TikTok has announced some big new features, including one that seems to run ahead of current social media trends.
The first of the new features, recently announced through the TikTok chat room, is a set of better video editing tools, which allow creators to create simpler projects without having to rely on external applications for access to advanced services.
As part of the new ‘editing environment’, users can stack, trim and split videos; sound editing; it is easier to edit and position documents; add video clips; adjust video playback speed; add sound effects, rotate or zoom individual clips.
The second new feature is more surprising, though less admirable. Fans like Instagram are increasingly interested in TikTok-style video content, and TikTok has added a new Photo mode reminiscent of Instagram.
By adding support for high-quality photos, TikTok may be able to capture more of Instagram’s market share because high-quality photos are something that many say have been neglected by the rival platform. .
Although similar to Instagram’s many photo posts, TikTok’s new photo mode keeps the ‘TikTok’ look and feel. The addition of music and automatic progression in images may at first be mistaken for a slideshow presented as a video. The ability to change images on your own breaks this illusion.
One of the interesting things here is that the TikTok photo carousels cannot be viewed in your web browser. Attempting to do so will result in the message “View photos on the TikTok app”. Hopefully, TikTok will add this feature to promote sharing across other platforms.
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