Not just free as in “royalty free”, but costs 500$ a 10 second shot, but as in free, no money asked, not now, not ever, download, use, reuse, be happy, share with others. Being involved in a video-contest project, I suddenly faced an uncharted territory, one that I had next to no knowledge about before, and that was free to use footage. Now, if you start Googling it, you’ll find quite enough information and links about free footage. However doing that has a catch. The keywords for searching such videos are usually “free”, “footage”, “stock”, “videos”. As it extremely rarely happens, these keywords will cause you a whole lot of trouble, disappointment and head-ache. Google uses the word “free” and associates it with “royalty-free”, the source of all problems. In probably 90-95% of the case, those are NOT free stock videos, but premium royalty-free footage. Not the same thing! To help you out, I decided to share the links that take you to REAL free and high quality, often HD stock footage. Enjoy, and if you do end up using videos from these pages, I’d be really happy to see a link in a comment down below this article linking to your work.
- Clipcanvas: besides their premium stock, they offer quite a number of free videos as well. High quality and HD. Free user account needed. (No credit card details and such.)
- Stockfootageforfree: besides their premium stock, they offer quite a number of free videos and sound as well. High quality and HD. Free user account needed. (No credit card details and such.)
- Partnersinrhyme: pretty unorganized, hard to get around, but they do have free videos and music as well. Quality varies from SD to HD
- Vidsplay: not too many, but still great shots to choose from. All stock seems to be of at least 720p.
- Givemefreeart: free 3D animations, those really cool ones we all drool for. Impressive personal collection all provided for free. Free user account needed. (No credit card details and such.)
- Motionelements: 12 pages of free HD stock footage.
- Pond5: their free items in one place. HD videos, soundtrack and sfx.
- Worldclips: free stock footage from (almost) all around the World. Mostly high quality and HD.