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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Not much to offer, but hey it's free and there may even be some clips you need. Who knows check it out.