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!
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 [Update 8/2015: Site is offline]
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!!