The Ultimate Step by Step Guide to Uploading Tik Tok Videos from a PC
Tik Tok is growing- FAST.
Once thought to only be for kids, it’s obvious there’s some serious marketing potential.
But shooting videos on your mobile leaves something to be desired…
The editor in the platform also leaves something to be desired.
The Easy Way to Upload Videos To Tik Tok from Your Browser
Go to TikTok.com
Click on “Watch now” in the upper right.
Click on the “Upload Video” button in the upper right
Login by clicking the top option, “Use phone or Email”
*Important – Signing up on desktop takes extra steps. Sign up on your mobile device or use the Android emulator sign up below
Log into your account. If you don’t have an account, Sign Up to Tik Tok on your PC [see the quick guide].
Now you can upload videos straight from your computer into Tik Tok.
You don’t have access to the editor for adding music, gifs, or advanced filters but this will allow you to start posting ASAP.
Going through the TikTok on desktop should drastically reduce the amount of time it takes push out content
How can someone shoot video on a DSLR or Mirrorless camera, edit, and upload it directly to Tik-Tok?
There is a way. It just requires a handful of steps to get there.
Follow the guide below and don’t skip steps.
Vertical video is preferred… we can cover shooting sideways with a DSLR or Mirrorless camera in the future.
This example will be done using a horizontal video. The steps will be the same with vertical video.
Shooting Video for Tik Tok:
Use your Mobile or your favorite camera
I use a Sony A7 III and it’s been an absolute blast for high quality amateur work.
Vertical videos perform the best on Tik Tok. To make use of the entire screen, you’ll need to adjust your video editor settings.
Select the Video editor of your choice.
I use Adobe Premiere. So this guide will go through editing video in Adobe Premiere to Publish on Tik Tok from your PC
Adobe Premiere Rush is a new editing platform that allows you to export directly into the social media platforms. This allows you to skip many of the steps below.
Get Adobe Premiere and Create a new project.
Next, go to File > New > Click Sequence or use the shortcut CTRL + N
Next you’ll see the source presets for your video editing project:
We want to set the resolution for a vertical video.
Click over to “settings” to customize the editing canvas settings.
Click the drop down next to “Editing Mode” (it currently says DV NTSC in my editor)
Select “Custom” at the very top.
Now you can change the inputs get your vertical frame size for edit:
Tik Tok Videos are Vertical. This means you want to publish in a 9:16 ratio. The opposite of what most video editors are used to working with.
Inside of the fields, you’re going to add the following pixel count:
Type in 1080 for the Width
Type in 1920 for the Width
Pixel Aspect Ratio is 1:0
Tik Tok Recommended Aspect Ratio: For the default 9:16/1:1/16:9 aspect ratio, Tik Tok says you can encode at these resolutions:
- 2160p: 2160×3840
- 1440p: 1440×2560
- 1080p: 1080×1920
- 720p: 720×1280
- 480p: 480×854
- 360p: 360×640
- 240p: 240×426
I used 1080p or 1080 x 1920 for my vertical Tik Tok video.
Click “Save the Preset” on the lower left
Name and Save your sequence settings preset, “Tik Tok Video” it so you can start with the right formatting for next time.
Then Click “OK” again to start editing on Adobe Premiere for vertical video
Now it’s time to import your video for editing.
Go to File > Import or just CTRL + I
Select the video you want to use. Even if it wasn’t shot vertically on your cell phone. You can of course download the video from iCloud for this just the same.
Select the clip and then click Open
The clip appears (wait for it…) in your clips. This is as easy as it gets.
Edit the clips on the timeline.
What if you have shot horizontally and want to re-fit the clip?
Maybe you want to zoom out in Adobe Premiere. Or just change how the clip fits into the vertical sequence you’re creating.
Cut the portion of the video clip that you want to reframe in the timeline.
Click and drag the shorted clip over to your bin on the left and drop it in.
You can also right click and scroll down to “Make Sub Clip.”
This creates a new clip in the bin that you can tweak as you please.
A couple of quick things for reframing.
Fit the entire clip inside of the frame aka Fit your clip in the Frame
Right clip on the clip within the timeline
Select “Scale to Frame” or “Set to Frame Size”
This helps if you want to move the video along because the action is outside of the view.
Want a little more freedom in selecting the viewable area in the vertical video sequence?
Double click on the video clip on the timeline or when its inside of your bin.
Select “Effect Controls”
Select the drop down on the row for “Motion”
Click the box icon between “fx” and the word “Motion.”
Magically, you can now grab the video and move it around
You can Shrink the video.
Slide it into frame.
And set an anchoring point if things are really moving around.
Tik Tok Time Duration Limits:
As you continue to edit your videos. Make sure you’re mixing up the times of the videos you produce.
Your Tik Tok video length can be between 0:05 seconds and 1:00 minute.
Export edited Video from Adobe Premier for Uploading to Tik Tok
File > Export > Media or CTRL + M
The Export Settings for exporting from Adobe Premiere
BEWARE – Adobe wants to export this as a standard horizontal video.
You need to set the correct format before exporting your edited Tik Tok video, Don’t forget!
Select the format “H.264”
Select the preset “Match Source – High Bitrate.” You’re done!
