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How to fix poor video quality on TikTok

Posted February 28, 2022
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Are your TikTok videos glitchy or blurry? Sometimes TikTok automatically changes the quality of your video uploads. Whether it’s done by the app default or due to the device you recorded on, bad quality video content can be dissatisfying to publish, especially if you’ve spent hours editing an upcoming video

But with a few tips and tricks, you can create and publish high-quality TikTok videos in no time. Read on to learn why TikTok degrades video quality and some simple ways you can fix it. 

Why does TikTok make videos blurry?

There are many reasons why TikTok could make your video uploads blurry. Most of us assume the bad quality is due to our smartphone camera or recording device. But this isn’t always the case. 

TikTok can automatically make your video content look blurry on your phone screen or video preview, but it won’t be blurry on another TikTok user's device. If you try watching your TikTok video on another device like an iPad, tablet, or desktop computer, you might find the video is in perfect resolution. 

Before posting a video on TikTok, take into consideration the following points to avoid blurry video. 

1. Video specifications don’t suit TikTok

TikTok doesn't change the video quality if: 

  • You've chosen the right recommended size for the clip

  • You uploaded the video in the required format

  • You pick the right codec type

Note that there are no resolution issues if you shoot a video using the TikTok camera because it records videos in the exact specifications set by the platform's developers.

But if you upload content from your phone library and the media file is not edited, the video quality might change after you upload it.

2. Device screen resolution is too high or low

The maximum resolution available for TikTok uploads is 1080p, so if you make a 4K video, it will still drop to 1080p. 

Make sure to always resize your 4K video to 1080p before uploading to TikTok. The video quality will be better than the one in the native app. 

3. Server capacity is limited

Simply put, hosting high-quality video files requires a large amount of computing space and power. This may influence your TikTok's quality. If limited server volume is the main reason for blurry-looking video, there’s nothing you can do to fix it. 

Correct TikTok video dimensions and specs

When recording your TikTok videos on your smartphone camera or professional camera, there are a couple of specifications you’ll need to follow to avoid blurry videos. 

TikTok recommends uploading videos in: 

  • 250 MB is the size of the clip if uploaded from an iOS device, 

  • 75 MB is for Android, 

  • H.264 codec, 

  • 1080px x 1920px aspect ratio, 

  • MP4 or MOV type,

  • Vertical video format. 

How to fix poor TikTok video quality while recording

To fix poor TikTok video quality, you have to manually set the maximum video quality before recording. Select 1080p video quality and 30 frames per second or higher for maximum TikTok video quality. Once the settings are right, you can create a high-quality TikTok in no time. 

If you’re recording in low-light settings, the lower video resolutions like 720p or 480p might be better suited to your video.

Before you start recording, make sure to use the back camera instead of the front selfie camera. The back camera of your smartphone device tends to provide better resolution and video quality.

Data Saver mode in TikTok’s settings might also make your videos appear to be blurry when recording. To turn off the Data Saver move, go to Settings and Privacy → Cache and Cellular Data → Data Saver → off. 

How to fix poor TikTok video quality while editing

Sometimes editing videos within the TikTok app can create blurry or glitchy footage. Instead of editing directly in the TikTok app, try using Clipchamp’s free online video editor. You can save the video in high-quality 1080p and share it directly to your TikTok account. 

How to make quality TikTok videos while uploading

If you want the best possible video quality, make sure to have a strong internet connection with no interruptions. Bad internet signals can sometimes lead to video glitches and lags during the video export or saving process.

If your smartphone is having problems uploading TikTok videos, try to use TikTok’s web browser app instead. 

Try to avoid third-party websites that promise higher-quality TikTok video content. These external services bypass TikTok’s restrictions which can lead to poor quality, violate community guidelines, and can even lead to your account on TikTok getting blocked.  

Create high-quality TikTok videos today

Knowing the right tips and tricks can enhance your TikTok video quality in a few simple steps. When you're ready, use a creative template and make engaging TikTok videos in minutes with Clipchamp. 

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