Free video clips and free footage
In this curated list of free video websites, find millions of free video clips that you can use in various projects. Free video sites may have limitations to their free license, though. Understand the limitations before using free video clips in projects requiring copyright clearing.
Featured free video websites
More about free footage
Finding free video clips is an easy task. If you search for “free video” or “free footage” in your preferred search engine, you can find such sites at the top of your search results. Popular free video websites can have from thousands to millions of video clips. Depending on the site you may have access to many onsite search options to refine your onsite search. Before downloading free clips, check the license – you may want to know where and how you can use such clips.
Using free footage with people and recognizable famous places (stadiums, landmarks) in commercial projects may be problematic. Commercial use requires copyright clearing as well as model and property releases. Unfortunately, most free video sites don’t offer such coverage.
Stock footage includes all types of video clips shared and sold on an non-exclusivity basis. Stock footage and stock media are beneficial for filmmakers and video editors as they help save on shooting new footage material. Free footage is stock footage where copyright was fully or partially lifted and users don’t have to pay for licensing the video clip.
Don’t confuse “free” with “royalty-free”. The “free” in royalty-free does not mean there is no cost for the license. Here it refers to the fact that users can use the video clip without paying extra royalties. You don’t pay royalties to the creators, but the video clip is not exclusive to you, either.
If stock footage is completely free, you can use it in all projects. You don’t have the right to sell this stock footage as your own, though.
Free videos may be of lower quality compared to paid videos. The lower quality is about the video resolution. Free sites don’t have the same infrastructure and file storage like their paid counterparts. As a result, they need to compress downloadable video files. This usually has a negative impact on the technical quality of the clip.
Searching to download videos without watermark may send you in a grey zone where you might breach a website’s user policy. We don’t recommend engaging in such techniques. If you don’t find a free asset on free video sites, you might consider checking the list of paid footage providers.