As video become more and more prevalent online, the need to download free HD videos increases. Maybe you’re an amateur editor. Maybe you require short clips for a video presentation, but don’t want to deal with pesky copyright issues. Fortunately, there are all sorts of free stock sites out there.
Whatever your needs, read on to find the best free stock video websites available online!
Pexels Videos, from the creators of the wildly successful stock photography website Pexels, hosts high-quality stock video footage. Offering everything from moving subjects to landscapes, it’s a truly impressive assembly of video.
And because it aggregates videos from the other sites on this list, you can find an even wider variety than you can elsewhere.
The fact that the videos are completely free only adds to Pexel’s impressiveness.
“Pexels Videos offers completely free videos. All videos are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means you can edit or change the videos and use them free for personal and even for commercial projects. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So that attribution is not required.”
If you don’t find the particular clip you’re looking for, you’ll surely find a better one.
Coverr is meant to provide covers for website headlines. It does that, while also providing users with beautiful stock video footage available for download. Since the videos are meant to act as web media, downloading a video will provide you with multiple video formats along with an image file.
What more can you ask for? And it’s all free!
“All Videos published on Coverr.co can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the Videographer or Coverr.co, although it is appreciated when possible.”
On top of what’s provided, Coverr also allows users to view the video they’ve chosen as a cover in the website. If you need a coder or a custom video, they also provide that information after you’ve downloaded your video. All in all, it’s a one-stop shop for everything a growing company would need in web video and design.
Another fantastic stock photography website turned stock video savior, Pixabay hosts a variety of free stock videos. The caliber of Pixabay’s videos matches that of their photographs: fantastic and wide-ranging.
From beautiful landscapes to cityscapes, you’re sure to find something you’d like.
“Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist — even for commercial purposes.”
You can also head to the Editor’s Choice section to view the very best Pixabay has to offer.
Videvo does one thing and one thing well: stockpile as many high-quality stock videos as they can for you to download. Not only are their videos impressive, their library size and amount of categories almost certainly ensures you’ll find what you need.
Keep in mind that while all of Videvo’s clips are free to download and use, they don’t all use the same licensing type. Refer to their FAQ page for more information concerning licensing.
“All the clips we host on Videvo.net are completely free to download — you can download unlimited free video clips and use these in your projects. The only thing we ask is that you share your experience via social media, although this is not compulsory.”
Nevertheless, most of these clips are free to download, use, edit, and share in whatever project you’re working on.
5. Life of Vids
Life of Vids curates fantastic, high-quality footage of city and country landscapes via the awesome video platform Vimeo rather than hosting the video on the website itself.
But don’t let the lack of proprietary video fool you. Life of Vids carries tons of fantastic footage.
It also adds new videos weekly and allows users to contribute to the site. The creators of Life of Vids also host a fantastic stock photograph repository called Life of Pix, which delivers the same high quality as their videos.
“FREE ROYALTY-FREE VIDEOS, CLIPS & LOOPS, NO COPYRIGHTS RESTRICTIONS. HIGH RESOLUTION FILES CAN BE DOWNLOADED ON OUR VIMEO ACCOUNT. NEW VIDEOS ADDED WEEKLY! MORE ON VIMEO. HAND-MADE WITH LOVE BY LEEROY ADVERTISING AGENCY IN MONTREAL & ITS NETWORK OF CONTRIBUTORS.”
Life of Vids is yet another one of those fantastic, and still growing, resources that’s great to have when you’re strapped for footage.
6. Distill Beta
Distill, though in beta mode, provides users with a fantastic repository spanning a few key genres. Some videos are so high-quality that they’re borderline cinematic. That’s how you know the curators care about releasing only the best stock videos at their disposal.
You can also sign up for Distill’s curated new videos so you’ll receive 10 new HD videos every 10 days for free. In short: Distill Beta has some of the best, free video clips available online, and it’s only growing.
It’s still in beta, so features on the site are lacking, and there’s no specific declaration of usage rights. Even so, this is one of the best sites out there for amazing stock video.
Download and Edit, Freely!
It’s tough getting around paid stock footage, not to mention obscure copyright laws. At least, it was. Now you have a list of resources which are growing by the week to provide you high-quality stock videos for free! If you’re hungry for beautiful stock photography rather than video, we’ve got that covered as well.
Do you have any stock video websites we missed? Let us know in the comments below!
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