One True Media- A Free Site to Make Your Own Photo or Video Montage

Try it!

So you have just gotten back from vacation, and you have a ton of photos and video clips. For most of us, it takes months to load onto the computer, edit, print, and make into a photo album or scrapbook. Why not try your hand at making an online photo or video montage?

Simply put, it is a collection of photos and videos set to music, with a few added captions and some thematic styling. Once finished, you can upload to YouTube, a blog, Facebook, or other social sharing site. If you prefer to keep it private, you can purchase it on DVD for home viewing.

If you are not very adept with technology, no worries- this step by step guide will take you from beginning to end. One True Media is a free online software and tool that users will find easy to navigate. You will have a photo/video montage done in no time!

What the Finished Product Looks Like

Step One: Register with One True Media

1. Go to
2. Follow the prompts and create a new account or link it with an existing Google account.
3. Now you are ready to start creating!

Step Two: Create a Video

You will need to upload all the photos and videos you want to showcase. OTM allows you to gather your material the following ways:

  • Upload directly from your computer
  • Link your Facebook account and pull pictures directly off of your wall
  • Copy images from Flickr, a popular photo sharing site
  • Pasting links of image URL's

For the purpose of this tutorial, we'll assume you are pulling material straight from your computer. You can upload BOTH photos and video clips, though it will take quite a bit longer if you have long videos and a slow Internet connection. Sometimes, I grab a whole bunch of files and set it to upload before I go out to run errands. When I come back, they are all uploaded and then it is time for the fun part- rearranging!

Step Three: Editing

Once you are done, a screen will pop up saying that the upload was successful. You will be taken to a page where all your images and clips are arranged according to the way you uploaded them. First you will have to arrange them in the sequence you would like. Are you going to go chronologically or according to the music lyrics you want to add? Think about the overall project, and then begin rearranging.

Here are all the main options you are given once the material is uploaded. We want to use the edit and sequence option first.
Here are all the main options you are given once the material is uploaded. We want to use the edit and sequence option first.

Overview of Editing

The screenshot below gives you the three most important tips.

1. If you want to reorder the material, use the display order box on the bottom right hand corner of each image.
2. If you want to remove material, click the remove button. You will be asked to check all the ones you do not like, and they will be removed. NOTE- You can retrieve them back again if you change your mind. You don't need to re-upload.
3. Clicking directly on an image will allow you to edit each individual photo or clip.

Editing a Particular Photo

Let's begin with the finer detail. Click on an image you want to edit.

  • First you will see that you have the option to zoom in or out, plus rotate the photo (see the tools right under the picture).
  • To the right, you will see four headings: properties, effects, transition, text.
  • Each of those adjusts the photo and style. NOTE- Some options are set to premium, which means they are not available unless you sign up for a monthly subscription.

Here you can change the name of the photo, how it moves during the video (left to right, stationary, etc.), and how long it remains on that photo before transitioning.

When you click on this heading, you will see a drop down menu of categories. Let's say you are editing a vacation montage. Pick the one that says scrapbook. A bunch of options will appear that add a special effect to the photo. To see which one you'd like, click the one you would like and hit the preview button. You can see how it works with the photo.

This option lets you choose what happens as the slide is transitioning from one photo to the next. The same directions apply to this as the effects category. Pick an option and try a couple out.

Here you can add a caption, and change the font and color. This option may only be available for subscribed members. If you want to add a text slide, that is in a different location that we will discuss in a minute.

Make sure you hit save when you are done!

The photo edit screen
The photo edit screen

Editing a Particular Video Clip

All the same directions apply. OTM allows you to decide if you want the video to have sound or not. When you pick a piece of music, you can choose to have the music play only, music and video sound, or the music will fade so you just hear the video. Choices, choices!

The little orange button
The button right under the filmstrip allows you to clip the video if it is too long. Try to keep it short and sweet, as viewer's attention isn't long.

This is the clip screen where you can shorten the video clip.
This is the clip screen where you can shorten the video clip.

Step Four: Adding Text Slides

After you have edited each photo or video, click on save and it will take you back to the main screen. At the top of the screen (on the blue menu bar where the remove button is), you should see the option to add a text slide. Click on it and write in the text you want. It gives you options to put it at the beginning or the end.

