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August 16, 2011
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20 FREE Online Stock Video Sites!

In this post, we’ve rounded up the 20 of the best FREE stock video & B-Roll websites!

FREE STOCK VIDEO SITES

1.  Free Stock Footage
Although the site is called Free Stock Footage, it’s somewhat restrictive. Low resolution versions of video on the site are free to use…however medium and hi-res footage requires payment. In general the footage looks a bit amateurish (no “artsy” shots here) but if you’re looking for some B-roll to use in a news report this might be a good place to look.

Update 3/14: This site may no longer be online.

2.  Detonation Films
Looking for explosions, smoke streams or blood splatters? Dentonation Films has a host of video clip of isolated bullet hits, fireballs, explosions, muzzle flashes and gun effects. Although most of the videos appear to be 4×3 (SD), they could easily integrate into a HD frame. Added bonus: some of the effects are prekeyed.

3.  Movie Tools
Movie Tools is a great resource for background and graphic video elements. From technical to fantasy, these backgrounds would be great for use under titles, to use in a VJ set or in video reports. Be sure to check out their large selection of video loops as well!

4. Archive.org
Since the mid 90’s, Archive.org has been a digital repository for all sorts of digital media. Archive.org has made avaliable more than 2,000 films from the Prelinger Archive on their site. This collection is full of Americana and cultural based films (home movies, commercials, B-movies) from the last 100 years. Many of the films in the archive are in the public domain, but be sure to check the licesne before using.

5.  World Clips
World Clips specializes in footage from around the globe. All of the footage on the site is free to download and use. No subscription and no login required. They’ve got an impressive section on Australia and have North America broken down into even more specific locations (Las Vegas, New York City, Hawaii and San Fransisco to name a few).

6. X Stock Video
For a free site, X Stock offers high resolution clips, but suffers in terms of variety of subject matter. Most stock footage on the site is avaliable in HD 720 or 1080 resolutions. To avoid having to sift through all of the clips, use the search link to find what you’re looking for (doesn’t immediately jump out at you).

7. The News Market
The News Market features clips that are topical and newsworthy…as well as many prepackaged news pieces (VNRs). Great for use as B-Roll in a journalism or documentary piece. Added bonus, some of the clips on the sites have a shot list provided, making it easy to track down exactly what you’re looking for.

8. Media College
Currently, Media College only has a small number of free stock clips, but the ones on the site are offered in HD (as well as SD) and good for use as B-Roll. Subject matter includes natures, seasons and animals. One note, the video on the site are all formatted PAL format and would need to be converted if your intended use is NTSC.

9.  Krisha Creationz
This site has a large number of digital jumpbacks and background graphic elements (similar to the Digital Juice offerings). Although it requires a login for download, the site has an excellent selection that can be searched as well as browsed by category. Great for use in video presentations, as a background to emphasize text points. Most of the free clips on the site appear to be SD.

10. Vids Play
Although VidsPlay only has a small number of clips, what they do have is top quality. Avaliable in both HD720 and 1080, the majority of clips on the site depict B-Roll of flowers or a beach setting. One clip that’s of particular interest is the free vintage film countdown (a stock clip I see used often). Note, many of the clips on this site are in the AVI format and will need to be converted to use in Final Cut Pro.

11.  Free Animal Videos
Although the videos on the site are in large part amateurish, they feature a large variety of animals. Sections on the site include wildlife, pets and marine. If you’re looking for an animal-specific clip and free animal BRoll check this site out!

12.  Video CoPilot Stock Pack
Although VideoCoPilot is not a stock specific site, they recently releaed a stock pack free for their site users! The pack has 20 elements and textures, all high quality. Even if you don’t have need for it now, this is one pack to download and keep in your editing toolbox. While you’re there check out VideoCoPilot’s other features… they’ve got great tutorials and post production tips.

13.  Wikimedia Videos
Similar to Archive.org, Wikimedia Commons is an online libralry of open source sounds, videos, photos and other media. The site has a large selection of video clips covering a wide range of subject matter… but the search functionality is somewhat limited. Although what you’re looking for has a good chance of being here, you might have to dig to find it.

