Finding great stock footage can be difficult, which is why I’ve put together this resource of the best websites for free stock footage for YouTube videos.
Whether you’re just playing around with some social posts, looking for some great B-roll, or putting together your own film, A quality clip can really elevate the look and feel of a video. The problem is, sometimes you just cannot create that clip yourself at that moment, or the effort involved may not exactly be worth it.
One of the best ways to work around this is to use the free stock footage made available by generous videographers from around the world on a few websites.
To save you time, these websites for free stock video footage can help you easily find the right clip to match your future YouTube videos, social media posts, or any other future projects.
These websites all do pretty much the same thing, providing you with valuable free stock footage, so we’ll keep the descriptions short, but you can find a mix of different videos on each of these websites, so make sure to check them all out.
Now let’s get to it.
Coverr is completely free, meaning that no attribution is required when using the free stock footage from this site, you don’t even need to sign up with your email address.
On Coverr you’ll find a good variety of different types of videos, all ranging from business, backgrounds to travel B-Roll. These royalty-free videos are mostly in 1080p HD, with some also available in 4k.
Like Coverr, MixKit.co requires no signup & no attribution in order to download & use the high-quality videos available on the website.
On this website, you’ll not only find a great variety of different types of royalty-free videos, but you’ll also be able to download an assortment of great free music & sound effects that you can use in your videos.
The footage is available in 1080p HD resolution, so whilst it isn’t quite 4K, the quality is more than good enough for YouTube & social media.
On Pexels you’ll find another great collection of completely free videos & images that require no attribution to the creator or site when using in your videos. Signing up is also not required.
One of my favourite features with Pexels is that you can search for videos in 4K quality, so if you need 4K, this website makes it very easy to find a fitting video.
Not only is it easy to use, but you can also find a very diverse & large collection of videos & free stock photos that will be sure to meet your needs.
Pixabay is very similar to Pexels in the way that you can find the right video to suit your project.
One of the benefits Pixabay holds over Pexels is that you can also find a great selection of vector graphics in case that’s something you want to work into your YouTube Thumbnails, include as a transparent object in your video, or whatever else you’d like to do with vector graphics.
5. YouTube Creative Commons
A great place to find quality videos of just about any topic is through YouTube itself. Many don’t know this, but YouTube has the option of allowing video creators to set their videos to be allowed for creative commons purposes.
When searching for videos, you can then filter these results to only show creative commons videos.
What I do recommend is to always link back to these creators & the video, as well as reaching out to the creator to ask & make sure they’re ok with the video being used. This has the added benefit that they may even share your video afterwards as it contains their clip. Win-win. 😉
On Videvo you’ll find a large collection of free stock video footage, you will need to provide attribution… Btw, always check yourself on the individual website & video clip the specific licence terms, as to what you can & cannot do for yourself. If you’re unsure, write the website with the specific video URL whilst outlining what you want to do & you’ll receive a definitive answer.
Back to Videvo, on this site you’ll also find some great motion graphics, music & sound effects that you can use in your YouTube videos.
This website has some beautiful videos, unfortunately, they’re made more for website use. You can include a max of up to 10 videos on your websites or in landing pages.
There’s a variety of categories; city, clouds, drone, water, food, nature, office & people, available in a high-quality resolution up to 4K.
On Splitshire you’ll find another great collection of high-quality videos with a resolution up to 4K. These videos are free to use without having to provide attribution, although it’s always appreciated when you do, & no signup is required.
The video collection is of great quality, but what really makes Splitshire special is its large resource of photos.
You can find Distill on wedistill.io. With this site, you can receive 10 free curated HD videos every 10 days that can be used for personal & commercial projects.
No attribution is required, the videos are of an exceptional quality, but one of the drawbacks for me is that you cannot see the video resolution before downloading the file.
Dareful is home to high-quality 4K free stock video footage. This small collection of beautiful videos you may recognize the formerly being stockfootageforfree.com.
You’ll find mostly nature-based drone videos here, great for video B-roll.
On Vidsplay you’ll find over 300 clips currently, with new videos added on a weekly basis. These videos are available in 1080p HD & some are available in 4k resolution.
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12. Free Nature Stock
This website is quite self explanatory – Here you can find great free nature based stock video in 1080p & up to 4K.
