Video content is growing exponentially online and is being consumed more than ever before. Be it marketing, sharing information or entertainment, video is taking all over places.
In this scenario, if you want to stand out from your competitors, you must create best quality videos. Stock footage can help you better communicate your messages through videos without having to spend your time and money on expensive equipment or on getting the best shots.
Stock video footage are basically the video clips or films that are captured by other videographers and are available for you to use for other films or videos. There are many sites (both free and paid) where you can get tons of stock videos to use in your project.
In this post we will be talking about seven best free sites to get free stock videos for any niche. You can use the clips from these websites for free in your video content with or without crediting based on the licensing on the videos.
That is why we will talk about licensing in the next section.
While using video footage from the internet, you must make sure to check the licensing on the footage before using them on your projects. Else you may even end up getting into legal trouble. So you can’t just download a video from the internet and use it in your video. Even if the video is available for public use, there may be rules and restrictions associated with the footage as per the licensing.
Most free stock footages online carry Creative Commons license. To learn all creative commons licenses in brief, check this site.
CC0 is the most preferred and permissive license that exists. Under this licensing you can use the clips for anything without crediting the artist. You can check more about other licensing from the creative commons website. Also make sure to check licensing on the particular clip or website before using any free stock footages from any website.
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Best Free Stock Video Sites
Pexels, a popular free stock photo site has a wide range of free stock videos as well.
All the videos (and photos) available on Pexels are CC0 licensed meaning you can use them in your personal or commercial projects for free and without having to provide credits to the author.
There are videos available in every niche and you can even find 4K quality videos. You can choose the preferred resolution of the video you want to download.
Search results may include premium footage from Shutterstock and the free stock videos are located under those ads so make sure to locate the free clips.
- CC0 Licensed
- 4K Videos available
- Completely free
Coverr is another amazing website with tons of free stock video footages on various niches.
You can use the clips from this site for free in private or commercial use without giving credits to the author.
Coverr has Shutterstock premium videos listed below the free footage, so you must make sure not to click on those. You can search for videos related to your niche and sort by popularity and date of publishing.
If you navigate to the bottom of the home page you can find videos categorised by different popular niches which may be helpful to find free stock videos in bulk related to your niche.
- No signup required
- Check license details here
- Videos on different niches
Pixabay is another well known stock images site which also has lots of free stock videos.
All contents on Pixabay are protected under the Pixabay License, which can allow you to use them in your project without asking for permission and crediting the artist for free.
4K quality videos on almost every topic are available in Pixabay.
You can also get free stock images, vectors and graphic illustrations for your video projects from Pixabay.
- CC0 licensed
- 4K quality videos
- No crediting required
Dareful is a free stock video site with 4K stock video clips which can be used in any way you want without paying a dime.
All the stock video clips are taken by Joel Holland. The footages are protected under CC By 4.0 licensing under which you can use the footages for personal or commercial use but you must provide appropriate credit, link to the license and indicate if any changes were made.
Videvo is another extensive library of stock media content with over 7600 stock footage and motion graphic content.
The contents in Videvo comes with some restrictions though, so you must make sure to check the license on the particular video before downloading and using it in your projects.
Here are all the details about licensing in Videvo. I would suggest you to download and use videos with Videvo Standard License which allows you to use the stock video however you want for free without providing any attribution with the restriction of uploading videos to other stock websites.
Mixkit is a free gallery of video footage, music tracks and also premiere Pro templates. Envato is the company behind Mixkit and you can find high quality assets for your video projects for free with Mixkit.
For assets other than music, they are protected with Mixkit license which allows you to use them in your personal and commercial projects for free without attribution.
All the videos are full HD in quality and available in MP4 formats. The videos can be used for website backgrounds, marketing ads, vlogs or any type of your videos.
The best thing about Mixkit is you get all these without having to sign up for an account.
- No sign up required
- Full HD quality
- No attribution required
Life Of Vids
It is a concise collection of free stock videos that you can use in your video projects for free.
Life Of Vids have video collections on topics like City, Clouds, Drone, Food, Nature, Office, People and Water. All the videos are hosted on Vimeo.
The videos are available for personal as well as commercial use without giving credits to the author (as mentioned on their Vimeo channel’s about section).
It has relatively less number of videos than other stock video sites.
You can find free stock videos on any niche with the websites above.
To be on the safe side always make sure to check licensing on any particular video before using it on your project.