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Best Stock Video Sites for Royalty Free Stock Footage

August 10, 2019

In this video we’ll take look at our top picks when it comes to the best stock video sites for
royalty free stock footage no matter what style
video you’re producing. Hey, it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video, where we help you amplify your business and brand with video. If you’re new here then make sure you click that subscribe button and all the links to everything we mention in this video you can find linked in the description box bellow. So, let’s jump into it. Now, stock video footage is
incredibly handy when producing a huge range of video content. From simple clips that you can
use in a video intro or outro to B-role or C-role that
helps you communicate specific actions and motions or
messages in pretty much any of your video content. It’s also a huge time saver as well. But if you’re here watching this video, then you already know that
there’s a ton of stock video sites out there to choose from and that their definitely
not all created equal. So, in this video we’re gonna
run through my top picks, which projects I use them for and why. And while I’m running
through my recommendations if you’ve been using stock footage sites then let us know your number one pick and why down in the comments below. Now, there are so many sites out there, both free and paid. You’ve got things like
Videoblocks, Shutterstock, Envato Elements, Pond5, Pixabay, Videvo, Pexels, Coverr and I’m sure that
there’s a heap there that I’ve missed as well. But there’s a lot of them. So after trialing and
testing out a lot of these, I do have a few favorites that we keep coming back to for various projects. So, were gonna start off
with the free options and work our way into the paid options. Now, if you are here
looking for the free options then I would suggest at least hearing out our recommendations for the paid options because there is a difference. And it can be well worth the
dollars that you are spending. Now, just before I get
to my recommendations I do want to stress here
that you really need to look at the licensing agreement
or the licensing terms whether your looking at free
or paid stock video footage. If you’re gonna be using
someone else’s footage you need to know what
your obligations are. In some cases there might be
none and you might be free to use the footage wherever you like in other cases you might
need to give an attribution or credit to whoever created the footage. In other cases you might be restricted on what you can actually use footage. So it could be solely for
personal or private use. Some license requirements, one that you put things on YouTube, and some other footage might need to have a totally different license if its going to be part of a product that’s going to be sold like a course or some sort of training product. So, you really need to look at whether you’re looking at free
footage or paid footage look at the licensing
requirements before you use the video footage. It would be a pain to come back later or to get flagged for
copyrighting infringement later after you’ve released the video. So, then looking at the free sites my top two recommendations right now are Pexels and now both of these have
a decent size library of stock footage and they
both got pretty broad license terms as well. Meaning that in most
cases again you’ll need to look on a clip by clip
basis or look specifically at your used case and where
you’re gonna be using these. But these two seem to have
pretty loose license terms, meaning that you can use
these in most places. But, again you definitely need to check. Now, with any of these
sites they’re really only as good as their licensing options. But also as good as their
library or their catalog of stock footage. Obviously when you’re
looking at stock footage you’re gonna have something
in mind that you’re after it might be a time lapse
or a specific scene or action or someone
doing a particular thing that you need to use
or show in your videos. So, generally what you’ll
find with the free sites is while they have a decent
library, there no where near as full as comprehensive
or as easy to search and find the footage
as the paid solutions. You’ll also typically be
limited to lower quality file formats on the free sites. So some of them will only go up to HD and not have any 4K footage, some of them will only have 720p footage and not even 1080p. So, it really comes down to
what is you’re used case, obviously if you’ve got no
budget then some of these free sites are gonna help you. But, if your after the best
quality and the ease of use to find these clips, and in a lot of cases
the broader license terms to be able to use them
in different places with larger audiences as well,
then that’s where the paid options are really gonna stand out. So, my current number one
recommendation of the first place that I would say to go to would be Pexels and have a look on there
first, then as a really close second I’d say to check
out this is based on the
range of clips available and the quality of the clips but also the licensing terms as well. I’ve just found that Pexel
is for now, a better option. So, now I’m moving into the paid options, or the professional options. This is where you’re
gonna see that the quality of the video files are gonna be higher, the library sizes are gonna be bigger, there’s gonna be a lot more
options in there for you. Its gonna be easier for
you to find the clips that you’re looking for in these library’s cause the categorization of
the clips and the tagging on the clips is generally on a much, much deeper level and you’ve
generally also got a lot more control around licensing or options around licensing as well, to make sure that you’re getting the
license that is right for you. Now, each one of these paid platforms does have a different offering. So, whether you can buy
the clips outright or not, whether you’ve got to join
up as part of a membership, a monthly or annual fee
and also how many clips you’re gonna be purchasing
at a particular time. Because some of them will
also have bulk licensing or bulk distribution options as well. So, my top four are Videoblocks, Envato Elements,
Shutterstock and Pond5. Now Videoblocks is a
subscription based service. Meaning that you can’t
just buy a one off clip, you need to have an ongoing
subscription with Videoblocks to be able to access the
footage and to download clips. Now, with Videoblocks you’ve
got two subscription options you can pay for the basic plan which will start at $8.25
per month or $99 annually, or you’ve got the unlimited
plan at $16.59 per month or $199 annually. And the difference between
