How to Do the Ripple Effect in TikTok
Without a doubt, the ripple effect is one of the best ways to add a wow factor to your videos. The smooth water-like waves even give a touch of romance to the clips. But there’s still no native option to do it.
There’s no reason to worry, though. If you want to know how to do this effect, we’ve got you covered. Let’s ripple right into the methods and requirements.
Before You Start
This article assumes that you’ve already downloaded and installed TikTok. Just as importantly, make sure the app’s updated on your Android or iOS device.
Furthermore, you should update the smartphone’s software as well and have more than 50% charge on your battery. This is because the effect requires some computing power that’s usually very battery intensive. After all, you’re effectively shooting video via an internet-based app.
With this in mind, you should also have a steady Wi-Fi connection. Otherwise, the ripple might not be as smooth as you expect it.
It’s also possible to do the TikTok ripple effect on your tablet. But the process is much trickier, so it’s best to stick to smartphones.
That out of the way, it’s time to get down to business.
Ripple, Ripple, Ripple Your Videos
Whichever method you choose, the catch is to nail the correct video speed. As indicated, you’ll be shooting is slow motion at about 0.5 speed for the desired smoothness. But this speed isn’t exactly set in stone, so don’t hesitate to experiment.
Launch the TikTok app on your smartphone. For example purposes, this article uses TikTok for iOS but the steps are the same on Android devices.
Hit the plus icon to add a new video and then select the speed icon to start recording in slow motion. The speed bar pops up at the bottom of the screen and you need to tap on “0.5x”.
Press the record button and choose the recording duration. The 60s option might work better, but you can get snappy ripples at 15s.
While recording, you should quickly move/shake your phone towards and away from the object you’re trying to record. And voila, your video with the ripple effect should be ready to post.
Moving your phone to and from the object slowly won’t do you any good, as you really need to do it fast. And you shouldn’t shake the phone left or right because the motion counteracts the ripples.
As you might assume, this method requires some practice before you nail ripples that look good.
The upside of this method is that you don’t need to move your phone like there’s no tomorrow. But it requires a bit of extra work and the Video Star app.
Open TikTok, hit the plus icon, and record a video in slow motion. As said, you don’t need to move or shake at all, just shoot and save the recording in your Gallery or Camera Roll.
Access Video Star, select the video and hit Edit for more actions. But first, you need to tap “Make Video” for the app to generate an editable recording.
Now, select “Quick Split Scene” and choose where you want the split. Then tap “New” and choose “Re-Effect”. Select the magnifying lens icon to initiate the effect search, and type wiggle into the search bar.
The slider at the bottom of the screen allows you to adjust the impact of the effect. And it’s advisable to move it a bit to the left to lessen the claustrophobic feel at the default 50%.
Finally, you can export the video, go back to TikTok, and upload it from your Gallery or Camera Roll.
At the time of writing, the Video Star app is available only on Apple Store. But there is other video-editing software that features the wiggle/ripple effect on Android.
More importantly, Video Star UI isn’t exactly intuitive and it might take some getting used to before you master all the functions and options. That said, the app offers one of the most comprehensive suites of editing tools.
And with some practice, you’ll be able to create eye-catching videos that are comparable to the ones generated in Adobe Premiere for mobile devices.
Furthermore, Video Star produces a ripple effect that looks different from the manual method. For some users, it’s better because they get more control over the final result.
But the movement hack is great for some like worthy ripples on the fly.
There are users who try to pull the effect by putting their phone on maximum vibration while recording the video. But this usually causes image stabilization issues that render the clip useless. But if you manage to get it right, feel free to drop us a comment below.
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