While working on your film, sometimes you may be in a position where you want to show a scene which is nearly impossible for you to shoot, most possibly due to budget, shooting permission or time constraints. For example, you want to show an airplane takeoff, but due to limited budget and permission issues, it is not possible to get into the airport with all your film making gears. So, what can be the alternative to such a situation? Well, you can search for Stock Footage that are Royalty free, so that you can use it in your film without any copyright issues.

Thousands of Stock footage are available on the Internet to suit your needs. Also, the quality and resolution ranges from Standard Definition to 4K for Motion Picture use. There are a number of websites from where one can purchase stock footage. But before spending money, take a look at some of the best resources and websites from where you can download Royalty free Stock Footage for free.

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Also see: Top 5 Online Marketplace to Buy and Sell Stock Footage 

Websites that offers Free Stock Footage

  1. Stock Footage For Free – Stock Footage For Free offer a never ending library of stock footage from all around the world at absolutely no cost. You will never be asked for your billing information and there are no royalty fees. These Stock footage comes with a royalty-free license allowing you to use it in all types of productions for worldwide distribution, forever.
  2. X Stock Video – This Website offers a huge collection of stock footage which can be downloaded for free. The free versions are only available in Standard Definition format. But, the high definition footage’s are very cheap when compared to other premium and paid Stock Footage providers. From X Stock Video, you can purchase the HD version for $1 and Full HD for $2.
  3. Videvo.net – Videvo is the home of completely free HD stock footage and motion graphics for any project. Their royalty free library currently contains over 2300 High Definition clips and new stock video clips are added every week.
  4. Videezy – Videezy offer cost free and royalty free stock footage. You can browse a wide range of video clips from all categories and all downloads are available in Full HD formats. You can also contribute to the community by uploading and shring your own stock footage on Videezy.
  5. Free HD Stock Footage on Vimeo – Vimeo, the most widely used Video Sharing website after YouTube also have something to offer. A group by Phil Fried contains number of free Stock Footage that can be downloaded for free. All Stock Footage are Royalty free, as claimed by the moderators. This Vimeo group contains more than 200 Stock Video clips and members count is around 13.8K.
  6. Free Footage – Free HD Footage is another Stock Footage source that provides you with cost free and Royalty free HD 1080p Stock Video Clips. The top most categories include Building, Cities and Urban areas, Transportation, Nature and some CG (Computer Generated) stuff as well.
  7. Alex Free Stock Videos – Similar to a group on Vimeo (see number 5), a YouTube channel by Alex offers High Definition Stock Footage as well as Stock Green Screen Footage. Since YouTube does not allow you to download video directly, you can use third party YouTube downloader such as Keepvid. For more information, you can visit Alex Free Stock Videos About Page.
  8. Clip Canvas – Though Clip Canvas is a Paid Stock Footage website, but the site also offers some free content. All the free Stock Footage are separated in a single category and there are about 150 Video Clips that can downloaded for free of cost.
  9. Orange HD – Though it looks more like a personal blog, but the site contains cost free stock footage. Orange HD Stock footage can be used for non-commercial purposes. Video Clips are available in Full HD and HD formats.
  10. Cute Stock Footage – A library of wide range of Free Stock Footage, all video clips can be downloaded in Full HD 1080p format and comes with Royalty Free License.
  11. Video Copilot Free Stock Pack – Though the contents of this pack is limited, but anything from Video Copilot and Andrew Kramer is a lot. Free Stock Pack is bundled with various types of Stock Footage that you can use for your personal projects.
  12. Vidsplay – Vidsplay offers totally Free Stock Footage that are available in Full HD resolution and comes with Royalty Free license.
  13. Free Video Footage – Free Video Footage provides not only Video clips but you can also download Royalty Free Audio, Backgrounds, Special FX and much more. All you have to do is Sign up and start downloading.
  14. Stock Footage on Pinterest – Pinterest, the famous and widely used Bookmarking website has a board called “Free to Use HD Stock Video Footage” that offers links to High Quality Free Stock Video Clips.
  15. Beachfront B-Roll – Another good website to download free unique HD stock video footage and animated backgrounds for any production purpose. All clips in the library are completely free to use.
  16. Footage Freaks –  Get unlimited access to hundreds of royalty free stock media clips. New media is being uploaded all the time. No limited licensing.

I’ll keep updating this list as I discover more Websites that offers Free Stock Footage and Video Clips.