Top 16 Royalty-Free Stock Video Sites to Check Out in 2021

Stock videos are good quality, royalty-free short clips that can be used in different film-making, business, or personal projects.

Assets like these come in handy when you run into some problems with video production. For example, you may not have been able to capture shots in remote or far-off places.

Under such circumstances, well-placed fragments of free stock videos can really bring your video projects to life.

To help you out, we’ve put together a list of top websites that supply a variety of good-quality free stock videos.

So, if you are looking to add city landscape or wildlife clips, you visit these websites to get your hands-on stock video snippets for your next presentation, in-house meeting, or client video project.

 

Pexels

Credits: pexels.com

 

Pexels is considered to be one of the top stock video databases.

Pexels offers HD and 4K videos that are free to use and free to edit. In fact, they don’t even require any attribution to the contributor.

Pexels should be your go-to stop for stock photos as well because they offer a premium quality selection on their website.

So, you are in luck if your project also requires adding some photographs which you cannot usually capture.

 

Pixabay

Credits: pixabay.com

 

Pixabay also releases footage under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) License, which means all of the videos are free to use, edit, and do not require attribution.

Pixabay has over 1.2 million HD videos and images in its database.

There is also a limited collection of 4K videos, motion graphics, illustrations, and music clips. Generally, the Pixabay video is under a minute long.

 

Shutterstock

Credits: shutterstock.com

 

Shutterstock is one of the most used platforms for stock videos. Most businesses use Shutterstock to purchase high-quality 4K and HD licensed videos.

Clips can be searched through various attributes such as frame rates, resolution, and length.

The video library gets fresh content every week. There are several categories that make your overall website experience smooth and quick.

 

Dareful

Credits: dareful.com

 

Dareful is largely focused on providing quality rather than quantity. There is an amazing collection of high-quality 4K clips of landscapes and looping backdrops.

In order to download a clip, all you need to do is just click the button. Dareful offers a detailed description of the video.

Since it takes a long time to download one video, a detailed description will give you the right idea.

Read more: Best Video Editing Software for Beginners

 

Videezy

Credits: videezy.com

 

Videezy is another platform for 4K quality footage which includes aerial drone shots and abstract clips rendered using Adobe After Effects. You can easily find videos through multiple categories.

Videezy requires users to give credit to them when using their video in the projects, but they are still free to use it for personal and commercial purposes.

In the search results, videos with a green Pro tag require credit cards and are paid options.

The first two rows are also Shutterstock sponsored clips which also ask for a paid membership to download.

 

Clipstill

Credits: clipstill.com

 

Clipstill is devoted to cinemagraphs only, which means still photos that contain animation playing on loop.

Cinemagraphs easily grab the viewer’s attention.

Clipstill offers limited free cinemagraphs that change every month.

Other than that, users will need to pay a one-off $49 fee for lifetime access to their premium quality clips, which isn’t much for their striking and exceptional content.

 

Videvo

 

Videvo is a one-stop-shop for free stock videos, motion graphics, music, and soundtracks. Their library includes thousands of options to choose from.

The top row in the search results is sponsored premium content from advertisers such as Shutterstock.

It has hassle-free licensing, but videos fall under three types of licenses:

  • Standard License lets you use the clips in personal projects without any credit.
  • Attribution License also lets you use the clips for personal projects but requires you to credit clip’s creator.
  • Creative Commons 3.0 Unported lets you share and adapt the clip, but you have to attribute the creator and indicate any changes made in the original clip

There is also a limited collection of 4K footage. To know more about Videvo’s premium plans, check this out.

 

Splitshire

Credits: splitshire.com

 

Splitshire was designer Daniel Nanescu’s brainchild. His aim was to offer free videos and photos for everyone who needed them for commercial or personal use.

All of the content you can find on Splitshire is the work of Daniel Nanescu which makes it quite unique and compelling.

Most of the videos and photos are aerial drone shots of outdoor life and scenery. Splitshire highly discourages the use of its content in inappropriate ways such as violence, racism, and discrimination.

 

Pond5

Credits: pond5.com

 

Pond5 is a very reputable royalty-free stock video agency that provides top-notch quality stock video content for users.

They host a large library of exclusive clips, photos, music, sounds effects, and 3D models. There are countless categories to search from.

They also have a selection of editorial-use-only stock video content. Their price range varies depending on the type of video. They have over 8 million footage files in their database.

 

Videohive

Credits: videohive.net

 

Videohive, part of Envato, is a low-cost stock footage site. They have around 1,580,515 video clips with different qualities ranging from 720p to 4K.

Their prices also vary from $4 to $200 depending on the resolution, length, commercial value, and production value.

Videohive uses royalty-free licenses, but with a catch: the default option covers use in one single project, and for multiple uses, you have to pay a certain price.

Related: Should Your Business Use Videohive to make Videos?

 

Dissolve

Credits: dissolve.com

 

Dissolve sets itself apart from many stock footage websites with its ‘theme’ search-ability.

Users can easily get their hands-on different video clips by selecting from different themes like ‘in the distance’, ‘it’s all in the details’ or ‘symmetry’.

Dissolve’s clips are priced by quality. From as low as $29, the price goes up to $549 if you are looking for 4K footages.

 

Artgrid

 

Artgrid is another stock video footage platform that provides an opportunity to search according to themes, shot type, and people.

Users can also lookup clips from featured filmmakers or artists. Artgrid offers video clips of up to 8K video quality.

The price range is between $25 to $50 per month depending on HD to raw/log clips.

 

Credits: artgrid.io

 

Life of Vids

Life of Vids

Credit: lifeofvids.com

 

Life of Vids has a collection of stock footage, clips and loops created by Canadian web design agency Leeroy.

Each video clip is free to download from Vimeo with maximum quality of 1080p. They are put together in collections and categorized such as city, drone, people and clouds.

All of the stock videos and pictures are royalty-free. Though, redistribution of the clips on other platforms are set to 10.

Life of Vids also has a sister website, Life of Pix, that lets users download free stock pictures.

 

Coverr

Coverr

Credits: coverr.co

 

Coverr has a nicely organized webpage with different categories of stock videos available for free download.

It also offers virtual Zoom backgrounds that users can download and add to their Zoom chats. However, it does not have any stock pictures.

Coverr does not require users to give any credit or attribution for the videos. They are available without any licenses.

 

Vidsplay

Vidsplay

Credits: vidsplay.com

 

Vidsplay has a considerable amount of free stock videos available in its library. They are sorted into different categories making it easier for users to find them according to their requirements.

Although the videos are free to download for any personal or commercial use, but Vidsplay requires users to visibly add a credit link in the video production.

Vidplay adds new videos each week that keep its content fresh and unique.

 

Storyblocks

Storyblocks

Credits: storyblocks.com

 

Storyblocks, formerly known as Videoblocks, offers a wide array of aerial shots, animated backgrounds, templates, and time-lapses.

In just $30/month or $360/annual, users can gain access to an unlimited number of royalty-free stock 4K videos, audio clips, sound effects, After Effect templates, pictures, and illustrations.

Storyblocks has also introduced its own video editor tool. It can also be accessed through a monthly plan.

Royalty free video sites infographic

 

Final thoughts

All of these free stock videos picks are of immense quality and easy to browse through but to put together a great video for your next presentation or client pitch, consider hiring a video production agency whose expertise will not only spare you a lot of time but leave you with impressive final results.

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Posted by Adil Ashraf
02.26.2021

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