There’s no denying that gorgeous video content makes for a dynamic, visually pleasing project. And, whether that be social media post for a brand, a slider on a website homepage, or even a home-made video, stunning stock video adds a certain je ne sais quoi that really brings the entire thing together. Obtaining this high-quality footage can be quite a challenge, however. Purchasing it is often prohibitively expensive, and filming it yourself, unless you’ve got cinematic experience, typically results in a less than desirable final product. Thankfully, there are some free stock video websites out there to bring your next project to life, and we’ve compiled them all here in one handy list.
Pixabay offers over 1.2 million images and videos, all available under Creative Commons Zero(CC0) License, which simply means that you don’t need to get permission or give credit to the artist to use or modify the content, even in commercial applications (although we always recommend giving credit to the owner). They have an impressive collection of HD stock videos, with content ranging from pastoral landscapes to earth from space.
Pexels first started as a free site for stock photos but has since delved into the realm of stock video. And, as evidenced by their name, each of these videos has a high enough resolution (pixels, get it?) to look great when used in any capacity. Similar to Pixabay, this collection of free stock videos is also under the CC0 license.
In addition to free stock footage, Videvo offers users free motion graphics as well. And, unlike the other previous options, Videvo has two different licensing options. A CC0 3.0 license and their own Videvo Standard License. Videos licensed with the Videvo Standard License can be downloaded for free to use in any project as long as you don’t make the clips available for download anywhere else. Those used under Creative Commons 3.0 can be put in any project, but credit must be given to the original creator. These are determined by the creator and you can find the licensing info at the bottom of each individual video page.
Amassed by advertising agency Leeroy, in Montreal, Canada, and originally for their own use, Life of Vids is now a public collection of stock videos, clips, and loops from Leeroy, an advertising agency in Montreal, Canada. There are no copyright restrictions, but redistribution on other sites is limited to 10 videos. They add new videos are added weekly, but you’ll need a Vimeo account to access the free download.
Splitshire was created by web designer Daniel Nanescu, who wanted to offer his photos and videos free for personal and commercial use and is perhaps the most unique free video stock site listed here. Everything was filmed and shot by the same person, tying them all together remarkably well. You’ll find primarily drone footage of beautiful outdoor scenes, but some other options as well. To download, simply click on the title below the video. The only restrictions are that you cannot sell the videos and they can’t be used in projects with inappropriate content such as violence, racism, or discrimination.
With new videos added every single day, Stock Footage 4 Free has an impressive array of different, royalty-free stock videos. Sign up with your email, and you’ll have access to their entire collection of professional stock videos. They all come with the royalty-free license, meaning you can use their clips without any fees or attribution to the creator. The videos on Stock Footage 4 Free are even organized into easy to navigate categories including, construction and energy, nature and animals, mansions and wealth, international locations, and more.
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Videezy has a large collection of video clips that are royalty-free for personal and commercial use, however, they do ask that you credit the site, Videezy.com, when using them in a commercial capacity. However, you also have the option, if you want, to purchase credits that allow you to use the videos without attribution.
Coverr offers seven, new free videos every Monday. However, unlike most of the other options, they are not your traditional stock videos. These videos were designed specifically for website backgrounds and homepages. However, they provide a wonderful, dynamic background for text-heavy animations. With a standard CC0 license, they can be used without attribution for personal and commercial purposes.