Just FYI – Tik Tok Accepted Formats:
The codecs in VLC player and Windows Media Player will allow you to preview the video before you upload it.
You can be sure the video works even if you’ve screwed it up by uploading your video to Youtube
Change the publishing setting to Private or Unpublished if you don’t plan on releasing it.
Video File Size Limits on Tik Tok
This video is well under the 500 MB file size. The file size was 71.3 MB
The Bitrate Resolution for Tik Tok:
Tik Tok Claims they need it to be 516kbps. You’ll be fine.
How to upload an edited video to Tik Tok from your PC
You’ve made some really cool videos.
But the limitations of Tik Tok’s editor video aren’t worth the hassle. Right?
How to sign up, upload videos, and post to Tik Tok on Desktop PC
Use an Android Emulator to Upload Videos to the Tik-Tok app
First, you need an Android Emulator. What the hell is that?
This is an application that runs on your PC that pretends to be an Android Phone.
There are mirroring apps and a slew of other solutions. I like using the FREE one.
Go to Bluestacks.com and Download Bluestacks for FREE
Install this application to your PC.
I did enough digging to see if anyone else got screwed using the BlueStacks platform. It’s legit.
Open up the install file:
Click “Install Now”
It takes 2-3 minutes. Relax.
Go through the set up steps.
Once the application boots up, you’ll need to register with the playstore.
Tik Tok is the only app I’m emulating an android phone.
Next, you’ll be prompted to create or sign in to the play store account.
I suggest you sign up with an existing email.
Accept and agree to all terms. Keep going.
Now you have access to the playstore. This will give you the ability to download apps just like a regular android phone.
Search for “Tik Tok” in the App Store
Select the Tik Tok app.
It will start installing Tik Tok onto your bluestacks account
Once the Tik Tok Andriod App installs. Hit Open.
Work your way through the sign up flow. I’ve selected my interest related to my niche.
Creating your Tik Tok Profile on PC:
Click the “Me” icon at the bottom
You can do it on your personal mobile device before hand or on the Android emulator on PC. It’s your call.
Tap Sign up on Tik Tok
Select the top option: “Use phone or email”
Tap email and put in the email that will be associated with the account.
Enter your password. Save it somewhere because you’ll need it to get back in.
Solve the capta.
Create the name for your Tik Tok channel.
Save the world. Get the cheerleader. The whole thing.
Uploading your first video from your laptop to Tik Tok
On BlueStacks, we’ll need to set up your upload folder.
Hit the “settings” icon on BlueStacks. It’s shaped like a gear on the bottom right.
Next you’ll see the different options of the left side within the settings of BlueStacks.
Hit “Preferences” then scroll downwards.
You want to select the folder where you will drop your videos to be uploaded onto Tik Tok
Hit “Change Path” if you want to drop the video files elsewhere.
This is essentially the same as uploading files onto your mobile phone.
That’s why Android emulators rock!
Drag and drop the video you edited and exported from Adobe Premiere into the “Media Folder.”
Shortcut: You can get your edited Tik Tok video onto your emulated andriod device quickly:
Find the video on your laptop.
Drag and drop over the BlueStacks application window. It will start to upload right away.
If you did it right, you see this notification on your desktop.
Go back to the Tik Tok app, it’s finally time! Upload the video from spoofed mobile application to your Tik Tok account.
Tutorial: Uploading video from your desktop to Tik ToK
Hit the center button to create a video.
Then click “allow” all the way through for the three app permissions.
We’re almost there!
Find the video you dragged over to the BlueStacks application and select it.
Once the video uploads, it might appear choppy in the Tik Tok editor inside of the Android emulator.
That’s just how it goes. I promise the file isn’t corrupted.
You can save it as a draft. Then edit on your mobile device later.
You should see the timeline running below the video. The still frames shouldn’t appear corrupted.
You shouldn’t need to edit anything additional because you already edited the video priop to uploading it to Tik Tok riiight?
Feel Free to add effects, stickers, or text. This actually does improve engagement quick a bit.
You can’t do this on the website as seen at the top of this guide. So this is the only place where you can do that.
Be aware that once you publish a video, there is no way to edit it later. Another option is save these videos as drafts and login via mobile to add the effects, popups, gifs, etc.
I’ll put out a future guide on increasing engagement in the future if people really like this growth hack.
You should have done all the sound editing prior to uploading anyway… but it’s all gravy.
Lastly, add hashtags and a description to your Tik Tok video prior to submitting it.
IMPORTANT: Your description goes at the bottom of your video, so it may cover the bottom 3rd of a video shot/uploaded vertically.
Update: February 2020
How to use WhatsApp to transfer videos
Software downloads and transferring videos to a emulation tool can be time consuming. You still don’t get the same level of user experience if you do the above methods.
How to transfer videos from your PC to your iPhone [using whatsapp]
Step one : Download whatsapp for your desktop
Next, set up your account by going to whatsapp app on your phone > settings > then capturing the QR code on the camera.
Save your own phone number as a user.
Create a group and add yourself to it.
Now you can send yourself edited videos from desktop, download them on mobile, and upload them to Tik Tok.
You might want to consider this if you want to use the Tok Tok editor. Using an emulator like BlueStacks has some minor issues with adding text and gifs aso verlays on your video.
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