Pretty Much Every Totally Free Piece of Stock Footage and Motion Asset You Could Ever Want
Stock footage gives editors the opportunity to say “Hey cinematographers, we don’t need you! Take your expensive toys and your sunlight and get lost!” But more likely you just need to fill in a few holes or to get some extra assets for effects. And stock footage can easily put a big ol’ hurtin on the wallet. We’ve collected 43 sources for totally free stock footage to give you options when the budget’s gone dry.
Before we begin, let’s talk about licenses. Public Domain and Creative Commons 0 licenses mean that the images can be used, without attribution, however you so please. Creative Commons 3.o licenses vary by the creator’s wishes. They almost all require attribution, some have additional restrictions such as No Commercial Use, No Derivatives, and Share Alike. Follow the rules! Someone is allowing you to use their work for free, thank them by using it how they requested.
Pexels Video– Creative Commons 0-
You know that site that has some pretty boss CC0 photos? They have a video site, too.
Pixabay– Creative Commons 0-
You know that other site, the one with pretty ok photos? They do video, too, and the videos appear to be, on average, of higher quality than the photos.
MotionArray– Creative Commons 0…?-
A royalty-free subscription service that has footage, motion assets, and graphics templates. Select items can be downloaded with a free account.
Mitch Martinez– Essentially Creative Commons 0-
High quality clips provided by a DP. Footage may be used in commercial projects but you must obtain a release, for which it there does not appear to be a limit or cost.
Vidlery– Public Domain-
A collection of animations, intended as website backgrounds, but free to do with as you like.
Life of Vids– Creative Commons 0-
About 250 searchable clips that are free to use without restriction.
Mazwai– Creative Commons 0…?-
A smaller but still worthwhile gallery of clips. Their about page doesn’t work correctly, but other sources seem to indicate the clips are licensed under CC0
Free HD Footage– Creative Commons 0-
A collection of free footage with no restrictions on use.
Stock Footage for Free– Creative Commons 0-
A selection of free footage, sponsored by a footage subscription service.
Motion Backgrounds for Free– Creative Commons 0-
Motion backgrounds and effect assets, provided by the same sponsor as Stock Footage for Free.
Beeple– Creative Commons 0-
A collection of high quality 3d animations by Mike Winkleman. He provides both the finished renders and the project files to use as you see fit.
IgniteMotion– Creative Commons 0-
A gallery of footage and effect assets, free to download and use without attribution.
Motion Elements– Essentially Creative Commons 0-
A source for royalty free footage, after effects templates, 3d models, and other motion assets. They give away 30 elements for free every week, but you can find many more by searching and sorting by price Low to High. Any free clips or elements will show up first.
Downloops– Essentially Creative Commons 0-
Motion backgrounds available for free with the typical minor restrictions.
Movie Tools– Essentially Creative Commons 0…?-
A collection of video backgrounds and motion elements. The FAQ says they are for non-commercial use, but the license agreement provides no such restrictions, so long as you do not redistribute the elements.
Hubble– Creative Commons 0….?-
A series of completed content from the Hubble telescope program. A CC link denotes that it is provided via creative commons, but the exact licensing isn’t provided. You may want to offer attribution to be safe.
Cute Stock Footage– Essentially Creative Commons 0-
A stock site with a library of free footage. License is similar to CC0, but contains some common sense restrictions.
Free HD Stock Footage– Creative Commons 0…?-
A vimeo group dedicated to sharing free footage. There are no license details but states ‘use freely’ in multiple places, which might be interpreted as CC0.
Videvo– Creative Commons 0, or 3.0 with attribution-
A library of stock footage, standard license is CC0 while some clips require attribution.
Open Video Project– Public Domain, Creative Commons 4, No Commercial Use-
A collection of clips from various sources, including many US government agencies. The website says the clips are free to download but do not provide any licensing with them. They suggest not using the clips in commercial projects without obtaining a license. Judging by the sources, some clips may be public domain or have easily obtainable licenses.
Clip Canvas– Creative Commons 0…?-
A site with a collection of free footage. Not licensed under CC0, but the license agreement does not seem to mention commercial use or attribution, so it appears to have a similar license.
HD-Trainings– Creative Commons 0-
A Geman site that provides free footage and effect assets.
Wave Break Media– Creative Commons 0-
A selection of footage, images and templates made available for free every month.
Give Me Free Art– Essentially Creative Commons 0-
Animations, textures, and backgrounds that are free to use with one restriction: you can’t make the files available for download anywhere else.
Footage Crate– Creative Commons 3, Attribution-
A library of animation and effect assets.
Beach Front B roll– Creative Commons 3, Attribution-
A blog of free footage, organized by category.
monzoom– Creative Commons 0…?-
An effects and asset site that contains a free section. The license agreement contains only minor restrictions on use and doesn’t specify a difference for free assets.
Splasheo– Creative Commons 0…?-
A selection of ‘view booster’ animations for social media, provided as videos and not customizable. Fair warning, some of them are exceedingly stupid.
Free Loops– Essentially Creative Commons 0-
Providing video loops, including 10 a day for free.
Videezy– Licences Vary-
This video community hosts free footage with a variety of licenses, including CC0.
Flickr– Licences Vary-
The popular photo sharing site allows users to license their work under creative commons, including video. All the videos require attribution, but the advanced search function allows you to search for other license parameters.
Xstockvideo– Proprietary License-
A stock site that provides web resolution versions of videos for free. It can be used in commercial projects so long as those projects are ‘free to watch’.
Vidsplay– Creative Commons 3, Attribution-
A searchable collection of free stock footage
Tanuri Experement– Creative Commons 3.0, attribution-
A collection of stock footage, organized by category.
Pond 5– Public Domain-
Pond 5 is probably best known for selling stock footage, but they also play host to a large selection of public domain videos.
The Stocks– Creative Commons 0…?-
A single site that acts as a portal to many free footage sites, as well as sites for images, audio, icons and fonts.
Allthestock– Creative Commons 0-
A collection of sites that offer CC0 videos, images, music, and web development assets.
SplitShire– Essentially Creative Commons 0-
A few videos and hundreds of photos under a license that is essentially creative commons 0, but does not allow footage to be sold.
OrangeHD– Creative Commons 3, No commercial use-
A collection of HD footage free to download and use, but prohibited for commercial use.
Wikimedia Commons– Public Domain-
The popular reference site provides various public domain media, including video.
Library of Congress– Public Domain-
The LoC collection contains a searchable archive of clips they believe to be public domain, but are crazy paranoid about accidentally including something else: “While the Library is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17, U.S.C.) or any other restrictions in the materials in the Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies, there may be content protected as “works for hire” (copyright may be held by the party that commissioned the original work) and/or under the copyright or neighboring-rights laws of other nations.”
National Park Service– Public Domain-
The NPS provides a large collection of footage of their various parks and landmarks. Everything downloadable is public domain, but the NPS maintains that it can not be used to appear that the NPS endorses any product or company.
Archive– Public Domain-
Archive provides a searchable resource for public domain footage, as well as images and music.