What if you want it in the middle? No worries, just finish the text slide and hit save. Go back to the main screen and reorder the text slide in the middle with the little display order box.

The text slide screenshot
The text slide screenshot

Step Five: Now it is Time to Add Music!

So by now you have uploaded material, arranged it, edited it, and added text. Time to put music to your masterpiece. Look at the top of your screen (higher than the blue bar) and look for the white tabs that say Edit, Styles, and Music.

Click on music.

A side note: the style tab allows you to add a "style" to every slide without all the tedious detailed editing. The upside is the computer does the work for you, but the downside is it is often overwhelming with excessive effects that block the images. You can play around with it if you want. Anyway, back to the music slide.

Use Theirs or Add Your Own!

You will be taken to a screen with a bunch of lists. You can preview the song and add it to your project if you wish. But what if you want your own song that is not listed?

1. Click on the black menu bar where it says, "upload your own song". (by the way, OTM will save all your uploaded songs should you want to reuse it for another montage later).
2. You may choose up to three songs to upload. Find them on your computer and click the blue upload button.
3. You will see it up in the top lefthand corner of the music screen. It will tell you how long the song is and you will need to compare that to the length of your project. If you need more music, add more songs. If the song is longer than the montage, don't worry- it'll automatically fade the music.

Step Six: Preview and Sharing

Now you are almost finished! You should have music, text, slides, videos, and images. Preview your project and check for any last minute changes. Remember, you can change it at any time so don't worry if things aren't perfect. Hit the blue preview button!

Notice you are back at the main screen. A couple of last minute options:

1. If you want to change the image that represents the project, click on the bottom of the screen where it says Project Thumbnail.
2. If you want to change the title, click on change title at the top of the screen (it's small and orange).

Once you are satisfied with it, click on the large menu item which says SHARE. You will have options to post on Facebook, YouTube, and send it in an email. If you have a blog and you want to embed the code, those options are also available.

If you want to buy the DVD, simple click on the BUY button and follow the instructions.

Congratulate yourself. You just made a montage!

-Julie DeNeen

Comments 23 comments

gayla 5 days ago

ok how do I try it if there is no way to try it!!!!!

sayida 6 weeks ago

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vibelyn 2 months ago


adrian 2 months ago

kenapa one trumedia ngk bisa lg ,,,,,,,,,,,,

Debbie 3 months ago

One true media has been closed for years. Disney bought them. So I don't know why this was just posted.

Has anyone found a site that has all the graphics you can add in or the fun transition between photos, and/or where you can order the dvds?

I have been looking for years and have not found one. So please let me know.


Cristine 3 months ago

The link does not work for this site...

Sorry, is no longer available.

Is there a new one?

sayida e said 4 months ago


sayida 4 months ago

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sayida 4 months ago

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sayida 4 months ago

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Rusty 5 months ago


Laurie King 5 months ago

I used to have my baby pics and videos on One True Media and the site closed. I want all of my stuff! I lost it all! My late father-in-law with my baby during Christmas gatherings etc, is all gone! PLEASE help me

nina 6 months ago


Y-Q 7 months ago

U all did A good job~! ; )

Lillian krazem 14 months ago

it does not work :( can anyone give the link plzzzz?

Amani Ali 16 months ago

Thanks for the in instructions.

chelseia amoranto 23 months ago

hello too... please how to maker slideshow

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Deepak Chaturvedi 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Interesting to know about a new site. thanks for sharing.

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ignugent17 4 years ago from Central Illinois , USA

Very useful and interesting. I will check it out. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and more.

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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Great job, Julie! Your instructions are so easy to follow! Bookmarking this so I can try it for myself. Thank you for sharing this site and the information. VUM!

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Great job on this! thank you. Imagine looking at this through the eyes of a man who went to graphic art school before there were copy machines.

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Trinity M 4 years ago

Wow, great hub! This is definitely something I will be looking into. Thank you so much for sharing the information. Voted up and useful.

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Just added to my favorites Julie! Cute montage, and your explanations are so easy to folloe. Hope many get hold of this true one. Lovely future actress in the making! Or at least a future surgeon! Thanks for taking your time and putting this hub together! Have a nice day! Wow! a busy mom indeed Lol!

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