You've heard it said that a picture can say a thousand words. Well, a video can show a thousand pictures!
Video is a hot topic. Audiences are demanding more easily-digestible content that captures their eyes the moment they scroll down.
Creating high-quality video content used to be an expensive investment. But now, there's quite a range of free stock video sites that allow marketers and bloggers to capture audiences without breaking the bank.
However, not all free stock video websites are created equal. Some claim to be free, but if you dig a little deeper, you may discover download limits and content with watermarks that are not always for commercial use.
To help you in your search, we’ve done the legwork and created a list of the best FREE stock video sites along with key takeaways and points to consider for each.
Mixkit is a free stock video website that's truly free. No sign-up is required, no attribution necessary, no watermarks are applied, and all their high definition stock videos are available for commercial and non-commercial use.
Choose videos from a wide variety of categories and styles, including business, tech, fashion, travel, performing arts, and more. If it sounds too good to be true, you can read their license and terms and conditions here.
Videos can be used commercially
Great variety of HD videos
Pexels offers thousands of free stock videos from a large variety of categories to help creators bring beautiful designs and products to life. The great thing about Pexels is that it allows you to choose the quality of your stock videos by providing download links for various resolutions.
You don't need to subscribe to their website to download stock videos for free. However, you can sign-up free of charge to find and follow videographers who contribute to the website regularly, as well as to save your download history.
All videos on Pexels can be used commercially and non-commercially with no watermarks or attribution required.
Choose your preferred resolution
Videos can be used commercially with no watermark or attribution
Videezy is one of the largest video communities in the world and allows users to download free stock videos from their large, high-quality collection.
Many of the stock videos are completely free to use, however, some require you to upgrade to Videezy Pro before downloading. With Videezy Pro, you can purchase credits to download videos that aren't available with the free version.
Check the Videezy license for both their standard (free) content and their paid premium content. While their premium content can be used commercially and non-commercially without attribution, their standard (free) content must be used with attribution.
Videezy Pro costs:
1 credit: $19 per file
10 credits: $49 ($4.90 per file)
5 credits: $39 ($7.80 per file)
Select from a large range of free and paid videos
Subscribe to Videezy Pro to purchase credits for paid videos
Free videos must be used with attribution
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Pixabay is a stock video site that offers over a million completely free stock videos. To download, simply choose one of their many copyright-free videos and select your preferred resolution — it’s that easy!
All Pixabay stock videos are free to use both commercially and non-commercially. However, there are a number of rules that apply. So make sure to check the Pixabay license which outlines how their content can and can’t be used.
Over one million completely free stock videos
Option to select your video’s resolution
All videos can be used commercially
Videvo provides free, high-quality stock videos for both commercial and non-commercial use. This includes 30-second clips with no watermarks where attribution is required, as well as 10-second clips with watermarks but no required attribution.
You can also upgrade to their premium plan which offers a number of downloads per month depending on your plan of choice.
Videvo Premium Plan costs:
Videvo Plus: $14.99 per month
Videvo Pro: $24.99 per month
Large number of free and paid stock videos
For paid stock videos, subscribe to Videvo Plus or Videvo Pro
Remember to read their license as each video may have different usage rights
6. Stock Footage for Free
Stock Footage for Free claims, "No fees. No catch. Unlimited Downloads." This fantastic free stock video website has a large library of HD stock videos that don't require payment or attribution and can be used both commercially and non-commercially. In order to download their videos, you do need to subscribe to their website.
Free stock videos
Subscribe for free to download videos
Large library of HD stock videos available
Coverr is a completely free stock video website that provides marketers and entrepreneurs with hundreds of high-quality videos for all of their marketing and branding needs. With no watermarks and no attribution required, it's a great resource! Upon download, you'll receive a ZIP file that contains both your video as well as a JPG thumbnail image.
Videos are high-quality with no watermarks or attribution required
Videos will download in a ZIP file with a JPG thumbnail image included
8. Life of Vids
Not only does this stock video website have a super-sleek interface, but all of their SD and HD videos are free! All of Life of Vids videos are watermark-free and require no attribution for either commercial or non-commercial use. Throwing them a mention is encouraged — or you can simply donate an amount of your choosing to their site.
SD and HD quality stock videos
10 video redistribution limit
Vidsplay has many categories to choose from and all their HD stock videos are free of charge. However, Vidsplay does require you to credit videos with a link somewhere on your website or other media channel.
HD stock videos
Requires a credit link to be added
Mazwai handpicks every free stock video they provide to ensure the highest level of quality. Their direct relationships with artists means that you receive stunning stock videos that are safe to use commercially and non-commercially and are available in both standard HD and full HD.
It is important to note that the author of each video must be credited. It's also your responsibility to ensure you're allowed to use any music or sound effects within Mazwai’s video content.
All stock videos are free
Download in both Standard HD and Full HD
The authors of each video must be credited
11. Free Nature Stock
This free stock video website is the bee’s knees for all of your nature video needs. Each video is personally shot and edited by the authors of the website and are completely free to use both commercially and non-commercially. Free Nature Stock does not require you to credit authors, but they do encourage donations.
Each video is completely free to use
Nature videos only
No permission or attribution required
12. Motion Elements
Quickly and easily bring to life your content with a free stock video from Motion Elements. This site provides users with a range of stock videos in high-resolution formats that can be used both commercially and non-commercially.
You will need to sign-up in order to download videos, but it is completely free and doing so allows you 5 free downloads per week. If you refer a friend, you can increase that to 30 per week.
Lots of free videos
Can be downloaded in 2K, 4K, HD, and HD720
Sign-up to download videos and gain credits for future downloads
Free stock videos are great for marketers and individuals who want to create high-quality content without burning a hole in their wallet.
As the need for video keeps growing, we at Foleon have started to take a much more active approach to incorporating video into our own marketing mix. You can see our video hub here. We’ve also been pleased to see many of our customers do the same, for example, this interactive university magazine.
While these fantastic, easy-to-use, free stock video websites are available for everyone to use, it's always important to ensure you are complying with each site’s license, terms, and conditions.
Sean Filidis is a copywriter, blogger, web developer and content marketing specialist. He heads up content strategy at Foleon, making sure the right people see the right messages at just the right time.
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