How to use transitions to make your TikTok videos more interesting

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If you’re the creator of TikTok, you know how fast those minutes of video can fly. One way to tell a story is to use transitions between clips.

While TikTok offers a handful of designs which resemble slide show transitions, these do not seem to be very popular. Instead, many users opt for manual transitions that use video editing and recording tricks to get their videos moving from one clip to another. Some of these transitions are relatively simple and require only a couple of steps, while others require little planning.

However, all transitions serve a purpose, that is, to move the video forward and keep pace with either the music or what the person is saying. Transitions can also be used to reveal something new, such as a change in appearance, or to indicate that the speaker is moving to the next topic.

Here’s how to make a simple TikTok transition:

  • Hold the phone with one hand.
  • Turn the camera so that it is in selfie mode.
  • Hold down the save button.
  • Say or do what you want to say or do.
  • When you have finished talking, cover the camera of your phone with your free hand.
  • Stop recording.
  • Set the next shot by moving elsewhere or preparing to start talking again.
  • Continue to turn on the camera to start recording again.
  • When you start talking, move your hand away from the camera.
  • Finish the clip and stop recording.
  • Repeat the clip on the next screen to make sure the transition looks smooth.
  • Either keep recording the video or publish!

If you need an example, I will use this transition method below:

Once you have learned the basics, you can start experimenting. Making the transitions convincing really comes from the placement and timing of the camera. Some combinations require that your phone, your body, or both stay in the same place for each frame. Other transitions, especially with objects or body movements, need proper timing when editing clips. Matching the previous movement to the next part makes the transition seamless.

Here is an example of a more complex transition and a visual explanation of how the creator did it:

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