For video content creators, access to a safe, intuitive-to-use, and powerful video editor is a must.
CapCut has picked up a lot of media attention recently as TikTok’s ‘official’ video editor, but that doesn’t mean you’re confined to using just that to create great videos for the platform. Today we take a look at CapCut, as well as some fabulous alternatives for video shorts editing.
What Is CapCut?
CapCut claims itself as a free all-in-one video editing app specifically created with TikTok in mind. Confusingly, it was released to Chinese users as Jianying. This association with TikTok has stuck in young creators’ minds, and it even reached the Top 10 list of Most Downloaded Non-Video Game Apps for 2019.
It does have a lot going for it. The editor is free to download and does go a little beyond the basic features. So alongside basic editing and adding text/stickers/colors/filters and music, you can also leverage keyframe animation, add picture-in-picture effects, and camera stabilization to improve lower-quality footage. There’s also a slow-motion effect filter that works rather well.
What likely appeals to creators most, however, is that it has a massive music library combined within the app. Some of these songs are TikTok exclusives, particularly those used in the many challenges the platform has become notorious for.
Combined with an easy-to-use interface, it’s a pretty powerful free video editor for new content creators, so it is easy to see why it has become popular. However, it’s far from the only option open to you- especially if you prefer to edit on the PC rather than do everything natively on your mobile. After all, even the top-end mobile suites simply can’t process as well or as fast as high-end PCs can.
If you prefer to skip the touch screen fumbling and slow response times of a mobile device, here are some convenient, powerful video editor alternatives to CapCut you can try.
HitFilm is also free, and it is immensely powerful in the right hands. In addition to all the editing standards, you also have access to titling, compositing, and a variety of 3D tools all in one. It also has a far superior library of effects that can be intuitively added and is a must-have if you prefer a cinematic aesthetic for your videos.
It’s a nice and compact app to crop, splice, and cut, and covers all the standard basics. You can also add voiceovers or background music, and use some voice changers if you’d prefer to stay private. You can also speed up, slow, and reverse clips, but it doesn’t handle 4k video.
LumaFusion brings you green screen capability alongside some other nice effects. Its Lock and Load Stabilizer is also very nice, and the audio tuning is pretty sophisticated. It is only available for Apple devices, however.
As TikTok becomes a critical brand awareness tool, having a powerful video editor that can help you create compelling and professional video shorts is a must. Luckily, you’re not confined to just CapCut and can leverage many other powerful video editors to achieve the perfect look for your social media videos.