Using Banuba SDKs Gives Businesses an Advantage in the Case of TikTok Ban

If the US Congress ends up banning TikTok, companies using Banuba Video Editor SDK/API will get an edge over their competitors. Examples of countries where TikTok is already forbidden (e.g. India) show that this will likely spur startups and established players to fill the void. A video editing SDK will save a lot of time on building short video-related features, thus allowing developers to shorten their time-to-market.

HONG KONG--()--The US Congress is working on at least two notable pieces of legislation threatening the dominance of TikTok, both of which could lead to banning the Chinese social network altogether. Should this come to pass, the companies scrambling to fill the niche would be able to go to market faster if they use premade modules for TikTok-like features. The most prominent example of these would be Banuba Video Editor SDK.

The first is the DATA Act introduced by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. McCaul. The second is a broader bipartisan bill that would expand the powers of the Secretary of Commerce to let them “identify, deter, disrupt, prevent, prohibit, investigate, or otherwise mitigate” potential threats.

Should the US government severely restrict or completely ban TikTok, its 113 million American users will have to either refocus on homegrown social media like Facebook and Instagram, or join a new app looking to cover the gap in the market.

When India prohibited TikTok along with 58 other Chinese apps in 2021, a host of local apps appeared to pounce on the opportunity, and quickly replaced their foreign competitor. Some of the most successful ones include Chingari, Josh, and Mitron.

Chingari is an especially interesting case, as it was able to quickly pivot towards the short video format by using Banuba Video Editor SDK – a video editor like TikTok that can be quickly integrated into an app. Potentially, utilizing such tools could cut the time-to-market by up to 50%.

Banuba Video Editor SDK provides tools and resources for creating, editing, and manipulating video content, including, but not limited to:

  • TikTok-like video editing suite
  • Audio editing
  • Royalty-free music provider integration
  • Picture-in-picture mode (duets)
  • AR masks
  • Color filters
  • Transition effects, etc.

Over 100 Indian companies turned to Banuba for Video Editor SDK and Face AR SDK so that their products could be released earlier or upgraded. Some have also requested custom filters with a local feel (e.g. ones resembling traditional Indian jewelry) in addition to the 24 effects supplied for free to every client.

Banning TikTok will likely cause a similar “gold rush,” as the companies scramble to attract their share of users looking for the same experience as the now-forbidden app used to give. Startups researching how to build an app like TikTok could use a tool like Banuba Video Editor SDK to get an edge over their competitors.

About Banuba

Banuba is an augmented reality company with over 7 years on the market, pioneering face tracking and virtual background technologies. Its other products include a virtual try-on SDK for jewelry and glasses, Face AR SDK – a software development kit for various AR applications, and Video Editor SDK – a compact and feature-rich mobile kit for video editing.


Release Summary

Banuba Video Editor SDK would help new TikTok competitors get to market faster if the Chinese app ends up banned.

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