14.  Hollywood Camerawork Greenscreen
Hollywood Camera Work has made avaliable on their site a set of green screen plates perfect for experimentation and honing your compositing skills!. These clips are perfect for educators and for indivudals looking to improve their post production expertise. Great clip set!

15. iMovies Archive
iMovies has picked out a number of the most iconic public domain films and has them avaliable for download from their site. Check out some Horror, sci fi and B movie classics as Metropolis, Nosferatu and House on Haunted Hill.

16.  Footage Firm
Unlike the sites above, Footage Firm specializes in actually sending free stock footage.  Select a clip collection from one of their libraries and they’ll mail you all of the clips on a data DVD… just pay shipping and handling.  They’ve got a wide variety of clips – both video and graphics.  So, not technically “free”, you still can’t beat it for the price.

FREE EVERY WEEK/MONTH

These next few sites offer a wide variety of royalty free videos (with the large majority of this footage avaliable by paid download). However, to draw traffic to their sites they also offer one free clip every week or month. Take advantage of this! Even if the free clip is not useful to you in a current project, download it and store in your media library. You never know when you might have a use for it!

One note, each of these sites does require registering at the site to take advantage of the free download.

17.  iStockPhoto – Free Clip of the Month

18.  Pond5 – Free Clip of the Week

19.  RevoStock – Free Clip of the Week

20.  Always HD - Free Clip of the Week

Videvo

BONUS: VIDEVO

Here’s a new one to enter the free online stock video marketplace:  Videvo is a fantastic new resource for free HD stock video and motion graphics. It’s updated with new content every day and all of its videos are full HD and free for personal and commercial use. This is definitely one to bookmark!

Build up a stock video library with these free online resources!

***Be sure to look at licensing agreements before using this free stock footage and b-roll in your video projects.

Know a site we should add to the list?  Let us know in the comments!!

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  • http://YourSite(Optional) Ale

    And why not try http://www.timetrapvideo.com? There you can find real slow-motion sequences, beautiful and with emotional impact! Not the fake ones created with Adobe or similar softwares. And just with a little contribute!

    • Steven Veldkamp

      Becauuuuseee…. they’re not free? I wouldn’t call 80e exactly cheap. 
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  • 93 Films

    Another Shot of the Week library here: 
    http://93films.blogspot.com/p/free-stock-footage.html

  • Brish

    try to use kozzi.com to download the stock videos you wanted. You can visit the site just make sure you have existing accounts by the way its for free. And aside from that, you can also download the high resolution image you want on that site. Great deal right… 

  • Jonas

    check out http://www.lumiastock.com all free for commercial use

  • Tdizzle

    If you want free motion graphics for any project go to http://www.videvo.net – they also do video footage but there’s more motion graphics clips

    • Aidan

      not sure what you are talking about videvo says they are free until you try to download something waste of time $79 for an 11 second video

      • Alfonzo

        Everything is free on Videvo – the top 3 links take you to Shutterstock, the rest is free

        • mdizzle

          but the have some troubles with the files the offer for free, because they dont own all rights.

  • Steve

    Here’s some free cactus broll.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpsWMfkIVgo

  • http://www.facebook.com/gimmi.dialogo Gimmi Dialogo

    Free video footage from my collection/
    Downloads Royalty Free Stock Footage Video
    http://www.editlw.ru

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  • yeah

    Try something more simplier http://tinyurl.com/meetwealthtoday

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  • vino

    fine and excellent share

  • Michael

    World Clips is no longer free

  • Al

    Free background animations, video intros, Sony Vegas templates.

    Visit: freevideodesigns.blogspot.com

  • Jason Fox

    Thanks for sharing this. You can also get free high quality stock videos on http://www.thestockfootagecompany.com

  • stranger

    Wow! What a great resource! Thank you!

    FYI, VideoBlocks offer thousands of video clips that can be downloaded for FREE for 7 days. You just have to register.

