With a whole myriad of high-quality video clips, there’s no need to bear the costs of professional shooting, and free stock video sites are a real catch for beginner vloggers and video content creators.
Here’s a list of 5 best free stock video sites that can help you create splendid content.
Videvo is a large library of stock media assets which includes not only video footage but also motion graphics and audio content. New videos by videographers from all over the world are uploaded daily, and now there are about 8K free video clips and motion graphics.
The quality of videos varies but is mostly good. The collection of free 4K footage is quite small, but if you’re ok with a lower resolution, you’ll have a lot to choose from.
Videvo provides 3 types of licenses for the clips, so make sure you choose the one that suits your project.
— Royalty Free License (or Videvo Standard License) allows using the content for free without any restrictions in personal or commercial projects. Attribution isn’t required.
— Videvo Attribution License covers personal and commercial use with credits to the author of the downloaded content.
— Creative Commons 3.0 License lets the user redistribute the content in its original way, unlike the Videvo licenses. For using the content for personal and commercial purpose you must give appropriate credit and provide a link to the license.
Being originally a photo stock platform Pexels has expanded, and Pexels Video is a big library of professional video clips. You may find footage on various themes; some clips are really eye-catching like aerial shots or time-lapses. Instead of “Category” filter, Pexels offers only “Popular Searches” which may not be as handy.
Most of the footage is in HD and Full-HD quality but 4K videos are also submitted, so probably soon there will be much more.
There are no restrictions on using the content. All videos are free and covered by the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. You are free to edit the content and use it for personal and commercial projects without credits. Isn’t it awesome?
Videezy offers a large collection of royalty free stock footage of all kinds and After Effects templates. You can search for a specific video using detailed categories, and then refine your search with filters. Pretty handy, when there’re 45 pages of search results for “drone footage”, for example. You can filter by resolution, file format, and license type.
All the videos on Videezy are from HD up to 4K quality. With a paid subscription you’ll get access to a Pro 4K studio content.
You can use Videezy for free or pay for the extended license. A free account allows you to download Standard content and use it for any purpose with attribution. Paid options let you use Standard content without credits or purchase professional 4K footage and high-quality AE templates. Pricing starts with $19.
CuteStockFootage has a pretty wide selection of stock videos, video FX, overlays, light leaks, backgrounds, textures, and sound FX. There are a few search categories, also you can browse through most popular, most downloaded and the newest clips.
Video clips on the platform are mainly in HD quality, 4K videos are also available. A drawback is that you get no idea of the video resolution by preview – all previews are 480p, and the actual resolution is mentioned only in the description (although not always).
All media material from CuteStockFootage can be used in any commercial or non-commercial project. Credits are not required but highly appreciated. As on the other platforms, you can’t re-sell and re-distribute the items anywhere in their original form.
Pixabay is a powerful platform that has thousands of royalty free video including slow motion and time-lapse. There are 20 categories to make your search easier such as “Beauty/Fashion”, “Nature/Landscapes”, “Travel/Vacations” and others.
Pixabay offers HD and 4K footage. You may filter search results by resolution.
All materials on Pixabay are released under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license; you may change and use them for both personal and commercial purposes without attribution. Great, isn’t it?
Choose any platform from the above and start creating stunning projects with royalty free stock footage. It’s a simple and convenient way to save time and money without sacrificing a quality.