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How to make a video montage for social media 

Updated January 12, 2024

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Share your favorite moments and achievements by creating a montage video for social media.

From travel highlights to memorable family moments, combine your video clips together to create engaging montage videos. You can easily resize videos to suit any platform as well as add special effects like AI voiceovers

Learn how to showcase your video ideas with smooth video transitions, background music, and motion titles with Clipchamp.

What is a video montage? 

A montage video is a compilation of video clips and photos placed in a sequence to create a memorable video. A popular video technique in film making and on social media, montage videos are a powerful storytelling tool to convey a theme, narrative, and message. Montage videos have a cinematic feel. Video editors also call these collage videos.   

Elements of a great montage video

Smooth scene transitions 

Change between different clips or photos using transitions. You can also adjust the pace of your video by making the transition between two assets slow or fast. Try professional video transitions like glitch, swipe, fading to black or white, jump cuts, and more.  

Soft background music or voiceover

Set the tone of your montage video by adding soft royalty-free music to the background or create an engaging voiceover. Search a range of hand-curated audio categories to find the perfect music to suit your video theme, like upbeat rhythms or lo-fi slow tunes. If you want to take your montage video one step further, create an informative AI voiceover to enhance your video's mood or add humor.  

Stylish frame overlays

Level up your video’s style by adding unique video overlays like frames and borders. Choose from decorative vintage frames, rainbow flashing lights, and modern abstract borders, to add a unique twist to your montage video. 

Informative motion titles

Give your montage video a title with the help of animated text. Using text and titles can add emphasis on talking points, add context, and refine any video in seconds. Select various styles of titles, fonts, colors, sizes, positions, and themes.  

5 social media montage video ideas

1. Travel and holiday season Reels

Showcase your latest travels or favorite holiday moments throughout the festive season with a montage video. Share your vertical video on TikTok and Instagram to connect with your viewers and inspire them to travel.  

2. Special occasion montage

Evoke emotions and reminisce about special occasions by turning your video clips and photos into a heartfelt montage. Whether you’re remembering birthday celebrations, milestones, parties, or wedding celebrations, a montage video with a voiceover is perfect for uploading to YouTube.  

3. Renovation or DIY guide

Highlight your latest renovation or share your proud DIY projects in an entertaining montage video. Record yourself in real-time or through a timelapse, combine your clips using split screen video layout, add swipe transitions, and share to your social media. Before and after montage videos are also quite popular on TikTok.   

4. Fitness transformation montage video

If you want to show a before and after fitness journey, diet or workout routine, create a fitness transformation montage that will keep your viewers motivated. Easily combine your clips together with fast jump cuts, sticker overlays, and up-beat background music. Share your transformation montage videos to Instagram Reels directly from the exporting page in Clipchamp. 

5. Weekly outfits montage

Keep up with the trends on TikTok and Instagram by creating outfit idea videos. Record yourself daily in your ‘work fit’, then combine your short clips together with motion titles and a voiceover to make a fashionable montage video.  

How to create a video montage in Clipchamp

Step 1. Import videos or select stock footage 

To import your own videos, click on the import media button in the your media tab on the toolbar to browse your computer files, or connect your OneDrive.    

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You can also use royalty-free stock media in montage videos to fill in gaps or as backgrounds. Click on the video library tab on the toolbar and search through the different stock categories. 

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Before adding your videos to the timeline, make sure the aspect ratio is in the correct dimensions for your social media platform. If you want to share your montage video on TikTok, Instagram, or YouTube Shorts, we recommend changing the aspect ratio to 9:16 from 16:9. Click on the 16:9 button then click on the 9:16 button.  

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Next, drag and drop each video onto the timeline from the your media tab. Make sure to place your videos and photos side by side on the timeline. You can rearrange the timeline order as many times as you like. 

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If your assets are in a different aspect ratio, just use the fit and fill tool in the floating toolbar.  

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Step 2. Place transitions between clips

To turn your clips or photos into a montage video, place transitions between each asset on the timeline. Click on the transitions tab on the toolbar. Hover over each video transition to preview. Drag and drop a video transition onto the timeline between two assets. The transition will automatically snap into place on the timeline.

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Step 3. Add royalty-free music

Click on the music & SFX tab on the toolbar, then browse the royalty-free music options. Use the search bar to browse the library using keywords like happy, sad, upbeat, and more. Click on the play button to preview the audio tracks, then drag and drop the song onto the timeline below your media.

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Trim the audio to match the video length using the green handles. Drag the green handles to the left of the timeline to shorten the audio file. You can also use the audio tab on the property panel to edit the volume of the audio.  

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Step 4. Preview and save your video 

Before saving your new montage video, make sure to preview by clicking on the play button. When you’re ready to save, click on the export button and select a video resolution. We recommend saving all videos in 1080p video resolution for the best quality. Paid subscribers can save in 4K video resolution.   

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Watch our YouTube tutorial for more help.

For more tips creating awesome ideas for social media, take a look at the YouTube ultimate guide. Increase your engagement and awareness by resizing and reposting your video to TikTok as well. 

Try Clipchamp for free or download the Clipchamp Windows app to get started.  

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