the two is the basic plan is gonna give you five
downloads of HD clips per month. And the unlimited plan is
gonna give you unlimited downloads of HD and 4K clips per month. But, so is it gonna
give you access to some After Effects templates and some stocked motion graphics templates as well. So really for that $199 per year you get access to login
anytime and download as much footage or as
many of the templates as you like for your projects. And that a huge selling feature here. Now, Videoblocks itself
is actually broken into two parts, you’ve got the
member library, which is all the content that you get
access to on those two plans. The basic plan and the unlimited plan. There’s also the Videoblocks marketplace, Which is a little bit different. This is where user generated
content or content creators have uploaded their stock
footage for you to buy. Now, this isn’t included in those fees, this is an additional expense. But, you do save 40% if
you do have a subscription. So you get 40% off those
clips if you’re already a Videoblocks member. Now.,In my experience I’m
a huge fan of Videoblocks and we do have an ongoing
subscription, have had an ongoing subscription with Videoblocks for quite some time. But when I’m searching for stock footage the clips that I’m drawn to, the clips that I like the most, aren’t the ones that are
included in the plan, aren’t the ones that are
included in their member library. The better clips that
I’m starting to find now, are the ones in the marketplace. So, its no big deal because
they’re still cheap, but it is an added expense
if they’re the ones you’re going to be using. So that Videoblocks. The second recommendation
I have is Envato Elements. This is a really new thing
that they’ve actually got stock video footage on here. Envato is the company that runs VideoHive which we obviously
recommend for a lot of video templates, entitled templates
and graphic elements for your videos. If you’re interested in
those I’ll out a link up in the cards now. But the stock footage side of this is new. And how there running
it is very similar to Videoblocks, so its a
subscription based model. So, there’s a monthly
plan for $19 per month. There’s also an annual
plan for $16.50 per month. Now both of these plans give you unlimited downloads and they also give you commercial licensing as well. Meaning that these clips can
be used in commercial projects. Now while the stock video
footage library in here isn’t as comprehensive as Videoblocks or Pond5 or
Shutterstock right now. They are growing it fast. What you do get in this
subscription is access to other things in the Envato
marketplace as well. You also get access to a
heap of video templates, word press themes and
plugins, stock photos, presentation graphic
elements and a heap of design assets and courses and things as well. So, it is definitely a
much more comprehensive offering outside of just stock footage. But if you are specifically
looking for stock footage the library is okay, but at
this point its relatively small compared to the others. But at that price point its
defiantly worth a look in. Now the next two were gonna
look at Shutterstock and Pond5. Probably in a different league. Meaning these ones you can
buy the clips individually. Some of them could be as low as $37 a clip right up to thousands of
dollars per clip depending on the license and the clip itself. But what you’ll find with
these two along with the higher price tag, is that you’ve
got access to so much more stock footage, there is way
more in there to choose from and to really help you find
what you’re looking for. And obviously with all
of that extra footage the search functionality, the
tagging, and the coding for each of those clips,
they’ve made it so much easier to find the specific things that you’re looking for. Because they’ve gone to
that extra level of detail on tagging and describing
all the clips for you. So, on Shutterstock you
can buy a single HD clip for around $75. But you can also buy a
pack of clips as well. So you can purchase
five HD clips for $359. Ten HD clips for $699. Or 25 HD clips for $1579. So you can see the more
you buy, the cheaper each clip actually becomes. This is really tailored to
more professional cooperate productions where you might be buying big chunks of B-role to
fully documentary or your cooperate presentation. So that’s the pricing for HD clips. There are 4K video files available as well at a higher price point. So with Pond5 as I said you
can buy the clips individually starting at around the
$35-$37 dollar mark up to thousands of dollars per
clip, depending on the actual clip itself and the
license that you require. But they do also have a membership
option available as well. So that starts at $199 per
month or you can jump on the annual plan for $999. So, that gives you access to
download ten clips per month out of their catalog of over
five hundred thousand clips. And if you you have any
downloads remaining in a month then those downloads will roll over to the next month as well. So you’re not loosing them
every month, you can actually build them up over time. If you’re not using them. And that subscription
also gives you access to HD and 4K video clips as well. So you can see with
those four, Videoblocks, Envato Elements, with
Shutterstock and Pond5 they are totally different offerings. While they are all stock
footage archives and places that you can buy stock
footage, licensing for your videos, that are totally
different as well. And there library are
totally different, and I can’t say that enough. You really gotta look at
first, what clip do I want? And then what license do I need? Where is this video going? And then how much am I
prepared to spend to get it? And that’s where for us were gonna look at Videoblocks first. We already have Videoblocks subscription. At $199 per year becomes
the absolute no brainer to look there first. We’ll then look at Envato
Elements to see what’s on there and if there’s a fit for
what were after at that time and then for any cooperate productions or higher budget productions we’d be doing then I would look at
Shutterstock, and them Pond5. But again it’s not so much
of go this one, then this one then this one, then this one
its find the footage first that is the best fit for
your video and then find the license that works for you. And then make sure you’re
getting the right license for where you’re video is going. Alright , so those are our recommendations for stock video sites. Now if you’re interested in
leveling up your music game inside your videos as well. Then there are some awesome
stock music options out there so check out the video linked on screen with our top picks and
where we get our audio from. And I’ll see you soon.


