Finding high-quality video clips that you can use for free is a challenge. After all, “You get what you pay for” is a cliche for a reason. That said, within the Creative Commons world, there are some sites striving to provide awesome free content, even for use in commercial projects.
Stampede.it has both video and audio assets that you can use for both personal and commercial projects for free, and they don’t require attribution at all. The selection is somewhat small but is extremely high quality.
You can download video and audio reflecting all sorts of indoor and outdoor situations: at a coffee shop, in an office setting, by the beach, in a forest, and more. Some of the sets have bundled video and audio, while others are just video files that you can use with your own audio tracks.
Pexels also has a decent collection of videos available under Creative Commons licenses that don’t require attribution and can be used for personal or commercial projects. You can search for videos using keywords or browse the most popular videos.
Most clips range from 10 seconds to just over one minute. You’ll find a lot of outdoor footage, whether in city streets or in nature. You’ll also find indoor activities, including mixing cocktails, writing notes, among other videos.
You can actually find Creative Commons video on the world’s biggest video sharing site. To search for creative commons content, just perform a search of what you want to find, and on the search results page click Filters > Creative Commons. You’re probably going to have to sift through a lot of content to find the good stuff since this is not curated in any way.
We cannot emphasize enough that you will need to also make an effort to ensure that the uploader truly does own the rights to the content since there is a lot of content wrongfully uploaded to YouTube under the Creative Commons license.
Also be sure to pay attention to the type of Creative Commons license listed on each video to ensure whether you can use the content in a commercial video or not.
You can also go to your YouTube Editor and search for Creative Commons videos, which you can then remix and adapt right there on the YouTube site. The robust online editing experience YouTube provides makes it easy to take those creative commons clips and make them your own.
Vimeo also has over one million Creative Commons videos that you can use in your personal projects. Vimeo makes it easy to download the videos directly on the website, but it’s also worth ensuring that the uploader does actually own the rights to the video.
Where do you go to find high quality royalty free videos? Do you find that you have to pay for footage or shoot it yourself? Let us know in the comments.
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