If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve heard of the latest app that all of the kids are loving – TikTok. This social media app allows you to film and edit fun and creative videos and share them with your friends, all directly from your smartphone.
There is huge potential for your video to go viral on the app – provided of course that you know how to make a great TikTok video and have the right accessories to make your videos look and sound amazing.
How to make better TikTok videos
If your kid is trying to become a TikTok star or simply loves to create videos on the app, we’ve got you covered. We’ve partnered with the video experts at Ted’s Cameras to round up the top 5 phone accessories that will instantly help them create better TikTok videos – and they would all make incredible gifts.
If you want to make your video go viral, you first need to figure out the formula for how to make a good TikTok video. First, you’ll notice that the best TikTok videos are bright and vibrant. So if you want a video to go viral, you need to make sure it has proper lighting. While it’s possible to use only natural light to film, it is not nearly as consistent as good artificial lighting.
Portable LED lights and ring lights are our two favourite options for TikTok lights. Both options are great for delivering an even spread of lighting from corner to corner. If your kid wants to move around in their videos, portable LED lighting kits are the best choice as they light up a greater area. But if your kid wants to film unboxing videos or makeup tutorials, ring lights are the way to go. The Selfie SG-11 Ring Light for Smartphone is the perfect TikTok ring light, with an easy clip-on design so you can clip it directly onto your smartphone!
An external microphone
While being seen is important, being heard is equally essential. Muffled audio is just as frustrating for viewers as grainy video. Luckily, there is an easy fix to make good quality videos on TikTok – an external microphone!
External microphones record a much clearer and concise quality of audio than capturing the audio directly from your phone, so you can deliver your content with a clear message. A directional microphone, such as a shotgun mic, is the best microphone for TikTok as it will cut through any background noise and record directly from the source they are pointed at – this is a great option for filming on location.
To keep things simple, these compact smartphone microphones clip onto and connect directly to the TRRS input of your phone. We love the Rode VideoMic Me, a nifty little microphone that connects directly to your phone.
A phone stand or tripod
Sometimes filming the best video for TikTok requires you to go hands-free, so it can be tricky holding your smartphone at the same time or finding a good place to balance it. Enter: the humble smartphone tripod. This must-have accessory won’t break the bank, but it will make life a whole lot easier. You can set your phone up in a position that gives you the best angle for viewing, fine-tune your framing and hit record.
TikTok phone stands are compact, so you can carry yours with you at all times – great news for impromptu videos. If you want to be able to find a place to mount your phone anywhere in the world, consider a Gorillapod with flexible legs for wrapping around poles and similar objects, such as the Joby GripTight Gorillapod Stand Pro 2, one of the best phone tripods out there. If you want the added bonus of a sturdier grip for handhold filming, some phone stands offer this function as well.
A smartphone gimbal
Wondering how to make good transitions on TikTok? The answer is: start using a smartphone gimbal. A smartphone gimbal is an essential tool for creating the most cinematic and impactful TikTok videos, from the palm of your hand. While your handheld smartphone videos are often bumpy, blurry and distracting, gimbal smartphone videos are smooth and professional. You can thank their 3-axis Stabilisation for this smoothness.
Your smartphone gimbal can move intuitively as you pan your phone or walk through your shoot, differentiating between intentional and unwanted movements and correcting for the latter. This is the secret for how to make a good slow-mo on TikTok. The best smartphone gimbals feature dedicated follow modes, connectivity to smartphone apps for advanced operation, and are foldable in order to keep your mobile content creation kit as portable as possible.
A clip-on smartphone lens
While DSLR and Mirrorless cameras are the most versatile tools for capturing the best photos and videos, not everyone finds them compact enough to take everywhere. Thankfully, there are plenty of mobile lenses for TikTok to help you emulate the versatility of DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras.
The best smartphone lens kits are compatible with most phones, so if you come across a favourite you don’t need to worry about updating if you swap phones. They are also easy to clip onto your phone, able to be positioned over the built-in camera in a matter of moments.
Here are a few tips for those wondering which smartphone lens is the best for them. Wide-angle lenses are great for landscapes and group shots, while ultra-wide-angle lenses or Fisheye lenses provide a more extreme distorted effect, which is commonly used in extreme sports photos and videos. To get a closer look of distant objects you want a telephoto lens on your phone, while getting up close and personal with smaller objects would require a macro lens. If you’re unsure which one you’ll need, go for a 10-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit including plenty of lens options!
Find the best accessories for TikTok
With these simple and affordable phone accessories, your kid can now turn their phone into the best camera for TikTok videos and start filming great TikTok videos. Head over to Ted’s Cameras’ blog for more tips on photography and videography, and browse their wide range of camera and phone accessories for budding content creators.
**This article was written for All Mum Said by Ted’s Cameras.