Video Editing

How to Make Apps Like Tiktok with Video Editor Effects SDK Banuba

Followed by the Tiktok ban in India, businesses are actively investing in video editing app development.

Many companies want to clone TikTok  effects and features to quickly engage users and inspire user-generated content sharing.

But making such an app is a time- and cost-consuming initiative. Instead, you can integrate ready-made SDKs.

So, this post will share the 8 must-have effects for your TikTok-like app that are available in our Video Editing SDK out of the box.


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TikTok users produce and share content way more willingly while the old-school social media platforms like Facebook have been seeing a 29.49 percent decrease in user original content.

Much of that success TikTok owes to its video editor which offers amazing opportunities for users to create professional short videos and share them with the community. 

Users enjoy creating video content – it’s all about fun and popularity. When considering how to build an app like TikTok, one can start with the video editor functionality.

About Banuba Video Editor SDK

Banuba’s Video Editing SDK is the ultimate solution for mobile platforms. It allows developers to create a video-sharing app with both basic features (video uploading, trimming, etc.) and advanced TikTok-like functionalities. Users can apply filters to recorded videos in a post-processing mode or in real-time, add music and create stories.

See an example of clips you can create with features essential for video editing app development.

AR Video Editing

Our Video Editor SDK can help you boosts user-generated content in your app providing your users with a creative suite of video editing tools. It engages users in the creative process and lets them self-express by making professional social videos without time-consuming editing.

In addition, it drastically decreases your TikTok app development cost and the associated risks. An SDK license is far cheaper than developing similar functionality from scratch.

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8 Must-Have Video Editing Effects for Your TikTok-Like App

Video effects

Video Editing SDK: Video Filters Demo

Video filters are post-processing effects that users apply to the recorded videos. It can be visual and color transformation effects like in TikTok e.g. Rave, Cathode, Flash, Soul, Zoom, and others.

This is the number one tool to inspire creativity and self-expression in users. Enabled with just a tap-hold, they are fun and easy to use turning any video into a studio-like clip.

Color Filters

Video Editing SDK: Color Filters Demo

Color filters (LUT) allow users to apply the color correction to the entire screen within a video, choosing from a predefined set of Instagram-like filters. Users can browse filters via UI control, i.e navigation bar for selecting a color filter.

Initially photo effects, LUT filters can now be easily integrated into video editing apps like Tiktok. With a tap, users can recolor their videos into black-and-white, add neon light or pretend them to be recorded on the retro camera, so videos come out more interesting.

Time effects

Video Editing SDK: Slow-mo and Rapid Demo

Time filters include Slowmo and Rapid effects. Users can increase the video recording speed up to 3x or decrease it by 0.5x of the normal speed (Slowmo). Time filters can be applied to any part of the video allowing creators to emphasize the moment.

Face AR Effects

Video Editing SDK: Face Filters Demo

Banuba Video Editor SDK includes a host of effects: 3D masks, rapid/slo-mo, color filters, virtual backgrounds, face touch-up, and plenty more. They work as is and don't require any other software.

However, Video Editor SDK is designed to work with prerecorded videos. If you need effects applied to a live streaming session or create a new clip with filters already applied, you'll need to also integrate Banuba Face AR SDK.

Features you can use for video editing app development:

  • Beauty effects
  • Realistic try-on of makeup, jewelry, glasses, hats, etc.
  • Morphing effects, animal filters, famous characters, etc
  • Background changer as part of face filters or separate effect
  • 2D/3D stickers based on face
  • 3D animation.

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Text and Gif Overlay

Video Editor SDK: Text and GIF Demo

GIF and Text overlay features enable users to edit their videos with GIF images and text. Users can add multiple objects, scale and rotate them, adjust their duration using the timeline, and adjust their position on the screen by simple dragging.

Trimming and Merging

Video Editing SDK: Trimming Demo

Another essential feature of any video editing app like Tiktok is trimming. With this, users cut the beginning and/or end of the video to create short videos tweaked for social media. Users can:

  • Cut the video (beginning or end)
  • Cut multiple videos within one timeline
  • Merge video pieces into one clip.

Voice-to-Video Audio Editor 

The Audio Editor feature offers powerful functionality for audio processing. Users can record video with audio, mix the video with a music track selected from the list, or record and add their voice to the video. 

The audio timeline can contain multiple audio tracks. The user arranges the relative position, beginning of the tracks, and effect by dragging them against the thumbnail timeline by grad and drop.

Slideshow (Stories)

Video Editor SDK: Slideshow Demo

The Slideshow feature allows users to make an animated video clip (Story) from photos or videos uploaded from the gallery. Multiple pictures are opened from phone’s memory or cloud and converted into a video clip.

Video Editor SDK generates a video file using these pictures. Each picture is displayed as a still frame for a predefined duration. Users can add text annotations, comments, GIFs, or music to the Slideshow video.


This is how you can quickly add a video editor to your iOS or Android project and save months on app development. Banuba offers a 14-day trial period where you can freely test all the available functionality and decide whether you want to go ahead with Video Editor SDK.

1. Token

The first step is to request a trial token. It is simple: just send us a message.

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2. Integration

Banuba Video Editor SDK uses CocoaPods and Maven packages to speed up integration. You can follow easy instructions on our GitHub page and install everything in just a few lines of code. 


Summing up

Building a video editing functionality from scratch is a time- and cost-consuming initiative. Instead, you can simply integrate ready-made video editor SDKs like Banuba.

It can help you quickly develop an app like TikTok providing video and audio editing modules and a collection of visual filters and effects.

So, we hope our list of the top 8 editing effects will help you combine a proper feature set for your TikTok-like app.

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