Looking for free stock video clips for your next project? Here are 16 of the best FREE stock video websites!
Whether you’re working on a commercial campaign, a corporate video, or a low-budget indie, incorporating stock video into your project can really elevate your final product. Here are a handful of sites from around the web that just might have the shot you need — for FREE!
Videezy is a fantastic resource for free HD stock video. They have thousands of clips from a global network of footage creators. Speaking of those creators, Videezy has a very active community of videographers who are always willing to talk shop.
Looking for explosions, smoke streams, or blood splatters? Detonation 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 an HD frame. Added bonus — Some of the effects are pre-keyed.
Movietools is a great resource for background and graphic video elements. From technical to fantasy, these backgrounds would look great behind titles or in video reports. Be sure to check out their large selection of video loops as well!
Since the mid 90s, Archive.org has been a digital repository for all sorts of digital media. Archive.org has 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.
5. Pexels Video
All of the clips offered by Pexels Videos are totally free, high definition, and available under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. You can manipulate them however you see fit and use them in any type of project you can imagine — even commercial.
X Stock offers high resolution clips, but suffers in terms of variety of subject matter. Most stock footage on the site is available 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.
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. As an added bonus, some of the clips on the site have a shot list provided, making it easy to track down exactly what you’re looking for.
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 nature, seasons, and animals. One note: the video on the site are all PAL format and would need to be converted if your intended use is NTSC.
Pixabay isn’t just for finding free stock footage and photos — you can also add your own original work to their growing library. Find the perfect free clip for your next social media push or email blast.
VidsPlay only has a small number of clips, but what they do have is top quality. Although available in both 720 and 1080, many of the clips on this site are in the AVI format and will need to be converted to use in Final Cut Pro.
Although some of the videos on the site teeter toward amateurish, they do feature a large variety of animals. Sections on the site include wildlife, pets, and marine life. If you’re looking for a free animal-specific clip, you’ll likely find it here.
Video Copilot is not a stock specific site, but they did recently release a stock pack for free! The pack has 20 elements and textures, all high quality. Even if you don’t have a need for it now, this is one pack to download and keep in your editing toolbox.
13. Wikimedia Videos
Similar to Archive.org, Wikimedia Commons is an online library 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 — though the search functionality is somewhat limited.
Hollywood Camera Work offers green screen plates that are perfect for experimentation and honing your compositing skills! These clips are perfect for educators and for individuals looking to improve their post-production expertise.
15. iMovies Archive
iMovies has picked out a number of the most iconic public domain films and made them available for download. Check out random clips from classic horror and sci-fi movies like Metropolis and Nosferatu!
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.
Shutterstock’s stock video isn’t free, but the company’s wildly diverse footage collection is a fantastic resource for anyone in the video production game. If your project has a budget, Shutterstock’s assets have the power to up your production value in an instant.
Know of any free stock video sites we missed? Share them in the comments below!