2016 was the year of introducing video into your marketing mix. In 2017 video is predicted to top all other types of communication for engagement so whether your focus is intro and outros, educations or memes, you can totally pimp the look and feel of your posts by adding video and audio. Let’s face it – resources like this can be pretty expensive so we’ve compiled a list of our fave resources for freebies & cheapies.
Wherever you get your videos and audio, remember to check the copyright license before using them … CC0 is the most flexible license, but if you’re unsure of the license, my advice is just don’t use it.
If you’d rather be safe than sorry, there is a small list of paid video libraries at the bottom of the page.
little side note: this list of free stock libraries is a permanent work in progress, if you have a favorite free video and audio site, please let us know in the comments at the bottom of the post so we can add it.
⭐ no | ⭐⭐ sometimes (be sure to check) | ⭐⭐⭐ always
‘free’ stock libraries
cute stock footage
⭐ Cute Stock Footage is a source of quality HD footages for free.
⭐ Distill is a curated stock video platform which offers free high-quality videos and clips that you can use for personal, professional and commercial use as it is under Creative Commons License Zero. The site also offers 10 free HD videos every 10 days.
CHEAPIES: Very affordable collection of over 163,000 royalty free videos can be found at the Envato marketplace (Video Hive), priced from $8.
⭐⭐⭐ Mazwai contains a collection of HD videos that can be easily downloaded for personal and professional use. No registration or subscription needed. However, all videos are under the public domain or Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 3.0) so the video author should always be credited.
stock footage for free
⭐ As per their website, Stock Footage for Free is dedicated to providing completely free stock footage and stock video from around the world. The HD footages with pixel size of 1920 x 1080 pixels (16:9) can be downloaded 100% royalty free ergo no charges.
The website is also a source for Royalty-Free Music.
⭐ Videvo has over 2,000 completely free HD stock footage and motion graphics for any project.
Video Blocks has large collection of royalty free videos that are ideal for video backgrounds, spread across many categories, with prices starting at $49 and annual pricing plans available.
I Stock Photo
IStockPhoto has premium, high quality stock video, covering a range of categories. Buy credits or a monthly subscription
Pond5 offers a wide-array of royalty-free stock videos of different file formats – 4K, HD and 360.
Dissolve license stock video clips for use in commercials, television shows, documentaries, and feature films.
Site also contains stock photography.