Top Picks: 20 Free Stock Video Sites with Breathtaking Footage (2019)10 min read

Did you know that some stock videos on Pond5 can cost as much as 1200$?

Even for prominent services such as Shutterstock, it will cost you 359$ per month to get access to just 5 videos.

If you’re a startup, you cannot afford to spend that kind of money on just a few videos.

The question is, how do you find stock videos that won’t break the bank?

Don’t be alarmed by the cost of stock videos, there’s a growing wealth of free stock video sites that offer amazing, professional stock video footage for free.

In this article, we’ve compiled a list of all the best free stock video sites to help you find amazing stock footage for your video marketing campaigns.

20 of the Best Free Stock Video Sites to Check Out for Your Next Video Project

1. Pixabay

Pixabay

Site: Pixabay

A huge library of high-quality stock videos that are completely free to download and use.

  • License? Videos are free for personal or commercial use without attribution. This means you can modify and use the videos for personal or commercial purposes without asking for permission or giving credit.
  • Features? Powerful search functionality and video previews on hover.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mp4 format.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4K)? Yes, a fairly large collection of 4k videos.
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? Yes.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? No, not required.

2. Pexels

Pexels

Site: Pexels

A large collection of free high-definition stock video clips in plenty of categories.

  • License? Videos are free for personal or commercial use without attribution.
  • Features? Search functionality and video previews on hover.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mp4 format.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4K)? No.
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? Yes.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? No, not required.

3. Videvo

Videvo

Site: Videvo

Videvo offers over 120,000 free stock videos, motion graphics and sound effects.

  • License? Videos on Videvo fall under one of the three licenses:
    Videvo Royalty Free License: Lets you use the videos in personal or commercial projects without attribution.
    Videvo Attribution License: Lets you use the videos in personal or commercial projects, but requires you to credit the video’s creator.
    Creative Commons 3.0 Unported: Lets you use the videos for personal or commercial projects but requires you to credit the creator and indicate if you’ve made any changes.
    Check out their licensing guidelines to learn how to credit a video’s creator and to know more about the licensing and usage of videos.
  • Features? Robust search functionality and video previews on hover.
  • Downloadable Format? Some videos are provided in mp4 format while others in QuickTime format.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4K)? Yes, a small selection of 4k videos
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? No.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? No, not required.

4. Videezy

Videezy

Site: Videezy

Videezy offers a wide range of free HD, 4K stock videos, including great aerial drone footage.

  • License? Videos are free for personal or commercial use with attribution. You must visibly add a credit link to “Videezy.com” on your website.
  • Features? Effective search functionality and video previews on hover.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mp4 and mov formats.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4K)? Yes, the site has a good selection of 4k clips.
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? No.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? No, not required.

5. Coverr

Coverr

Site: Coverr

Coverr offers free stock footage for your website’s homepage or Facebook cover photo.

  • License? Videos are free for personal or commercial use without attribution.
  • Features? Search functionality and video previews on click.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mp4 format.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4K)? No.
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? No.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? No, not required.
  • 7 new videos are added every week.
  • A separate category for vertical videos.

6. MixKit

MixKit

Site: MixKit

MixKit offers free high-definition, incredible quality stock footage, outdoor clips, animations, lifestyle footage, and business & tech footage.

  • License? Videos are free for personal or commercial use without attribution.
  • Features? No search functionality and video previews on hover.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mp4 format.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4K)? No.
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? No.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? No, not required.
  • 10 new clips are added every week.

7. Life of Vids

Life of Vids

Site: Life Of Vids

A relatively small, but great collection of free high-quality stock videos for marketing purposes.

  • License? Videos are free for personal or commercial use without attribution.
  • Features? Search functionality and video previews on click.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mp4 format.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4K)? Yes.
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? Yes.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? No, not required.
  • New content is added on a weekly basis.

8. Mitch Martinez

Mitch Martinez

Site: Mitch Martinez

With 35+ categories to choose from, Mitch Martinez offers 1500+ free stock videos in 4k resolution.

  • License? Videos are free for personal or commercial use without attribution, unless it’s a seriously high budget production.
  • Features? No search functionality and video previews on click.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mp4 format.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4K)? Yes, almost all the videos are in 4k resolution, with only a very few in 2k resolution.
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? No.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? No, not required.

9. Motion Elements

Motion Elements

Site: Motion Elements

Motion Elements Offers upwards of 4000+ free professional-quality stock footage.

  • License for ‘free’ videos? You can use the videos for personal or commercial projects without attribution
  • Features? Robust search functionality and video previews on hover.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mp4, mov, and quicktime formats.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4K)? Yes, small collection (190+) of free videos in 4k resolution.
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? No.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? Yes, email is required to download videos.

10. Stock Footage 4 Free

Stock Footage 4 Free

Site: Stock Footage 4 Free

The site offers a wide variety of free stock videos, from nature clips, time-lapse videos to looping clips and slow-motion footage.

