This post will discuss where to find video footage for your projects. As instructional design moves to the web for e-learning and e-training, learners expect videos and interactivity. Therefore, below is a collection of web sites that offer quality video footage. Some of these listings offer partial- free or all-free footage and some offers are for a fee. I previously covered where to find Free Royalty Free Photos and Illustrations, and Public Domain Images for Personal and Commerical Use.
**Please read terms and conditions for each site before usage because each sites’ terms and conditions change without notice. Companies listed are in alphabetical order. Each web sites description is directly from the perspective site. Below is a screenshot of a course I created with Articulate Storyline, using free video footage for commercial and personal usage.
1. Artbeats – The premier source for quality footage with new clips being added each month.
2. Footage.net provide creative professionals with the tools they need to discover and obtain the best stock footage from the world’s top footage companies– quickly and easily from a single site. At Footage.net researchers can search multiple collections simultaneously, view over two million stock video clips, and communicate instantly with our stock footage partners.
3. Vimeo Free HD Stock Video – All clips you find in this group are given away for free to use in your productions. Feedback welcome!
4. Getty Images – Find premium stock video footage from archival film to contemporary HD stock video. Everyone has a story to tell. We’d like to help bring yours to life. We have over 1.8 million powerful, high quality videos, all hand-picked by our team of experts from leading film makers and videographers around the world. So, no matter what your project, you’ll find just what you need.
5. HBO Archives – A full-service stock footage library for commercial/professional media use. Our collections include Sports, Entertainment News, Contemporary etc.
6. Orange HD – A lot of full HD footage and video material for non-commercial purposes. There are no hidden costs or need to sign-up. Download is completely free.
7. Stock Footage for Free – We’re your headquarters for professional quality stock footage and video. All of our footage is available in HD broadcast quality. We offer a never ending library of stock footage from all around the world at absolutely no cost! You’ll never be asked for your billing information and there are no royalty fees. Our footage comes with a royalty-free license allowing you to use it in all types of productions for worldwide distribution, forever. There are never any fees.
8. iStock – Budget friendly quality stock video footage.
9. T3Media – Highly regarded company that provides video footage and services for all your production needs. We license the National Geographic Video Stock Footage. The National Geographic footage collection features cultural and geographic wonders, captured by some of the greatest explorers of all time.
10. TV News and Service – We offer high-quality news, archive, and creative video content to be used in a variety of projects and television productions.
11. Video Blocks – Video Blocks is a subscription-based resource for downloading royalty-free stock footage, motion backgrounds, production music, sound effects, after effects templates and more.
12. Videezy – A community that provides a place for professional and amateur videographers to download and share free HD stock video footage and free b-roll footage with each other. All the video clips you will find here are HD quality and completely free to use in your projects. Shared under a Creative Commons license or part of the public domain.
13. Xstockvideo – All our footage is in web resolution 960×540 and HD resolution 1280×720. Free to download and free to use in a ‘Free to view video project’ (promotional, event, educational, client, YouTube without ads). If you want to use the footage for commercial purposes (a film or television production, commercial app, game, YouTube with adds or other software) you can buy an extended License for a small fee.
Additional resource for FREE stock video footage and intros.