Filming TikTok Video


The in-app editor is great but it will only take you so far. Fortunately it’s easier than ever before to make professional quality videos. It’s perfectly possible to get professional looking video footage using a phone and good natural light.


You don’t have to record TikTok videos using the in-app editor. If you have a modern DSLR camera at home, or can borrow one, then this will give a sharper more professional image. If you only have your smartphone then there are 3rd party applications such as “open camera” and “filmic pro” which will give you many more options and control.

When filming on a 3rd party application or DSLR camera it’s important to note that TikTok videos are viewed vertically at a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.

Full Specs:

Max Length15 seconds, up to four 15s clips can be combined to a 60s story.
Dimensions1080 x 1920 pixels
Video must cover entire canvas
File TypeMP4 or MOV – H.264 encoded
Max File Size287mb on iOS and 72mb on Android

On most phones, setting to record in HD or 1080p and filming upright will be fine. It’s worth importing a test video before you spend too much time recording to make sure everything works as expected.

Shaky handheld recording can work well in some cases but keeping the camera still often works better. Smooth movements using a fluid-head tripod, gimbal or slider can add a very professional effect to your videos.

Smartphones can be mounted on inexpensive mounts and gorillapod type stands. These setups provide a versatile way to fix your phone in a multitude of situations by standing them on or attaching them to different objects.

When filming consider using a grid or composing your shots to take into account the rule of 3rds. By splitting your screen into a grid of 9 equally sized rectangles. Align objects of interest at the intersections between the lines. A horizon can be placed on the horizontal lines.

By taking a little extra time thinking about the composition of your shots you can make a more visually appealing video.