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    Nice video

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  • Reply ZOOK Gameplay August 26, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Third to comment and I will be using some for my videos
    Thanks for recommending!!

  • Reply Skiller dose August 26, 2018 at 10:17 am


  • Reply EveryDay ELLE August 26, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Yes. I’m early!! Thanks Justin your vids are always helpful!

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  • Reply Magdalena Koh August 26, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Hi Justin..Brilliant thank you for these picks, very useful could use some tips from you for my work. Look forward to more and thank you for taking your time to do this too…

  • Reply ABC Android August 26, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Hay Justin! Great work dude. I also prefer Pexels because I personally find out best stock free video from this site. Thanks for sharing this information in details..

  • Reply Edward Fisher August 26, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Great video Justin, have you tried wevideo essentials? I'm using it, it's quite good but missing things I need.

  • Reply Marcelo Santana August 26, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Great video! I would love to see videos about the copyright when producing video forma personal and business YouTube channel as well for company presentation and advertise. I find to be a nightmare all levels of licensing because sometimes the reach is so small but the fees are on the thousands.

  • Reply Eric Leszkowicz August 26, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    I can’t thank you enough for information you put out in videos like these.

    I think I have more of your video saved in playlists than any other single YouTuber.
    Some of the knowledge you have shared I have been able to incorporate into creating two short films and I leave Wednesday to do the filming on my third.

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  • Reply Monev360 August 26, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    I appreciate you doing this video, Justin! My channel covers hip-hop music so I do end up having some footage in my videos that I don't own, so this could be a great way to be able to minimize that with using royalty free footage that will get the point across. I'm thinking about trying out either Pexels or Videoblocks.

  • Reply Naveen's Tech August 26, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Justin, Can you also please provide the list of sites having nice Royalty free music. thanks!

  • Reply Amanda Oak Ince August 26, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Hi Justin, Thank you another great informative video. Your video are always on point.

  • Reply Misha Basu August 26, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you so much for such an informative video. For newcomers like me on YouTube this is a revelation because I had no idea such sites were available both paid and free. Thanks a ton.

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  • Reply William Benner August 27, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Over all, I have used Pound 5 more than any other. However, I only use stock video/images only for the stuff I can't create on my own. Thank you for this video, though…well done, lots of info!

  • Reply The Frankly Speaking Show August 27, 2018 at 3:07 am

    Pexels is for video? I could only find photos there. No clips.

  • Reply vanessa6297 August 27, 2018 at 3:23 am

    Thanks for sharing. I love the user interface of Pexels.

  • Reply Eddie Jaoude August 27, 2018 at 6:37 am

    Great tips and overview! Thank you 👍. I started shooting my videos in 4K, that makes stock footage a bit more expensive 🤔

  • Reply Porcelain Studio August 28, 2018 at 2:38 am

    Help! I know this is off topic but, On my GH5 the Stabilizer operation mode greyed out, and I can't figure out how to turn this function on??? Please advise, Thanks!

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  • Reply Idiot Of The Day August 28, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Another great video Justin. Thanks for all the great tips.

  • Reply Brad Poirier August 29, 2018 at 3:36 am

    Ok. I know A roll and B roll. What the frig is C Roll! I googled it and nothing !

  • Reply Bro Smart August 29, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Pexels also have free nice video and photo.

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  • Reply Andrew James September 6, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Forget the free sites they just lock you to paying sites seems very commercial this video

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    I have some glitch videos for you.

  • Reply Faith McHaney September 23, 2018 at 5:47 am

    Do you have to use pexels on a desktop computer? I can’t get the footage to download on my phone

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    Hi Justin, I'd like to put our site out there for anyone looking for free stock footage. It's and every clip on our site can be downloaded for free in full HD. Commercial usage is allowed with attribution. Thanks for your consideration!

