Do you have a viral-worthy video that needs to be seen on TikTok, but it’s too long or has unnecessary material? Thankfully, there are editing tools to capture that viral moment.

TikTok videos can be up to 60 seconds long, and shorter content is ideally 15 seconds. Technically, you can trim and post a video that is as short as one second. Videos of this duration resemble a GIF because of the quick replay time.

Trimming a video ensures you stay within these limits. This simple edit can remove awkward silences at the start of a video or when you're rushing to press "stop" at the end.

In this article, I’m showing you how to trim videos on TikTok in three different ways to capture that perfect moment.

How to Trim Videos Filmed in TikTok

The simplest way to record and edit a TikTok video is to stay within the app. You can film multiple times and make simple edits without the hassle of switching between several platforms.

  • When you're finished recording a video, press the Red Checkmark to start editing.
  • Tap Adjust Clips in the top right corner to open the timeline.

  • Use the sliders to trim the ends of a video. If you have multiple clips, tap on one and use the same method to adjust the length. Long press on a clip to rearrange the order.
  • When you have the desired video, press Save then Next. From here, you can add a description, hashtags, and edit who can watch, comment, duet, and stitch your video. Tap Post to publish or Drafts to revisit later.

How to Trim Videos from the Photos App in TikTok

Chances are, over the years, you've collected priceless videos on your phone that need debuting on TikTok. Let's go over how to trim videos from the Photos app in TikTok.

  • Tap the plus icon, then Upload to select videos from your camera roll, then tap Next.
  • Use the red sliders to trim the ends. If you have more than one video to edit, tap Next, then Default to trim your videos.

  • Tap Next to add music, effects, text, filters, or a voiceover.
  • Tap Next again to be taken to the final screen. Add a description and hashtags, then tap Post or Drafts.


How to Trim and Split a Video in Kapwing and upload to TikTok

While TikTok has handy editing tools, it's missing a few key features. You can't split a video into two parts. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to trim and split a video with Kapwing, an online video editor for precise edits.  

  • On your desktop or mobile device, open Kapwing Studio. Set the aspect ratio to 9:16 for TikTok, then click Upload to add videos. Kapwing has a 250MB file upload limit.

  • Click Timeline, then drag the ends of a video to trim. You can drag and drop clips to rearrange the order, then click play to review the video.

  • To split a clip into two parts, drag the white cursor to the desired position and click Split above the timeline. You can trim, move, and delete each clip.

You don't have to stop there! Add trendy music, gifs, a voiceover, and animated text in Kapwing to create the perfect TikTok video. When you're finished making edits, click Done and Export Video to begin processing. Click Download then upload to TikTok to publish the final results!

I hope this article cleared up how to trim videos on TikTok for an easy editing process while introducing you to Kapwing! For more content subscribe to Kapwing App on YouTube and follow us on Twitter at @KapwingApp. Feel free to tag us on social media so we can see what you make!

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