How to Use the Slow-Motion Effect on TikTok

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One of the reasons TikTok is such a great app is that there are dozens of filters and effects you can use to make unique content. If you have spent time on the platform, you have likely seen a slow-motion video or two come up in your feed. The good news is that it is possible to create slowed-down videos of your own. 

This post will not only explain how you can make TikTok videos at different recording speeds, but how you can watch them as well. 

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How to Make Slow-Mo Video on TikTok

Fortunately, it doesn’t take too much effort for you to create a TikTok video in slow motion. In fact, it can easily be done straight from the app. All you need is a good, creative idea for a 15 or 60-second video and a little time to execute it. 

Here’s how you can create a slow-motion video on TikTok:

  1. Step 1

    Launch the app and tap on the + icon at the bottom of the screen to create a new video. 

  2. Step 2

    Select the speed option on the top right-hand side of the screen. It is the second button down from the top. 

  3. Step 3

    Choose the speed of the video that you wish. If you want to slow down the video, you will need to choose .5x or .1x depending on how fast you want it. 

  4. Step 4

    Add any preferred filters and additional features you want to create cool video clips.

Bonus tip: If you choose to use a song on your TikTok video, choose a slow song. These tend to perform better than faster songs. You can also use fun sound effects at appropriate times to make creative videos. 

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How to Come up with Slow-Mo Ideas for TikTok

Sometimes it is difficult to come up with a good idea for TikTok. Here are a few things you can try to get your ideas rolling. 

  1. 1. Master Other Effects

    Combining the slow-mo feature with other video effects could help you make an aesthetic video. If you can’t immediately think of a good idea, start playing with the other effects on the app. Inspiration will likely strike. 

  2. 2. Watch Popular Content

    While you shouldn’t outright copy anyone (unless it is trending to do so), you can often be inspired when watching other content. Look for unique ways that other people used the speed button. You can find these videos from hashtags related to different niches. 

  3. 3. Practice Video Recording

    Use the effect throughout the day in different situations, then privately watch the footage back. You might find something that inspires you. 


How to Watch a Video in Slow Mode on TikTok

If you have spent any time on TikTok, you will have realized that you cannot fast-forward, rewind, or slow down any TikTok video. While playback speed isn’t often mentioned in this conversation, many users have continually petitioned the platform to add the other options. 

That being said, there is a way you can watch TikTok videos at a rate different than normal speed, using a third-party app (such as Snapchat). As a bonus, you will be able to rewind and fast-forward the video as well. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1

    Find the TikTok video you want to watch at a slow speed and save it to your camera roll. The creator of the video will need to have selected a setting in order for you to download it. 

  2. Step 2

    Open the Snapchat app and find the video you have selected. Once it loads, swipe right and find the snail icon. Click on the icon so that you can watch the video at your preferred speed. 

Whether you want to create a duet video that includes slow content, or you want to film an entire video of new content, this is a method you can create something with the slowest speed. The best news is that you don’t need any complicated video editing software to make these kinds of videos.