Finding the right video clips can be difficult for your projects, video backgrounds, or even in your website header to welcome people to your site, video production is not cheap and buying stock film can take a big chunk out of your wallet and many stock video sites charge a subscription fee for their content.
Thankfully, there are also many places where you can download stock video for free, a lifesaver if you have a small budget or only need a quick clip. These videos may not always have the polished, cinematic feel you can get if you buy professional footage, but there’s plenty of high-quality videos for you.
If you’re looking for free stock videos, take a look at this eight places you can find stock videos.
Pexels began as a free photo site, but has since added a large library of free HD stock videos and true to their name, all videos on Pexels have enough pixels to look great on any screen.
Their collection is also under the CC0 license, so you can edit and use the videos for personal or commercial purposes without asking for permission or linking back to the original source. Use their list of popular searches to find the most in-demand stock videos.
Pixabay is another stock image website that have free videos, but what separates it from its competitors is the selection of 4K files. While there’s only a few hundred HD and 4K videos, the subjects are variable – ranging from landscape footage to the abstract. It’s a small but diverse selection.
All videos on Pixabay are submitted by users and licensed under CC0.
Stock Footage For Free is exactly what you will find, all you need to do is create an account, and you have access to some of the most impressive free footage on the web. All of these clips are all formatted at full HD, 29.97 FPS and are in the .mov file format. They’re also available for commercial use in many cases.
Videvo is dedicated to providing free, HD clips for use in your projects. Videos are uploaded both by the website owners and the community.
You are able to find a lot of videos as there are a quite diverse collection of videos, you can sort by footage or motion graphics, or even grab some music and sound effects while you’re there. You can also see a file’s detailed information, such as format and aspect ratio before you download.
A majority of videos are licensed under “royalty-free”, a non-credit license that allows you to use and modify the video in your projects. There are two other attribution-based licenses as well but remember to check the licenses before you download.
5. Life of Vids
Life of Vids is a collection of free stock videos, clips, and loops, there are no copyright restrictions, but redistribution on other sites is limited to 10 videos.
To download a high-res version of any video on the site, click on the Vimeo logo in the bottom right-hand corner of the video player and you’ll see the “Download” button. New videos are added weekly, and they’ve got a beautiful collection of free stock images you can check out as well.
Pond5 is one large, most vibrant video-first content marketplace, providing filmmakers, creators, and producers of all kinds with the content, inspiration, and tools they need to improve their projects.
You find over 10,000 free video footage! All of this is under Public Domain, meaning they are free to be used and distributed as you need.
Videezy has tons of beautiful, free HD and 4K videos in many categories for you to browse. They also offer some pro content that costs money. Not all of the clips are licensed under CC0, so make sure to click “License info” on each individual clip’s page to find out how you can use it.