    • stranger 2

      Except they charge your credit card anyway, even if you cancel before the end of the trial period

      • stranger 3

        Close your account before the end of trial period

        • Ingrid Du Preez-Japp

          A lot of these kinds of companies, DON’T cancel (even if you ask them to), but go ahead and charge you! This happened to me too (but not with VideoBlocks). I wanted to do this trial with VideoBlocks, but due to what happened to me before, I was WAY too scared to try out something like that again!

          • stranger

            I got a huge discount when I tried to close my account. Now I use VideoBlocks for just $99 – Unlimited downloads within 1 year! Not bad :)

          • fred

            If your read the fine print in the ToS- Video Blocks official name is Footage Firm. The wording critical to the generous free footage offers is…

            Any free trial or other promotion that provides Registered User level access to the Services must be used within the specified time of the trial. You will be asked for valid credit card information when you sign up for the free trial. We will use the payment information for future subscription fees should you fail to terminate the trial subscription within the timeframe provided by Footage Firm. We will start your 7-day free trial upon completion of your trial signup. You may cancel your trial subscription without charge at any time within 7 days of placing your order. If you do not cancel your free trial subscription within 7 days of the date you start your trial, your subscription will continue automatically and the monthly fee will be billed to the credit card or other billing source provided by you when you signed up for the trial, on the first day of each successive subscription term. Such billing will occur without further notice to you. Should you choose to discontinue your subscription for any reason before expiration of the then applicable subscription term or the trial period, you may cancel your subscription and terminate future billing by calling 866-282-5360. You must cancel your subscription before the end of the trial period in order to avoid being charged a subscription fee. If you cancel prior to the end of the trial period and are inadvertently charged for a subscription, please contact Footage Firm to have the charges reversed.

            Additionally, the company’s address is Footage Firm, Inc., 11160-C1 South Lakes Dr. Suite 262, Reston, VA, United States 20191

        • peter

          yes but you only can download 20 files a day. so 7 days 20 files 0 140 files and not thousands of video clips

          • Jams Bond

            then tell me your credit card number or registration

  • orangehd

    OrangeHD.com offers a lot of full HD footage and video material for both commercial and
    non-commercial purposes. http://www.orangehd.com/

  • orangehd

    OrangeHD offers a lot of full HD footage and video material for both commercial and
    non-commercial purposes. http://www.orangehd.com/

  • stranger 3

    No, if you cancel your account

  • CDRD

    A good alternative to sxc is http://www.rgbstock.com/

  • nobody

    NEO’s and Free stockfootage are both where I started out. I recommend them

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  • Aidan

    i dont beleive any one of these is free they all charge i have signed up to 4 of them

    • Nishant Balgovind

      http://www.videvo.net/browse/Religion

      Try this… few are from Sutterstock website — they will charge you heavy… rest all are from Videvo… and fully HD and fully free just enter your name, mail id and you are good to go… enjoy…

  • Nama Archive

    The true Free Stock footage download website : http://namaarchive.com/category/stock-footage

  • Kittyrules

    There is another great stock website called Stockfootageforfree.com It is amazing! There are many slow motion videos, and many different categories. New videos are uploaded each week, its completely free and most are in HD quality. Although there are many categories, there are not THAT many videos.

  • Oleksandr

    http://www.freemediabank.com is the free source of high-quality stock footage.

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  • http://www.alunablue.com/ Raymond Pettitt

    Great Resource for download Stock Video clips.thanks for sharing .!

    Stock Video

  • MomsVCR

    You can also check out http://www.beachfrontbroll.com, Videezy.com, or http://natureclip.co.nr/

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  • Edward Victoria

    Here I’d like to recommend a good video site, Viki, to watch Korean drama. It really is
    a wonderful site for Korean teleplay’s fans. Because all of its videos are high quality. By the way, if you want to download videos from it, http://www.videoripper.me/ is recommended
    (in fact, it can download video from many video sites.

  • Guest

    I am a new creator and contributor of free content, trying to upload new content whenever I can. Free to use stock footage and images. Hope you find a use for it. http://www.tanurix.com/free-film–picture-stock.html

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