look at your competitors and see what their followers think of them as you’ll likely be targeting the same kind of people.

1. Challenges

One of the interesting features of TikTok are its “challenges.” As the name suggests, these are ideas that TikTokers can take and try to do something interesting with. They can be a fun and challenging way for people to take the same idea and interpret it in their own way.

Some popular challenges include “take a picture of yourself with this item,” “show us your drawers,” and “make someone laugh.” Last year, there was a challenge to take an old VHS tape and convert it. This required the use of a VHS to digital converter, but it became a good incentive for people to preserve what might have otherwise become lost memories as equipment becomes outdated.

2. Transitions

Another defining feature of TikTok videos is “transitioning.” A goal for many TikTokers is to seamlessly merge video components together to make them look natural. Ever seen a TikToker standing in pajamas who suddenly snaps her fingers and immediately appears in a ball gown? It’s not that hard, once you get the hang of it. And if you can figure out clever ways to shift from frame to frame, it will be a tremendous contributor to your overall appeal.

3. Oddly satisfying content

Another clever yet very logical trend that TikTok has brought about is that of the “oddly satisfying.” We all secretly love watching slime get squished, and vegetables getting diced perfectly by Japanese chefs. Woodworkers sanding lumber to perfection. TikTokers incorporate these elements into their videos with the hashtag #oddlysatisfying, and the best ones get many views.

4. Pets

Pets can always be fun to watch, and one of the challenges these days is to capture your pet doing cute or unusual tricks so that you can share them with your audience. With the addition of special effects, you can make it appear as if your dog is talking, walking sideways, or doing other goofy maneuvers. The top-rated pet on TikTok currently is Kody Antle’s tiger of Tiger King fame, which has 21.9 million followers. You don’t have to have a tiger to gain followers, of course, but you do want to find unique ways to share your pet’s talents.

5. Cooking videos

TikTokers who can make cooking look fun are popular on TikTok. Especially if you can show the process of making something really delicious looking and present the finished product in a juicy-looking way, your cooking videos are likely to succeed. Everyone likes a good dish, after all.

6. Lifehacks

Tips on things like easy cleaning and storing methods, clever ways to sew and repurpose clothes, or basically anything that makes life easier can be the basis for a really popular video if it’s done right. If you’re putting together a tutorial, it would be a good idea to check out screen recorders for making tutorials

7. Dancing

Last but not least, there are the dancing videos that brought TikTok to fame in the first place. If you can pick up on a dance craze and give it an interesting twist, or pull it off with a particularly fabulous outfit, hashtag it and your viewership could potentially soar as a result. Don’t be shy about putting yourself out there.


If you want to become a TikTok influencer, you’re going to have to work hard at it. There are a lot of people out there fiendishly studying the trends so that they can win the influencer game. But if you do manage to gain one of these coveted spots, it could lead to a whole new future for you. Just remember to keep on top of the game – keep your eye on what people are looking for, as well as the tools that you’ll need to get there.

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