Create Your First TikTok Video

Amanda Johnson

Writer, Vitalcy

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Now that we’ve gotten a chance to get more acquainted with the platform, let’s make our very own TikTok!

Before we get started, we should decide on what kind of video we want to make. You can choose to upload a video from your camera roll if you like, but let’s start from scratch and make a new one together.

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If you are having trouble coming up with a good idea, just brainstorm and think about the things you enjoy most to find inspiration. I love hot sauce! So for this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a bottle of hot sauce dance with the “Stop Motion” effect. As the name implies, we are going to animate an object with TikTok’s version of stop motion film-making.

First, open up your TikTok app and click on the “+” button on the bottom of your screen. This will open up a new page to start creating the TikTok video.

There are several buttons on the right and bottom of the screen that can be used to make your video. For now, we are only going to focus on two of them. If your camera view is facing you (meaning you see your face on the screen), we want to switch that around.

Click on the “Flip” button that is located in the top right of the screen. That button toggles between the front and back-facing cameras on your mobile device.

Before we start recording, we need to select the effect that will help us make the TikTok video. Click on the “Effects” button at the bottom left corner, then swipe left from the word “Trending” until you see “Interactive.” Click on “Interactive,” and then scroll through the square icons until you see the “Stop Motion” icon. You’ll know you selected the correct animation tool when you see a banana going in circles in the background with some instructions.

To make the “Effects” menu disappear, just click anywhere on the screen above the bottom menu. Poof! It’s gone.

We are going to follow those instructions to make the stop motion video. Let’s set the stage and get all the props ready to be used. I would also suggest keeping your phone in the same position by propping it up with something or using a tripod. I don’t have a tripod, so I improvised and propped my phone inside of a plastic container. Look ma, no hands!

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Now, hit the big “Start” button.

I hope you like Mr. Sauce’s silly arms.

We are going to tap the screen to add several still frame images to our video. The more times you tap, the longer the view of that shot will be. I started out by tapping only twice, then I adjusted the arms on the hot sauce slightly, and tapped twice again.

As you tap through, the number of frames and the seconds will start to go up at the top to show the current progress. After repeating this process multiple times and you are satisfied with the length, tap on the big, red record button on the bottom.

TikTok is going to record all of the still frame images that were captured and put it all together into one video. The length of the video will depend on two things: the time frame selected at the bottom (60 or 15 seconds), and how many still frames were captured. My video is 13 seconds long.

Now, we should be on the next editing page. If you don’t see a new set of buttons and tools, then click on the red check mark to access more tools.

On this page, we will remove the original sound and then add our own. To do this, click on the “Sounds” button, then click “Volume,” and move the original sound meter down to 0. Next, click on “Added sound,” click on the “More” button, and then type in “Bamboleo” in the search bar.

Tap on the first result, and it will start playing. To use it with our video, click on the red check mark. If you prefer to use a different sound clip, you can choose one of the recommended sounds, scroll through the “Discover” section, or search for a different audio clip by typing in a song name.

Once that is all set, click “Next.” From here, you can add a caption, hashtags and if desired, mention other TikTokers to enhance the video. If you click on the “Select cover” button on the thumbnail picture, you can add text and select part of the video to be the preview from your account page.

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In the middle section, you can add a link from inside TikTok, decide which settings to toggle on or off depending on how you want other people to be able to react to your post, and decide if you would like to save the TikTok video to your device once it is posted.

On the very bottom, we can choose to share the post to other applications automatically, save the video to “Drafts,” or finally, “Post” our TikTok. Let’s post!

Here is a quick breakdown of the steps we took to make the TikTok:

  • Click on the “+” button at the bottom of the screen.
  • Add the “Stop Motion” effect.
  • Record your video and make sure not to run out of time!
  • Click the red check-mark button on the bottom of the screen.
  • Edit the video with the bottom and right-side buttons.
  • Click “Next.”
  • Caption the video and adjust viewer and response settings before posting.
  • Click “Post” and watch your new TikTok come to life!

Now get out there and have fun creating content that inspires and entertains you! Happy TikToking!

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Amanda Johnson

Amanda is a contributing writer at Vitalcy, where she also serves as a software engineer. She combines her writing prowess with her up close and personal view of technology and social media.

Originally from Glen Cove, NY, her interests include technology, graphic design, photography, fitness, and plants. A hot sauce enthusiast, she spends her free time walking her dog, Georgia Peaches.