If you are like me and you love to create videos or movies, but you don't always find it that easy. I would challenge a guess that the main problems are the type of footage you need in order to make your film, as well as the cost needed to create a shot. While shooting stuff yourself is always an option, there isn't always the time, or even the particular location or type of shot you need for the vision you have for your movie. Most of the time there also isn't the money available to put together a production crew to shoot a particular shot.
So what are the options? Well there are numerous sites where one can purchase footage, with various options when it comes to subject matter. The quality of the footage is also almost always top notch and would certainly improve the production value of your film no doubt. But the second problem then still exists, the cost to purchase the content. While the cost to purchase many of these clips isn't exorbitant, not everyone has a budget to purchase a few good quality clips.
So are there any Free stock footage sites out there, and I am glad to announce Yup! But the more appropriate question would be are there any GOOD Free stock footage sites out there? Again I am glad to say - Hell Yeah! So below I have listed a number of websites I have come across that I would be happy to list and rate from 1 - 4 (Best to Not Bad).
Before I begin I would like to remind the reader that I have also created a section to my site where I offer some of my video and images created for Free. check out this link to see more - http://www.tanurix.com/free-film--picture-stock.html
I also continue to update these pages with new content whenever I can. I hope you enjoy and can use.
Through my searches I have come across videvo, and quite happily rate them at number one on my list. The reason is quite clear when you visit the site. It is great looking, easy to use website with phenomenal quality content especially when you consider all the footage is free to download and use in your projects. Not only do they offer video clips but they have motion graphics as options to use for free as well.
Not only can you download content but should you have footage of your own you can become a contributor as well. Offer some of your content to be used by the users of the site. The site administrators are also very good in their support should you have any technical issues, as well as simply keeping a member up to date on new additions to their library. It creates a sort of community of like minded individuals helping one another out, and should you need a specific clip give them an ask I am sure they would happily respond and see what they can do.
Now don't be surprised they do have links and ads for shutterstock, which I find on many of the other sites listed here as well. This also includes the top 3 - 6 clip options when searching clips, which are shutterstock clips that link you to the shutterstock website. These clip thumbnails always look good, and it does lead you to a site where you have to pay. But hey, videvo needs to make some money somehow, and you are not obligated to click on those links anyhow.
2. Motion Elements
Similar to Videvo, Motion Elements offer free stock footage on their site. Although they are not predominantly a Free stock footage website. Meaning that their main and sole purpose is to sell stock footage. But they have been added to this list because of the free content they do offer, and you do need to register but you do not have to provide any credit card information. Unless of course you choose to purchase one of the required to pay for clips.
There is a limit to the number of free clips you can download per day, and with the number of free clips limited to possibly around 400, the number of free clips is not too large. I also noted that a large majority if the free stock consists of motion graphics, with only a few actual free footage clips on offer. On occasion you may find a stipulation to some free clips, namely you may only download the lowest resolution clip for free where all higher resolutions require a payment.
But overall there are some free clips worth downloading, or that you may find you can use. The free motion graphics options are numerous, and there is always a use for motion graphics so check it.
When I first visited videezy I got a very Videvo kind of vibe and feel about this site. From the registration to the video upload it all feels very similar. Videvo on the other hand just feels smoother in design, better functionality wise, a greater quantity of clips and the quality of the content offered on videvo seems just a little better - but not by much. which is why it is rated below videvo on my list. But the main criteria of this list being quality clips and FREE is covered, and done so quite well.
One annoying aspect of the site is the video playback of all downloadable content. I always seem to have difficulty trying to play a video, which is obviously important as I would like to view the content before choosing to download it. Which is where I did find an interesting phenomenon with almost all the videos I tried to look at, there download numbers were far greater than the view numbers for most videos. In one case a video had 0 views, but 153 downloads - to see what I mean - http://www.videezy.com/arts-and-culture/1180-make-up-tool
I have also had difficulty just trying to download clips before, and the lack of info on what license is applicable for a particular video is quite annoying should one want to actually follow the license requirements.
Even though it is very similar to videvo in most cases, the problems mentioned above are why I placed it at 3 on my list. But I still consider it a good site for Free stock footage as the options are quite numerous and fall within quite a number of different categories.
Beach front B-Roll, is just your average cinematographer offering some of his random, and some specific footage for free. The quality of his footage is quite good, and his various unique footage options could be just the look you need for your specific media project.
No catches here it's all free, just watch a youtube link of the clip and if you like it - click download. The quantity of content available is limited, but the quality of his offering is what places Beach Front B-Roll at number 4 on my list. A solo operator such as myself, with some good quality content. A donation button is present throughout, so if you find you can, help out ensuring BB Roll can continue to offer high quality content for free.
Cute stock footage is I guess just that. It's cute, offers a few clips for free but appears to focus largely on motion graphics. This is a site where the majority of items must be paid for, but by simply clicking on the FREE link below the advertising block on the home page will take you to their free video options. These options can be counted on a single page, so not too many on offer here, so was not worth my while registering with the site.
The name says it all, and put even better is the sentence below the logo on the site itself which best describes this site and it's offering, I quote - "This is just some fun shit I have shot on some cool toys. Nothing fancy here just free"
Not much to offer, but hey it's free and there may even be some clips you need. Who knows check it out.
Another simple site offering a few free video clips, various clips that fall in various categories. With a simple layout structure it's not too easy to find specific content. Regardless though some of the content is quite good and with the videos falling within various categories surely something you are looking for could be found here. Check it out just to be sure.
Although there are countless websites offering free content in some form, some of which I may have missed in my searching. The above 4 would constitute my 4 listed top free stock footage sites with the emphasis being on FREE and quality. With a few extra other random sites added for good measure.
My name is Yuri, and I am just a regular Joe who loves travel and adventure. I am lucky enough to do it with the woman of my dreams Tania. I love weird and wonderful things, which will always be present in any of my writings or blog posts.