  • License? Videos are free for personal or commercial use without attribution, unless it’s a seriously high budget production.
  • Features? Search functionality and video previews on click.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mov format.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4K)? No.
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? No.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? Yes, you need to sign up to download the videos.

11. Vidsplay

Vidsplay

Site: Vidsplay

Vidsplay offers a small number of generic free stock video clips in twenty one categories.

  • License? Videos are free for personal or commercial use with attribution. You must visibly add a credit link to “Vidsplay.com” on your website.
  • Features? Search functionality and video previews on click.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mp4 format.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4K)? No.
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? No.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? No, not required.
  • Site is added with new content on a weekly basis.

12. Mazwai

Mazwai

Site: Mazwai

Mazwai offers 200+ free cinematic stock video clips and mini-films.

  • License? Videos are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0. This means, you’re free to use the videos for personal and commercial projects but you need to credit the creator and indicate if you’ve made any changes.
  • Features? No search functionality and video previews on hover.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mp4 format.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4K)? No.
  • Ability to Download videos in a Choice of Resolutions? No.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? No, not required.
  • The site gives you the ability to trim the videos before downloading them.

13. Motion Places

Motion Places

Site: Motion Places

A fairly large library of free professional, high-definition stock videos that are primarily country footage.

  • License? Videos are free for personal or commercial use with attribution. You must visibly add a credit link to “MotionPlaces.com” on your website.
  • Features? Search functionality and video previews on click.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mp4 format.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4k)? Yes, but you need to pay $99 to get a video in 4k resolution.
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? No.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? Yes, email is required to download videos.

14. Freestock

Freestock

Site: Freestock

Freestock offers free high-definition stock videos, industrial footage, corporate video assets, food clips, and green screen videos.

  • License? Videos are free for personal or commercial use with attribution. Check out Freestock’s licensing guidelines to learn how to credit the author and to know more about the usage of videos.
  • Features? Search functionality and video previews on hover.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mp4, webm and gif formats.
  • High-definition? No.
  • Ultra HD (4K)? No.
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? No.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? No, not required.

15. Cute Stock Footage

Cute Stock Footage

Site: Cute Stock Footage

A wide range of free stock video footage, motion effects, audio effects and textures.

  • License? Videos are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 4.0 International License. This means, you can modify and use the videos for your personal projects with attribution (credit the creator and indicate if you’ve made any changes), but you’re not allowed to use the videos in commercial projects.
    If you were to use their videos for your personal projects, you must visibly add a credit link to “CuteStockFootage.com.” on your website.
  • Features? Search functionality and video previews on click.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mp4 format.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4K)? No.
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? No.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? No, not required.

16. Archive

Archive

Site: Archive

Archive offers free stock videos that are mostly old Americana and culture-based films (American B-movies, commercials).

  • License? Videos are free for personal or commercial use without attribution.
  • Features? Search functionality and video previews on click.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mp4, ogg, quicktime and various other video formats.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4K)? No.
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? No.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? No, not required.

17. Splitshire

Splitshire

Site: Splitshire

A small and beautiful collection of free stock videos that are primarily drone footage.

  • License? Videos are free for personal or commercial use without attribution.
  • Features? No search functionality and video previews on click.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mp4 format.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4K)? No.
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? No.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? No, not required.

18. XStockVideo

XStockVideo

Site: XStockVideo

A library of 600+ unique free stock video clips across nine categories.

  • License? Free for personal projects without attribution. For commercial projects, you can buy an extended license for a small fee.
  • Features? No search functionality and video previews only by download.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mov format.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4k)? No.
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? Yes.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? No, not required.

19. OrangeHD

OrangeHD

Site: OrangeHD

A small library of free high-definition stock footage across seventeen categories.

  • License? Videos are licensed under the Creative Commons NonCommercial 4.0 International. This means, you can modify and use the videos for your personal projects with attribution (credit the creator and indicate if you’ve made any changes), but you’re not allowed to use the videos in commercial projects.
  • Features? Search functionality and video previews on click.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mp4 format.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4K)? No.
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? No.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? No, not required.

20. Distill

Distill

Site: Distill

Distill provides email subscribers with 10 free HD stock videos every 10 days.

  • License? Videos are free for personal or commercial use without attribution.
  • Features? None.
  • Downloadable Format? Videos are provided in mp4 format.
  • High-definition? Yes.
  • Ultra HD (4K)? No.
  • Ability to Download Videos in a Choice of Resolutions? No.
  • Sign up/Email Required to Download Videos? Yes, email is required to download videos.

Pragadeesh N
 

Pragadeesh is a developer turned marketer, currently working as a content marketer at Animaker - a drag-and-drop video making tool that lets anyone create engaging animated videos using pre-made templates and ready-to-go assets with zero technical skills.

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