The nature videos here are anywhere between 10 seconds & a minute & a half in length, making them great if you have some type of outdoors channel or want to tie in a nature element seamlessly into your video.
This is another site that is completely free to use, with no attribution required, with everything being created & maintained by one-man, Adrian Pelletier.
13. Motion Elements
On Motion Elements, you can look forward to new content every week.
Whilst the layout can be a little bit less intuitive, you can still find some great videos in 1080p HD, & sometimes even in 4K.
14. Motion Places
Another motion-based site name, Motion Places is a niche free stock footage website with videos of places from all around the world.
If you need B-Roll from a famous city & can’t hop into a plane to fly halfway across the world, then this is the website for you.
Videos are in 1080p HD & they have a high-quality feel to them, as does the website.
On Mazwai you’ll find approximately 300 video clips in HD & 4K quality. The stunning free stock footage clips are hand-picked by their in-house team of video professionals, so you know you’re getting a good clip.
16. Nature Stock Videos
On this niche stock footage site you’ll find a plethora of nature-related stock videos.
Whilst the collection isn’t updated as often as some of these websites, on naturestockvideos.com all of the videos are available for free, without having to provide attribution, in high-quality 4K resolution.
17. XStock Video
With around 550 videos, XStock Video may have a modest-sized collection of videos, but they’re quite an interesting collection and the variety, in this case, may pay off for you.
The videos are also available in 1080p HD video resolution & you won’t have to link back to the site if you do use one of their clips in your videos, on your website, or on your social media.
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18. FOCA Stock
FOCA Stock may have a limited number of videos as well, but they offer a few additions that could make for an interesting & useful tool, not only for their video collection.
If you need additional graphics, then their free editor & templates can help you get the job done quickly & professionally.
Here you’ll find a large variety of different types of videos & categories to find the perfect clip. Pay attention though, like on all these sites, to check the licenses of any piece of video material you may want to download as not all licenses on Pikwizard are the same.
Even though premium content is mixed in with free content, which can be confusing, you can still find some great free video clips, in up to 4k video quality.
Canva is one of my favorites as a tool for just about everything digital. You can create just about any design/video with this free graphic design tool.
You can even find free stock video footage built right in, making it easy to add video clips to social media posts & to YouTube Intros. Canva is great for YouTube, not only for the video feature though, you can also use it to create high-quality YouTube Thumbnails, Channel art & even an end screen to get more people to subscribe to your channel or to keep watching.
My Favourite Affordable Stock Footage Websites
If you have a small budget, then you can elevate your videos with some premium stock footage without having to spend an arm & a leg. These are the two sites I use & recommend.
I previously mentioned Canva as a free option, but they also have a paid plan that comes to about $10/month when billed yearly ($120). This is a fraction of what normal stock video can cost, & with Canva you get access to millions of more pieces of content.
If you create more than just videos, then Canva provides more benefits in the form of hundreds of thousands of premium templates, 75 million premium graphics, videos, fonts & stock photos, the ability to remove backgrounds with the click of a button, & you can even resize designs quickly with the included elements adjusting their size accordingly.
Try Canva for free & you can even trial Canva Pro (without limitations) to see if it’s worth it for you. Get started here.
Envato Elements is what I like to consider the ultimate digital creator’s toolbox. You’ll find just about everything anyone that’s creating digital content could need:
- Stock Video (over a million clips)
- Video Templates
- Sound Effects
- Logo Graphics
- Social Media Templates
- Presentation Templates
- WordPress Themes
- Website Plugins
- Expert Ebooks & Courses
- And Much More
All of this for around $16.50/month + Local Tax (when billed yearly).
Find out more about Envato Elements here.
Even more websites for free stock video footage
- Production Crate
- Motion Array
- Bottled Video
- Ignite Motion
- Free Videos on Vimeo
- Motion Backgrounds
- Beachfront B-Roll
- Fancy Footage Club
- Mitch Martinez
- Pond5 (Public Domain Footage)
- Movie Tools
- Clip Canvas
- Bigstock (7 Day Free Trial = 35 videos)
There you have it, 42 of the best websites for free stock footage for YouTube videos. Which of these resources do you use, & did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below.
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