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    Great Stuff! Thank you

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  • Reply Awais Studio November 23, 2018 at 10:10 am

    The best video.Thanks

  • Reply Cameron Christian December 18, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    fast forward to 4:15 for the sites

  • Reply Michael Clever December 22, 2018 at 3:07 am

    Thank you. This was extremely helpful.

  • Reply TSG December 26, 2018 at 4:38 pm

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  • Reply Brian The Science Show January 4, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    This video is just a sneaky attempt to take you to paid sites. Big thumbs down.

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  • Reply KG - Free Stock Footage January 15, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Hi, I invite you to my channel that I'm just starting, but my idea and purpose is to provide to YouTube community free stock footage. I mean really free, without any registration on external sites and so on. Every video on my channel has a link to DropBox folder, simple as that 😉

  • Reply Ron Heverly January 19, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    These sites are a rip off. $70 for a 10 sec clip I'll trim down to a few seconds and never use again!? I'm an artist. I get wanting to make money. But get real!

  • Reply James Hodge January 20, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Hey Justin, great video! So thanks. I just wanted to know is there any video sites where you can sell on video clips legally using a creative C licence?. I know of the site that allow reselling of video clips. However! they are very very pricey. I'm looking for a value for money service that alows resales? any advice on some sites?

  • Reply Ayman safwat - علامة استفهام January 27, 2019 at 12:33 am

    thank you

  • Reply stephen whoever January 28, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Pexels only image not video 🙁

  • Reply ransel usang January 31, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    iI am very confused and sad how to sell my aerial videos so they can be easily sold

  • Reply The Resort February 15, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Great video thanks! : )

  • Reply Mr. Basic February 18, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Thank you, this was perfectly helpful!

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  • Reply Charlotte Evans March 30, 2019 at 2:11 am

    This was very helpful information thank you for taking the time to share!!

  • Reply James Macdonald April 3, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Massive help! 👌🏻👍🏻👏🏻🎥🎞🎬🎧📷

  • Reply LatinHickTV April 8, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    I need video for father daughter. Can you do that?

  • Reply satish kumar April 28, 2019 at 6:24 am

    good information

  • Reply Mas Ndika May 1, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Thanks for your information.

    what font do you use for thumbnails, bro

  • Reply Jørgen Kirkegaard May 6, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Justin,

    Great video.

    I'm very much into history and I would like to help make sure history is not forgotten. However, I´m very much in doubt on how to get footage and film/ video to make great content. Can you help me on how to go about this, where to get the material to produce documentaries? Are there any archives which are free? I heard that footage before a specific year are free to you, because there's no copyright, is that true?
    Hope you can guide me.

  • Reply Игорь Борсуков May 7, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Chris Martin?… )

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  • Reply 3N May 30, 2019 at 3:29 am

    can i use that totally free video clips to my you tube creation get from sites that you have given in your video without copyright strike? plz reply sir,, i'm from Sri Lanka

  • Reply WarpedTrekker May 31, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    I need UNGRADED RAW ProRes or Cinema DNG to use for color grading projects. None of these sites appear to offer that. Also all of this footage looks "stock". I'd like to see short scenes that look like they came out of a movie.

  • Reply Malik Tayyab June 2, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Thank you 😍

  • Reply KIESE MEDIA June 7, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Impressive video. enjoyed seeing it.
    Carry on .subbed you.
    I would be glad about it when you support me too 🙏 🙂🙏😃 ❤&✌

  • Reply HoneyChai June 9, 2019 at 1:06 am

    If I want to use youtube videos e.g. a BMW car commercial or Avengers trailer for non-commercial work such as composing my own music with these videos to use as my demo reel, I only need to say where the video is from in the description right?

  • Reply NatureStockVideos June 9, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Im publishing free 4K nature stock footage if anyone needs it

  • Reply Bang Hotang June 13, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Can use it in YouTube?

  • Reply Bang Hotang June 13, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I looking for free video at least duration 3 minutes

  • Reply Simon Gorges June 14, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Thanks for that great breakdown, really helped!

  • Reply IA Tube June 21, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    My Best is Pixabay. Just Download a use, Anywhere, Anytime, for Free

  • Reply OfficialBlueboy June 29, 2019 at 9:31 am is just photos. Why are you suggesting this for film?!

  • Reply Indian Cowboy July 20, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Thanks a lot dude

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    thanks for this!

  • Reply Muhammad Imran Khan July 27, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks sir so nice sharing

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    Thanks men.

  • Reply Hassan Bilal August 5, 2019 at 3:03 am

    nice and informative

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