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You can create a great TikTok video by doing nothing more than simply talking to the camera. However, if you want to do something a little fancier or you’re still unsure of your own ability to spruce up your video, you can start with some of the pre-designed templates that come with the app.
Templates make it easy to create a lively, complex video — you just have to drop your own photos and / or videos into the template, and you’re done. (You can, of course, add your own text, sounds, effects, etc. as well.)
Here’s how to start using a template:
Tap the plus sign at the bottom of the screen to start a new video
Select “Templates.” (You’ll find it next to the “Camera” label at the bottom of the screen.)