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The Best TikTok Video Editing Apps

Amaara Dhanji
Written By
Amaara Dhanji
Published On
Jul 07, 2021
Girl filming TikTok video with ring light

With over 2 billion downloads worldwide as of August 2020, TikTok is now the world’s 7th most used social platform. Featuring short-form videos that range from dance challenges, cleaning hacks, trending recipes, or just hilarious memes, TikTok has become a place for anyone to create content. To ensure content on the platform stays fresh, supporting creators is a big part of TikTok’s strategy. They’ve even set up a creator portal with many resources. 

Of course, becoming a creator on TikTok means becoming familiar with video editing tools. There are so many platforms out there that range from simple tap and drop formats, to more robust platforms that even seasoned videographers use. To make it a bit easier, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite video editing apps – take a look below! 


iMovie editor interface Photo via Apple App Store

iMovie is no stranger to being a good, basic video editor. An easy drag and drop video editor, you can achieve other effects outside of the TikTok platform like split screens. You can easily split and trim video clips, change their speed, and add some text with basic animations. Once you’re done editing, you can also export the video directly into TikTok to continue there! 

Available on: iOS, macOS


  • It’s free!
  • Simple and easy to use user interface, with a good help section
  • Free audio library with audio effects


  • Not available on Android
  • Doesn’t have advanced editing features
  • Can’t upload your own music to the platform


PicPlayPost Editing interface Photo via Apple App Store

Potentially even simpler than iMovie, PicPlayPost is a great app for easily resizing videos for multiple platforms. You can add custom text and a couple of stickers, but the app does have a paywall to unlock all of its features. We recommend this if you want to create content for more than just TikTok, or have a video you want to resize for TikTok! 

Available on: iOS, Android


  • Simple and easy to use
  • Can add custom text and effects


  • Paywall for all features
  • Free version has ads
  • Can only upload your own music from Apple music


VSCO editing interface Photo via Apple App Store

VSCO used to be one of the most popular apps for photo editing when posting for the #gram was at its peak. In more recent updates, they’ve unrolled great video editing features, while still keeping true to their aesthetic-first branding. VSCO itself is a social platform, so you can share your edits with other users! 

Available on: iOS, Android


  • Elegant editing platform that allows you to get more granular with colouring
  • Ability to share content to the VSCO platform audience
  • Customizable video presets 


  • You are required to create a free account to leverage editing features
  • There is a monthly subscription for pro features. 


Zoomerang editing interface Photo via Google Play store

Zoomerang is a great app for beginners who want tutorials when it comes to making TikTok videos. The app comes equipped with a wide range of editing tools, filters, and effects, outside of letting you snip videos together. 

Available on: iOS, Android


  • Good tutorials for beginners of popular TikTok videos and how to make them yourself
  • Wide range of editing tools 
  • Ability to connect TikTok account and easily share to it


  • Free version has ads
  • Premium version has a paywall 
  • Minimum features without premium

Adobe Premiere Rush

Adobe Premiere Rush editing interface Photo via Apple App Store

Familiar to Adobe users, Premiere Rush is a powerful video editing tool with robust capabilities. If you’re a beginner, this might have a bit of a learning curve, but the interface is easy to understand and Adobe has great tutorials. 

Available on: iOS, Android


  • Works well for Adobe users who already pay for a Creative Cloud subscription
  • Easy enough video editing interface for beginners, but robust for experienced editors
  • Share videos directly to TikTok


  • Does have a paywall for premium features
  • Can only export 3 videos/month with free version of app

TikTok Platform

Of course, we had to mention the TikTok in-app editor. While it may not be the most robust editor for intense transitions and effects, it is a great place to start with ample effects, filters, text and GIF options. You can either upload previously recorded content and create a video, or film directly on the app itself. This is a great place to start for beginners! 

Available on: iOS, Android


  • All your content is in one space
  • Large TikTok music library
  • If you film on the TikTok app, you can go back to your drafts to continue editing over time
  • You can also upload videos and create TikToks 
  • Many fun filters and transitions that can only be used when filming on the app


  • Can’t get as granular with editing already filmed content
  • If you are uploading videos, you can’t edit the completed TikTok after going to the text add stage (Note: you can do this if you film directly on the app itself)
  • No advanced editing transitions 

As you can see, there are a ton of different video editing apps out there. While each one isn’t perfect, levering this list is a great way to start! You’ll find that editing videos for TikTok can take place on multiple apps depending on the video you’re trying to create. Good luck and hopefully see you on our FYP!

Looking for a digital marketing agency that can help promote your brand using TikTok? The Influence Agency is your answer! Contact us today to find out more about our TikTok marketing services.


  • Amaara Dhanji is a Social Media Manager at TIA, and loves all things creative. Outside of work, you can find her trying a new restaurant, thrifting, making DIY home decor, or thinking about dogs. You can follow her @amaaradhanji

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  • Amaara Dhanji is a Social Media Manager at TIA, and loves all things creative. Outside of work, you can find her trying a new restaurant, thrifting, making DIY home decor, or thinking about dogs. You can follow her @amaaradhanji

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